Hi. I read your article regarding the Kosher status of Smirnoff Ice and other malt beverages. I too, was very interested in finding out the Kosher status of Smirnoff Ice and Mike’s Hard Lemonade. While I was not able to find out anything specific on Smirnoff Ice, I DID find out about Mike’s Hard Lemonade. I found out at the time of my investigation (late 2004) that concurrent with your findings the ingredients in Mike’s Hard Lemonade are in fact Kosher. HOWEVER, after pressing further and speaking WITH the Mike’s Hard Lemonade executives, I ALSO found out that they produce other drinks which DO contain grape juice in the same plant and utensils as the Hard Lemonade. They are not washed and also go through a heating process in the cooking. In fact, the reps at Mike’s were very aware of this Kashrus problem. This fact makes Mike’s Hard Lemonade undeniably not Kosher.
Also, with regard to Smirnoff Ice, you’re probably now aware (as I see your article was written in September ’05) that several of the Smirnoff Malt Beverage flavors are now certified under the KSA (good California Hashgocha). These flavors include Green Apple, Raspberry and Orange. I am sure that if Smirnoff “Ice” was Kosher, it would also be certified under them. Incidentally, the watermelon, grape and black cherry flavors of these Smirnoff malt beverages DO NOT have the certification the other above mentioned flavors do.
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