Free! No wait, still need to pay, but not pay as in the HIPS...or thighs, or back fat...

As a drinker of the evil "alcopop" it was with interest I saw a new product on the market by the makers of Vodka Cruisers, Cruiser "Free", as in sugar free.
"Finally!" I thought! The manufacturers have caught up to the consumer demand. Long have we wanted such a product for us figure-conscious-alco's.
Personally I prefer not to drink my entire days calories on a night out, if I can avoid it. So yay for Sugar Free initiatives. (Cruisers aren't the first around however, the first ones I can think of were Archer's Spri (151 Calories in a bottle), Archer's being Schnapps. I always thought they were kind of....gross.
And of course just about anything that mixes with Coke now has a Coke Zero/sugar free version available.
So, while I've seen advertising for these new Free things, I can't actually find anywhere to buy them. I've left a message with someone called Martin at Independent Distillers for feedback on when I can expect to see them instore. Yay.
(Hilarious after I left my details with the receptionist, she inquired "what company are you from", I replied "oh nowhere, I'm just a person, wanted to drink your product"

Lets play, list the flavours. I'm a fan, but even I didn't realise there were more than ten flavours
So let's try to list them from L-R in the picture above. For a better image, try the site.
  1. Lurid Pink- This is cranberry and lime I think, and it wasn't bad from memory. I think it may have tasted a little like drinking jelly snakes though. I know one of the newer flavours did. (Or was that the horrid WKD product....?)
  2. Dark Red- ??
  3. Peachy - ???
  4. ICE. Speaks for itself.
  5. White- LEMON. Both this and ICE are just ripping off the flavour of good ole Stoli (220 calories/bottle)
  6. Yellow I - PINEAPPLE. Good, I like. I prefer a Bacardi Breezer in Pineapple though. They aren't QUITE as sweet.
  7. Yellow II -PASSIONFRUIT.
  8. Orangey - Orange??
  9. Pink- My fave, GUAVA
  10. Orange/Red - ???
  11. Red- RASPBERRY ick makes your mouth look like you knocked your teeth out.
  12. Pale Green - LEMON/LIME (I'm pretty sure)
  13. Green - MELON ick, too sickly sweet. The pineapple in a Midori splice/illusion (200 calories/bottle)balances out the overly sweetness in Melon Liqueur drink IMO.
  14. Blue- BLUEBERRY- ick. Makes your mouth blue.
I remember when I first got into premixes after High School, my favourite was Pink Grapefruit Sub Zero's. Happily, Pink Grapefruit now comes as a flavour in Breezers (190 calories/bottle). Yum. Back in those early days is was pretty much Blueberry, Raspberry and Passionfruit though. Mmm, Primary colours.....
Yay for new flavours!
So, help a girl out, what are the other flavours pictured?
Have a great weekend, I might pop home and imbibe some sugary, alcoholic calories right now.....

13 kindred spirits ~ This bugs them too!:

Reanan said...
May 23, 2008 7:01 PM

The problem is, all alone, alcohol is through the roof KJs anyway... have you seen the nutritional info on them?

I've had the pinky 'free' ones, a little bit fake sweet flavour but tolerable.

# 2 Mulburry I think... I've only ever had one interstate

#3 is indeed Peach

#4 = vile... yucky yuck.

#12 = even more disgustingly vile than #4.

e_add2008 said...
May 24, 2008 2:30 AM

Were is the rum and coke or vodka and orange juice?
Just thought I'd say howdy :).

My body weight went up this morning and drinking is a sin, oops, I mean, NoNo for me.
I got the organized on my blog, but yours seems more interesting. Could you take a look again and how do you get music to play while a person visits?

I am sorry, you said keep you posted on my progress :) People with good memories are so smart, like you.
God Bless (ooops)

steve at the pub said...
May 24, 2008 10:42 AM

At their peak Vodka Cruiser came in 22 flavours.

.. which is more flavours than I am able to name off the bat.

It seemed every time I turned around there was another couple of flavours being pushed onto me.

Independant distillers would sell the stuff in 10 pallet lots.

I always had this dread that when the Cruiser phenomenon finally crashed I would be stuck with a couple of pallets of asparagus (or somesuch) flavoured cruiser.

K said...
May 26, 2008 10:28 AM

#3 was Tangerine wasn't it? They try to go for the 'exotic' fruits.

I think #10 might be Blood Orange.

#2 Might have been Cranberry or Mulberry?

I was never actually a fan of these - except the Ice one. That was nice.

I was always quite partial to the Green Apple UDL though. Not low sugar in the slightest though!

Dataceptionist said...
May 26, 2008 11:57 AM

Yeah Reanan I struggle with the calorie count already, so...

Hey e_add, I don't think pre-mixed Vodka Orange would be very nice personally. But then, that's just my opinion.
I wish I could think of drinking as a sin, but I just can't ;)

Hola Steve at the Pub! (Welcome) 22 flavours! I had no idea! hahaha I love the idea of a pallet of asparagus flavour, reduced to clear at 50c a bottle.

Tangerine actually sounds kind of yum K. I like Blood Orange flavoured things too. EW! Idea of Green Apple flavoured soft drink makes my stomach turn. Hehehe

Reanan said...
May 26, 2008 9:02 PM

K! The shame lol, Nobody actually drinks UDL and admits it surely?

From a can? ew.

Meanwhile asparagus flavour, hilarious.

K said...
May 27, 2008 12:48 PM

But the can is so handy for roadies (not when driving of course)! It sits neatly in the cup holder, and it holds more than a bottle and is cheaper (possibly due to mass unpopularity).

Strictly for private drinking only though.

Dataceptionist said...
May 27, 2008 1:47 PM

Hahaha nothing like mass-unpopularity for crushing market competition into nothing.
I will admit the other advantage of cans is their ability to find snugly into stubby holders, of which M and I are users (mine is Pink!) since we're bogans.

K said...
May 27, 2008 4:43 PM

See! Good for winter drinking!

I quite like Smirnoff Ice in a can too.

mm - canny goodness.

Fiona said...
May 30, 2008 7:18 AM

in the free variety, I've tried the mixed berry one, and there was only one other flavour on sale when I went to buy it, but cannot remember what it is

Dataceptionist said...
May 30, 2008 10:28 AM

Aww man feels like everyone but me has tried them

Where did you buy yours Fiona?

Tj Hollis said...
July 16, 2008 2:00 AM

The cruisers pictured here:

1. Cranberry & Lime
2. Rasberry
3. Orange & Rasberry
4. Ice
5. Lemon
6. Pineapple
7. Passionfruit
8. Californian Orange
9. Guava
10. Strawberry
11. Cranberry (not available in Australia anymore.)
12. Cool Lime
13. Melon
14. Blueberry

There have been a rather large number of deleted flavours too. These include Mulberry, Blackberry, Peach, Apricot, Cranberry, Lemon/Lime, Watermelon, Grapefruit, Mango, and Diet Bitter Lemon. I remember that all up they had released 25 different flavours over the years, not including the range of Cruiser Blacks (Ice, Guava, Lemon/Lime, Passionfruit, Rasberry & Cola) and the recently released Lychee flavour.

Hope that's of some assistance.....

Dataceptionist said...
July 17, 2008 11:12 AM

@ TJ Hollis
~Cool thanks man! and thanks for stopping by.
I take it Lychee is still for sale then...must get me some of that.
I wish I could have tried Blackberry too! That sounds great!
And Strawberry! How did I not know?!

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