Area liquor retailers, including Boulevard Wine and Spirits in Maumelle, are offering beverages that pack the punch of a cocktail but have a lighter, fruitier taste than most liquor-based drinks.
Tropic Chillerz: These wine-based cocktails are made with 100 percent fruit juice and are fortified with 188-proof brandy, resulting in a beverage that's 17 percent alcohol by volume (for the cake of comparison, most wines are 11-13 percent alcohol). They're served chilled or frozen (they stay a little slushy) and are available in cranberry, strawberry, sour apple, lime-rita and pina colada flavors. An added bonus: Their unbreakable containers float in coolers, pools, etc. Price: around $2.99.
The company also makes BuzzBallz, mixed drinks made with fruit juices plus rum, vodka, gin or tequila that contain 20 percent alcohol by volume. SRP: $3.29.
Shark Attack Margaritas: These are single-serve margaritas, made with Blue Agave Reposado tequila, orange liqueur, cane sugar and lime juice, are packaged in a 100ml tube like popsicles for grownups. They freeze in about six hours and conain 6.7 alcohol (about the same as a high-powered beer). Price: $1.99.
Fruity beers like Louisiana-based Abita Springs Purple Haze, a crisp American style wheat beer (alcohol content 4.2 percent by volume) with raspberry puree added after filtration. The raspberries (you can sometimes see the pulp in the bottle) provide the lager with a subtle purple coloration and haze, a fruity aroma, and a tartly sweet taste. Abita Springs also makes seasonal brews such as Strawberry Harvest lager, Pecan Harvest ale and Satsuma Harvest Wit, a white beer with a subtle orange flavor. Price: around $8 for a six-pack.
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