How Many Smirnoff Ice To Get Drunk?

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Whether you are a seasoned drinker or a newbie, it’s always good to know more about the drink you consume. Want to give Smirnoff a try? Why not! After all, this ultimate summer ready-to-drink beverage offers a wide range of exciting flavors to try out. But, it’s good to ask how many Smirnoff Ice to get drunk.

With this info, you know exactly how to cap yourself. There’s not much worse bummer than waking up with a hangover, splitting headache, and back pain.

So, before you hit the liquor shelf, here’s a guide to share exactly how much of the Smirnoff Ice you need to drink to get drunk.

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How Many Shots of Smirnoff Ice Will Get You Drunk?

Typically, it takes about three to four shots of Smirnoff Ice to start getting drunk. This is assuming a single shot of Smirnoff Ice equates to 12 fluid ounces. Smirnoff Ice and beer have nearly similar alcohol content.


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In many cases, it would take the same amount of Smirnoff Ice as beer to get drunk. This is determined based on a healthy person with a high alcohol tolerance and who weighs at least 100 lbs. Remember that various factors also determine how quickly you get drunk.  

Here’s how different numbers of Smirnoff Ice shots will affect a healthy drinker on average;

Also check: How Many Shots of Vodka To Get Drunk?

A Single Shot

When a healthy person with a relatively high to normal alcohol tolerance takes one 12-ounce Smirnoff Ice shot, they simply get a small buzz.

During the first shot, you enjoy the beverage’s fruity notes with the faint alcohol aftertaste. But, even a single shot of Smirnoff can get a person with a lower tolerance slightly dizzy.

Three Shots

At three shots, you have enough alcohol in your body to deem you legally drunk. a healthy person with a high t average alcohol tolerance will start to feel slightly light-headed.

On the other hand, a person with a lower tolerance or smaller stature will start to show slight signs of intoxication.

Five+ Shots

After consuming more than five shots of Smirnoff Ice, you will start to show obvious signs of intoxication. The level of intoxication will be determined by how fast you drink in relation to your body type and alcohol tolerance, among other factors.

Smirnoff Ice comes in a selection of different flavors, in addition to the Smirnoff Ice Original. These flavors come in varying alcohol concentrations. For example, most Smirnoff Ice Smash varieties have an alcohol concentration of 8% ABV.

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On the other hand, regular single-fruit, multi-fruit, or cocktail-flavored varieties have a concentration of about 4.5& to 5% ABV.


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This means that the number of Smirnoff Ice shots to get you drunk varies. So, a person with a low alcohol tolerance can get drunk from just 1 Smirnoff Ice with an alcohol content of 8% ABV.

A drinker with an average to high tolerance will get drunk from at least 2 to 4 shots while more than 5 shots can get you inebriated.

What Is Smirnoff Ice?

Smirnoff Ice has slightly varying definitions in the US and elsewhere across the world. In the Us, Smirnoff Ice is defined as a flavored malt beverage, according to the official Smirnoff website. The Smirnoff ice is made just like beer using malt and contains no vodka.

It also comes in a wide range of flavors with alcohol content between 4.5% and 8% ABV. The most popular type, the Smirnoff Ice Original, contains about 4.5% ABV and boasts a crisp lemon-lime flavor, unleashing refreshing effervescence when sipped.

Because it’s classified as a malt beverage like beer and not vodka, you can get Smirnoff Ice from grocery stores in some states. So, you don’t have to visit a liquor store to find Smirnoff Ice.

Elsewhere in the world, Smirnoff Ice is considered a vodka-based mixed drink. Typically, it is mixed with Smirnoff 21st Vodka which gives it a relatively higher alcohol content than the standard 4.5% US-manufactured Smirnoff Ice.

Either way, whether you enjoy Smirnoff Ice in the US or elsewhere in the world, delicious, refreshing flavors are always guaranteed.

Smirnoff Ice Alcohol Content

The most popular type, Smirnoff Ice Original, contains 4.5% ABV / 9 US proof alcohol content. However, Smirnoff Ice comes in a selection of over 20 different flavors.


