Jan 21st, 2022

CANTEEN Vodka Soda Review: Watermelon

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Canteen Watermelon Vodka Soda

Rating: 82 Points

Calories: 99

Carbs: 0g

ABV: 5%

CANTEEN Watermelon Vodka Soda Goes Light with This Mild Fruit Flavor

Canteen Watermelon Vodka Soda— Remember back to the days of visiting your grandparents as a child. Sitting on the back porch and spitting out the seeds while eating a glorious wedge of succulent watermelon. In fact, it is the seeds that is the only unenjoyable thing about eating watermelon. Once you learn how to spit out the seeds, there is nothing stopping you from enjoying the delightful fresh flavor of watermelon whenever you want. Now imagine taking that watermelon flavor, adding a splash of vodka, and putting it in a can. Sounds tasty and perhaps like a bit of work, but luckily for you CANTEEN Watermelon Vodka Soda has done all of the work for you.

Mild Fragrance

Normally when you open a can of a fruit flavored spiked seltzer you are greeted with the bold fragrance of the fruit. Sometimes the scent is strong and authentic and sometimes it is strong and artificial. When you open a can of CANTEEN Watermelon Vodka Soda you are met with a very light fragrance of the fruit’s essence. It can be hard to discern at times but what fragrance is there is authentic, albeit light. Like other vodka sodas from CANTEEN, this flavor has a 5% alcohol by volume and 99 calories per can to go along with 0 grams of total carbohydrates and 0 grams of total sugars. It is also gluten-free.

CANTEEN Watermelon Vodka Soda Has Just a Kiss of Flavor

When you have a favorite fruit like watermelon and you see a spiked sparkling cocktail at the store in that flavor, you probably get excited. You anticipate a vibrant fragrance bouquet followed by an even bolder flavor experience. Ultimately this watermelon vodka soda doesn’t deliver that experience, but we’re guessing it’s by design. Watermelon is a tricky flavor profile and can be even more fickle than the consumers who adore it. Too little and it can taste like nothing but water. Too much and it quickly becomes artificial tasting and takes on the identity of a Jolly Rancher candy. But look at the milder flavor of this sparkling cocktail as an opportunity get creative. It’s smooth and refreshing as-is, but playing mixologist is always fun and this flavor is a good canvas for your inner drink artist.

Light Is Right

When you think about childhood memories, things like learning the art of spitting out watermelon seeds can really stand out. It is a happy memory of happy times. If you were to make the ideal beverage, it would be one that can transport you to those happy places. And although CANTEEN Watermelon Vodka Soda doesn’t completely replicate the sweet, succulent flavor of ripe watermelon, it does present a lighter and very refreshing version. The hint of watermelon will make this vodka seltzer appealing to drinkers who don’t desire overwhelming fruit flavors. And the spirited finish produced by the vodka base will appeal to seasoned cocktail enthusiasts. Actually, the more we think about it, this sparkling watermelon cocktail might be just right.

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