The liquid in the bottle was so oddly coloured, it seemed to be glowing. It looked awful. Almost alien-like. I had to buy it.
Was there any chance that this Verde tomato clam cocktail, the green version of Mott’s Clamato, could actually taste good?
I tried it three ways: unaltered, with just vodka and ice, and mixed with vodka, Worcestershire, Tabasco sauce, celery salt, black pepper and lime as you would when making a Caesar cocktail.
So, here we go:
Visual aspects: Moves like glycerin. Colour – 1958 Ford Thunderbird Cascade Green with flecks of Sally Hansen Pacific Blue Xtreme Wear nail polish.
Bouquet: Used wax crayons on the nose with subtle notes of rancid walnuts and Original Chapstick.
Taste: 1) Unaltered – Citric acid burn up front gives way to black peppercorns, green peppers, plastic pen tops and late harvest cucumber skins.
2) With ice and vodka – same as above but plastic is less prevalent thanks to the vodka. (Would recommend 4 parts vodka to 1 part Verde.)
3) As a base for a Caesar cocktail – The seasonings (Worcestershire, Tabasco, et al) made it possible to take two swigs. Looks like compost liquid, tastes like regret.
Overall thoughts: I’m surprised this product made it out of the boardroom brainstorm session and on to store shelves. My comments are a bit tongue-in-cheek but the descriptors are no exaggeration.
From what I can tell, Verde was first released last year just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. So, it’s a gimmick, pure and simple. It’ll sell because people will be curious about it, but I doubt people will buy it more than once.
Remember Heinz and the purple ketchup?
From the comments I read on Instagram, many people feel the same way about the Verde as I do. But go ahead, pick up a bottle and let me know what you think.
P.S. My apologies to the people behind Tito’s vodka.