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This lineup also comes with varied alcohol content, ranging from 4.5% to 8% ABV. Here’s a summary of the alcohol content for some of the Smirnoff Ice flavors;


  • Smirnoff Ice Zero Sugar Original: 4.5% ABV/9 US proof

Single Fruit Variety

  • Smirnoff Ice Raspberry: 4.5% ABV/9 US proof
  • Smirnoff Ice Grape: 4.5% ABV/9 US proof
  • Smirnoff Ice Black Cherry: 4.5% ABV/9 US proof
  • Smirnoff Ice Mango: 5% ABV/10 US proof
  • Smirnoff Ice Strawberry: 5% ABV/10 US proof
  • Smirnoff Ice Green Apple: 5% ABV/10 US proof

Smash Variety

  • Smirnoff Ice Smash Strawberry + Lemon: 8% ABV/16 US Proof
  • Smirnoff Ice Smash Red White & Berry: 8% ABV/16 proof
  • Smirnoff Ice Smash Peach + Mango: 8% ABV/16 proof
  • Smirnoff Ice Smash Screwdriver: 8% ABV/ 16 US proof

Cocktail or Mixed Fruit Variety

  • Smirnoff Ice Pink Lemonade: 4.5% ABV/9 US proof
  • Smirnoff Ice Red, White, and Berry: 4.5% ABV/9 US proof
  • Smirnoff Ice Peach Bellini: 4.5% ABV/9 US proof
  • Smirnoff Ice Margarita:  4.5% ABV/9 US proof

Factors That Determine How Drunk You Get From Smirnoff Ice

Now, the alcohol content alone doesn’t determine how drunk you get from Smirnoff Ice. Several factors contribute to your overall drunkenness and even how quickly you get intoxicated from this flavored mixed drink.

Here are the common factors you want to consider when determining how drunk you’ll get from Smirnoff Ice;

Alcohol Content

This is a given – the alcohol content of your drink definitely plays a role in how drunk you get (and how fast!). An 8% ABV Smirnoff Ice will increase your blood alcohol level faster than a 4.5% ABV Smirnoff. Similarly, you will get drunk faster from the 8% ABV Smirnoff Ice than the 4.5% ABV Smirnoff Ice.


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There are ways to slightly reduce the effects of your drinks due to their alcohol content. The easiest way to do so is through dilution.

For example, drinking Smirnoff Ice on its own straight from the bottle or a can gets you drunk faster than mixing it with a non-alcoholic drink, like fruit juice or soda.

On the other hand, you’ll get drunk faster if you make a cocktail using Smirnoff Ice – say you mix it with fruit juice and champagne. This is because the champagne (with an average of 12% ABV) also adds to the alcohol content of the overall drink.

How Much You Consume At A Time

How quickly you drink Smirnoff Ice will also determine how drunk you get. For example, drinking a single shot of Smirnoff Ice in an hour will only give you a buzz.

However, downing more than three shots within the hour will most certainly get you intoxicated. The key to avoiding intoxication is to space out your drinks over a longer duration.

How Recent You’ve Eaten

How recently you’ve eaten determines how easily and fast you get drunk. If you’ve eaten recently, you are less likely to experience the effects of alcohol sooner than someone who drinks on an empty stomach.

This is because, on an empty stomach, alcohol easily moves to the small intestines. This, in turn, speeds up the process of alcohol absorption. On the other hand, with a full stomach, the alcohol takes much longer to be absorbed into the body.

This, in turn, reduces its absorption into the blood significantly. Eating protein and fatty foods especially, allows it to linger in the stomach for longer. This explains why many cultures love to drink alcohol with meat, especially high-fat meat.

But, you want to do so in moderation. Numerous studies have suggested that frequently pairing red meat and alcohol increases your chances of developing cancer or heart-related disease. You can also consume chicken, in moderation, in place of beef.

On the other hand, consuming alcohol with fatty foods leads to a very unhealthy body, increasing your risks of developing a heart-related disease or becoming obese.

After all, consuming alcohol and fatty foods forces the body to produce higher levels of galanin which conditions your body to crave more fatty foods and alcohol.

Body Weight

Body weight also plays a role in how alcohol affects. In this case, we are talking about healthy body weight with no existing weight-related illness. For example, it takes about 3 to 4 shots of Smirnoff Ice to reach the legal limit for a person who weighs 150 lbs.

