June 20, 2007

Bacardi Silver - Mojito

Anheuser-Busch has released a new flavor of Bacardi Silver to take advantage of the recent popularity of the mojito.

Bacardi Silver- Mojito is a flavored malt alcohol beverage, like many other alcopops (or, the even sillier name “malternative”). The difficulty in making a mojito in a bottle is to capture the light flavor, and fresh lime and mint. Also, it ought to taste somewhat like rum.

Upon first taste, Bob’s wife Liz said “It tastes like the gum!” I thin that’s a decent summary description. It tastes like an alcoholic version of the Orbit Mint Mojito. That’s because of the mint flavoring they used; it tasted like spearmint gum.

Compared to a mojito, this drink is strong and sweet; think of what a non-alcoholic mojito soda for kids would taste like, then add alcohol. Very sweet, it had that thick and cloying taste you find with most alcopops. Lime flavor more like limeade and not really any noticeable rum flavor. It was not a substitute for a mojito.

However, it was not half bad so long as you didn’t pretend you were drinking a mojito. It was definitely better than the super-cloying watermelon alcopops out there (Smirnov and Bacardi). If you like alcopos then you’ve probably prepared to overlook the shortcomings of this drink.

Bacardi Silver - Mojito gets a mixed score. Don’t expect it to taste like a mojito; expect Mike’s Hard Limeade with Mint.

Posted by James at June 20, 2007 9:12 AM
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I just bought a six pack on Monday to see how it tasted. I have 5 left and I don't see them leaving my fridge anytime soon.

Posted by: Sara at June 20, 2007 9:45 AM

I like the term "malternative" because it emphasizes that malt is being substituted for the real thing.

I was thinking there are things like wine coolers that also come in mixed-drink flavors, that would be "alcopops" without being malt drinks. If you're specifically avoiding malt drinks, then that might be a useful distinction.

(Or maybe some of the wine coolers have malt in them too? I don't know!)

Posted by: Julie at June 20, 2007 10:01 AM

Re Alcopops: we call them "Barbie Beers".

I might be trying one of these, but more likely not. I like real mojitos too much to go for a cloying substitute.

Posted by: Lynn at June 20, 2007 10:22 AM

Wine coolers generally are also made from malt. It's cheaper and easier to get high alcohol. I only found out about this when I was diagnosed with celiac and discovered that almost no wine coolers were made with wine (maybe none?). this is why until recently when GF beers became available the only handy alternative to beer at a picnic was hard cider (wine or had liquor were OK but inconvienient forthings like apres softball beveraging)

Even things like Smirnoff and Barcardi do not contain either vodka or rum.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at June 20, 2007 10:33 AM

Some of the Bacardi bottled drinks DO say they contain real 151 rum... but I don't know what else they contain. They're yucky anyway.

I remember when you could buy wine coolers in a 2L bottle. *shudder*

Posted by: Julie at June 20, 2007 12:42 PM

Hmmmm. Booze and Pork. I think I'll have to pass on commenting on these two topics. Now if you could work up something about Pork barrel projects involving booze, I may be able to contribute. ;-)

Posted by: briwei at June 20, 2007 1:03 PM

Oh God no! What a terrible thing to happen to a nice mojito. Malt liquor? Bleh - that's a crime against nature. Or against humanity. One of those things. There is nothing like a real mojito with fresh mint from your garden and real dark Cuban rum. Mmmm!

Come to think of it, I think Anheuser-Busch is going neck to neck with Walt Disney for the title of Antichrist. They may even have slipped ahead a little. Feh.

Posted by: Cindy at June 20, 2007 4:47 PM

Sara, send them over. I like the gum. Plus, I'm very lazy.

Posted by: pippa at June 20, 2007 7:11 PM

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