We taste test eight cocktails in a can — but safely away from a train unlike Diane Abbott

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Diane Abbott was seen illegally drinking alcohol on a London Overground train
Diane Abbott was seen illegally drinking alcohol on a London Overground train

We taste test eight cocktails in a can — but safely away from a train unlike Diane Abbott
Picture by Gary Stone

We taste test eight cocktails in a can — but safely away from a train unlike Diane Abbott[/caption]

We taste-tested eight tantalising tins after Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott was spotted swigging an M&S mojito on a train — and had to carry the can for breaking ­Transport for London rules.

Giulia Crouch lifts the lid on marvellous mixes and those best left on the shelf.

M&S Mojito, 250ml, £2.09

M&S Mojito tastes a bit like toothpaste due to the mint
Gary Stone

M&S Mojito tastes a bit like toothpaste due to the mint[/caption]

I wouldn’t drink this on the Overground or Underground or the 113 to Streatham station.

It’s way too sweet. For a mojito you need fresh mint.

“Mint ­flavouring” makes it tastes like toothpaste. Sorry, Diane.

Rating: 1/5.

 

Smirnoff & Cranberry Vodka Mixed Drink, 250ml, £1.99

Smirnoff & Cranberry Vodka Mixed Drink reminds me of drinking at 18
Gary Stone

Smirnoff & Cranberry Vodka Mixed Drink reminds me of drinking at 18[/caption]

Nothing to complain about here. Vodka cranberry doesn’t suffer from being pre-mixed and canned.

It reminds me of drinking at 18 so this is a great trip down memory lane.

Rating: 4/5.

Gordon’s Pink Gin & Tonic, 250ml, £1.99

Gordon's Pink Gin & Tonic is the best of the bunch
Gary Stone

Gordon’s Pink Gin & Tonic is the best of the bunch[/caption]

When I’m sick of drinking beer at a festival this is my go-to beverage.

Aficionados will sneer but G&T in a can is actually all right and this one gets extra points for being pink.

Rating: 5/5 – best.

 

All Shook Up Passion Fruit Martini, 250ml, £1.65

All Shook Up Passion Fruit Martini is surprisingly light and tropical
Gary Stone

All Shook Up Passion Fruit Martini is surprisingly light and tropical[/caption]

I was pleasantly surprised by this. I thought it would be sickly and syrupy but it is light, tropical and zesty.

The passion fruit tastes real and it’s very drinkable.

Rating: 5/5.

Pimm’s No 1 & Lemonade, 250ml, £1.99

Gary Stone

Pimm’s No 1 & Lemonade in a can takes away the joy of making it in a big jug[/caption]

Part of the joy of Pimm’s is in the making.

I like digging out the most gigantic jug I can find, going overboard on the ice and even more so on the fruit.

With a can you get none of that. No fun.

Rating: 2/5.

Baileys Iced Coffee Latte, 200ml, £1.99

Baileys Iced Coffee Latte is seriously confusing - when are you supposed to drink it?
Gary Stone

Baileys Iced Coffee Latte is seriously confusing – when are you supposed to drink it?[/caption]

Confusing . . . when are you supposed to drink it? Not in the morning because it’s alcoholic, but I wouldn’t fancy a milky drink at an evening event either – and it won’t pair well with food.

Odd.

Rating: 2/5.

All Shook Up Espresso Martini, 250ml, £1.65

All Shook Up Espresso Martini is seriously disappointing and has an awful bitter aftertaste
Gary Stone

All Shook Up Espresso Martini is seriously disappointing and has an awful bitter aftertaste[/caption]

You know you’re in for a wild one if someone gets the espresso martinis in.

I was excited to hear you can now buy the cocktail in a can – but the acrid taste left me bitterly disappointed.

Rating: 0/5.


Jack Daniel’s and Cola, 330ml, £2.20

Jack Daniel's and Cola
Gary Stone

Jack Daniel’s and Cola is a classic combo – it just needs a couple ice cubes[/caption]

It is what it is – a classic combo of the famous Tennessee whiskey and cola.

You can’t ask for much more – except a few cubes of ice.

Pour this one into a glass, kick back and enjoy.

Rating: 3/5.

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