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SESH: Healthy….Alcohol?

Sesh is delivered in a nicely designed box. photo by Corrina Lawson

As a child of Generation X, I grew up in the era of the wine cooler, that sometimes foul mixture of soda and wine. So when a brand of low-carbohydrate alcoholic beverages called Sesh reached out to me, “Cocktail meets seltzer,” is its motto. I couldn’t help but be intrigued. Was it possible to get that hit of carbonation with the flavor of a mixed beverage that would also not send my blood sugar racing?

The answer, it turns out, is mostly yes.

First of all, while Sesh publicizes its’ low carb content freely, it doesn’t exactly make the claim it’s healthy. But as someone who’s avoided mixed drinks for the past two years because of high carb content, it certainly seemed like a healthier alternative to me. (I need to watch my blood sugar.) I wanted Sesh to be the thing I could drink occasionally, given its low 16 carb content.

I quite liked it. But your tolerance for Sesh may be directly related to your need for alcohol purity.

My husband said the Whiskey Sour Sesh was fine but he, a whiskey drinker, far preferred it straight from his high-class bottles. In other words, Pappy Van Winkle, it’s not. But I found it a fine drink that goes down easy.

Sesh 12 variety pack
The variety pack.

The Sesh Flavors:

Here’s the full list of flavors that I received to sample Sesh. There are other flavors, such as gin & tonic (which sounds perfect) and Moscow Mule but they didn’t come with this 12-pack.

  • Mimosa–My favorite of the bunch, a cocktail I like with added bubbles.
  • Spicy Mango Margarita–It must be said, mango is not a flavor for me. But I appreciate the carbonation addition to margaritas.
  • Whiskey Soda–I’m drinking this right now, as noted above. First time I’ve finished something with whiskey. In other words, the whiskey is mild.
  • Whiskey Ginger –Ginger bites! But in a good way.

In any case, I’ll now be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with a little bit less guilt than usual.  And, hey, Sesh has one thing in common with those long-ago wine coolers I craved: at less than $25 per twelve-pack, it’s affordable.


One comment

  1. Edo Bosnar

    Heh. Not much of a drinker of any type of alcohol these days, but when you mentioned wine coolers it brought back some memories. That time when they were all the rage in the 1980s pretty much coincided with my high school years – and then they seemed to disappear from the public consciousness almost as quickly as they appeared.
    I still fondly remember the TV commercials for certain brands, though, especially Bartles & Jaymes. Those were genuinely funny…

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