Cordina Light Frozen Cocktails

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Well, on the plus side, they're portable.
Given my endorsement of Baja Bob's low-calorie mixers and my reluctant enjoyment of Skinnygirl White Cranberry Cosmo, I think it's safe to say I have an above-average for tolerance artificially sweetened alcoholic beverages. I was, therefore, open to liking Cordina's new "light" frozen cocktails, especially since in the sweltering season I'm all about icy booze. I was disappointed.

I guess they weren't all bad. Certainly not as wretched as Chaos On The Rocks cocktails. Let's start with the positive. The pouches, which are sold at Randall's in margarita and strawberry daiquiri flavors at the very reasonable price of $2 for 10 ounces of a 5 percent alcohol drink. And whereas most other light/diet/sugarfree alcoholic beverages are only sold in full bottles or six-packs, Cordina Light Cocktails are single servings (you know, for those times, you only care about yourself getting hammered).

Plus, the plastic, portable pouches makes these cocktails ideal for settings in which drinking out of glass bottles is expressly verboten, e.g. along the Mardi Gras parade routes in New Orleans.

As for the taste, the strawberry daiquiri is okay. Very faux strawberry taste but not too sweet and infinitely more palatable when frozen. Made with wine rather than rum, so lacking in that true creamy, slightly spicy daiquiri flavor.

But, oh my, the "margarita." This was not good, not good at all. While I had no expectations for something even resembling a middle-of-the-road margarita, like one would find, say, at Pappasito's, I was still rather shocked to discover Cordina had managed to produce such a saccharine, overly tart, and antifreeze-esque beverage with an aftertaste that would cause even someone born without taste buds to pucker in dismay.

Randall's doesn't stock the third flavor of Cordina Light Cocktails, Mango Daiquiri, which, if given the choice, I would have selected over the margarita and strawberry. Despite my disappointment with the first two varieties, I will try the mango. Here's hoping the third time is the charm rather than bad things happen in threes.


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recordweb123
recordweb123

Not sure if my last post came up so I'll repeat, I love mudslides so I bought that and the other flavors. The Mudslide might be at home in the Rio Grande in the water but it isn't going anywhere near my mouth. Horrible flavor and taste like it went bad. I'm hoping the others are better but considering the amount of chemicals and using wine as a base, I'm not surprised. Better to make your own and pass on the chemicals. I'm not a sugar drinker by the way and use stevia or other sweetners. My wife tried it also and spat it out. Good luck with the rest of the brand. 

swallace
swallace

Interesting.  The light Margarita is my favorite!  I also love it's sold single serve.  This way I can offer a variety (for myself and friends).  Whoever came up with an adult drink pouch and attached straw is brilliant.  Perfect for the pool, lake and beach!  Delicious and effortless.  Two thumbs up Cordina! 

swallace
swallace

Interesting.  The light Margarita is my favorite!  I also love it's sold single serve.  This way I can offer a variety (for myself and friends).  Whoever came up with an adult drink pouch and attached straw is brilliant.  Perfect for the pool, lake and beach!  Delicious and effortless.  Two thumbs up Cordina! 

swallace
swallace

Interesting.  The light Margarita is my favorite!  I also love it's sold single serve.  This way I can offer a variety (for myself and friends).  Whoever came up with an adult drink pouch and attached straw is brilliant.  Perfect for the pool, lake and beach!  Delicious and effortless.  Two thumbs up Cordina! 

sdunikoski
sdunikoski

Love Cordina pouches!! They taste great...love the low cal flavors... Can take them to the beach, in a cooler , wherever! They are easy to take anywhere!

mr73
mr73

I love Cordina over all the other brands!! At my house we call them the adult Caprisuns. I am glad they finally came out with a light version because I don't like all the calories, and after one I am nice and relaxed.

mr73
mr73

I love Cordina over all the other brands!! At my house we call them the adult Caprisuns. I am glad they finally came out with a light version because I don't like all the calories, and after one I am nice and relaxed.

wenwojo
wenwojo

I LOVE CORDINA MANGO LIGHT!!


wenwojo
wenwojo

CORDINA IS delicious frozen or chilled, just unscrew the top, pop in the straw and let the good times flow. Cordina’s on-the-go beverages in a pouch are perfect for anywhere: the beach, the boat, the lake, the pool, tailgating, picnics, or even on your couch. Anywhere you GO, Cordina makes it better.
And YES, the alcohol is already in it.


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