But, it requires slightly more shots, about 4 to 5, for a person weighing 200 lbs to reach the same 0.08% legal limit. Therefore, in many cases, people with a small stature tend to get drunk faster than heavier-set people.


How gender affects alcohol intoxication is closely related to body weight. Generally, women tend to get drunk faster than men when drinking Smirnoff Ice. The common reason is how bodies are. Women have more fat than men but, men always have bigger bodies than women.

 When it comes to the issue of fat, alcohol absorbs in water but not in fat. This means that in women’s bodies it takes longer to absorb. On the other hand, the smaller weight of women compared to men also allows the alcohol to get to them much faster than in men.

Alcohol Tolerance

Alcohol tolerance is very much an important factor in determining how drunk you get from Smirnoff Ice. People with a higher tolerance can stomach more alcohol before getting intoxicated.


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On the other hand, a person with low alcohol tolerance, even with a heavier set body, will still get drunk faster – sometimes, on one to two Smirnoff Ice shots.

There’s really no standard way to measure one’s alcohol tolerance. This is one of the factors whereby the drinker determines. Gauging your alcohol tolerance relies heavily on your experience of handling alcohol.

In many cases, frequent drinks usually develop a higher tolerance. On the other hand, new or occasional drinkers may be a little more sensitive to alcohol.

Existing Conditions

Suffering from existing conditions such as insomnia or eating disorders lowers your alcohol tolerance levels significantly. So, you get drunk faster from Smirnoff Ice if you have an existing condition.

Other Factors

Unbeknownst to many people, the weather can also affect how quickly you get drunk. Generally, hot to warm weather encourages us to drink more and faster. You will most likely drink more shots of Smirnoff within a few hours during the hot season than during the cold season.

When you consider a refreshingly crispy and fruit drink like Smirnoff Ice that appeals to the summer season, it makes this point even more valid!


How Many Smirnoff Ices Equal A Shot?

According to US standards, a single 12-ounce can or bottle of Smirnoff Ice equals a shot. At least 3 to 5 shots of Smirnoff Ice will get you drunk. In this case, you have to drink at least 3 to 5 cans of Smirnoff Ice to get drunk.

How Much Alcohol Is In Smirnoff Ice?

Smirnoff Ice contains alcohol concentrations of anywhere between 4.5% and 8% ABV/ 9 and 16 US Proof. The alcohol content varies based on the flavors.

Options such as Smirnoff Ice Original, single-fruit, multi-fruit, or cocktail varieties tend to have a concentration of about 4.5% to 5% ABV. On the other hand, most of the Smash varieties tend to have a concentration of about 8% ABV.

How Long Does It Take To Start Feeling The Effects of Smirnoff Ice?

On average it takes you about 10 minutes to start feeling the effects of Smirnoff Ice. This is usually the time it takes for the alcohol to be absorbed into the bloodstream. but, this duration may be shortened or extended based on several other factors.

Can You Get Hungover From Drinking Smirnoff Ice?

You can definitely get hung over from Smirnoff Ice if you over exceed your limit and get intoxicated. After all, the delicious fruitiness of the drinks masks the alcohol to make it easy to drink multiple bottles or cans.

Like any other alcoholic beverage, the hangover from Smirnoff Ice comes with headaches, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and red eyes, to mention a few.

You can always reduce the hangover by hydrating with water, resting, taking a painkiller, and just waiting it out – in most cases, only time heals.


Smirnoff Ice is not your regular hard-tasting liquor. Its refreshingly crisp and delicious fruit taste takes the mixed drink to the next level.

But, it still contains a reasonable amount of alcohol to take note of. You can still enjoy the drink without getting extremely intoxicated. Evidently, you need to first know exactly how many shots of Smirnoff Ice get you drunk.

Chad Smith

Meet Chad Smith, a seasoned bartender with a passion for mixology. He's the founder of Tin Roof Drink Community, a blog where he shares expert tips, creative recipes, and fosters a vibrant community of cocktail enthusiasts and aspiring bartenders. Join Chad as he takes you on a flavorful journey through the world of drinks. Cheers!

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