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The Makers Of Arizona Drinks Just Launched Sparkling Water Line

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AriZona iced tea has probably been my go-to beverage of choice when on road trips and long commutes where I need a sweet quencher to go with whatever salt-riddled snack I’ve just picked up from a gas station.

For those looking for a carbonated kick to the flavors they already know and love, the makers of AriZona Iced Tea have developed a new line of Sparkling Waters.

It arrives in five flavors: Lemon, Pink Grapefruit, Raspberry Lime, Orange Mango, and the first-ever sparkling water take on an Arnold Palmer.

You can find the new Santa Fé cans available at select bodegas, delis, and grocery stores nationwide.

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Drinks Sweets

Baskin Robbins Drops Mangonada Frozen Beverage Featuring Tajin

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Mangonadas are one of the most refreshing and vibrant treats you can find across Mexico. Made with frozen mango, lime juice, chamoy, and Tajin seasoning, the blend of sweet, salty, sour, and spicy makes for a one-of-a-kind sweet treat experience.

Baskin Robbins is paying tribute to that in their newest frozen beverage, dropping their take on a Mangonada nationwide for a limited time.

Made with frozen mango puree and salty, tart chamoy, Baskin Robbins is also topping off each drink with a sprinkle of Tajin seasoning. In a press release, Baskin Robbins claims to have spent over two years developing the recipe while working with “experts who have been serving mangonadas for generations.”

However, a key component that seems to be missing from the Baskin Robbins Mangonada is the tamarind candy straws that you often will slurp the drink through.

Other than that, the ice cream chain’s take on Mangonada seems to hold true to what makes the frozen beverage so special. We’ll have to see if that’s the case firsthand, however, as the drink drops at Baskin Robbins nationwide. It’ll be on the menu through the end of May.

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Drinks Sweets

PEEPS And Pepsi Team Up For Limited Batch Of Marshmallow Soda

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Pepsi is teaming up with iconic marshmallow brand PEEPS, but instead of infusing the soda into the mallow, they’re taking the opposite route.

The two industry titans have teamed up to make a limited edition batch of Pepsi that has the PEEPS marshmallow flavor infused into it. Meant to celebrate spring and the Easter season, these will come in three colors of cans, although they will all have the same flavor.

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Since this is a limited batch of soda, you won’t be able to find it in grocery stores. Instead, Pepsico will send out packs of the cans through a Twitter sweepstakes. Users who submit photos with the #HangingwithmyPEEPS are eligible to get one of the three-packs, and three larger collection grand prizes will also be up for grabs.

It’s a bummer that we won’t get to see this flavor in stores, but if this run is successful enough, maybe we’ll get an even bigger batch of PEEPS Pepsi for sale next year.

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Culture Drinks

The World Record For Fastest Time To Drink A Capri Sun Is 16 Seconds

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How fast could you slurp up the juice in a Capri Sun pouch? Apparently, there’s a world record that’s been set, and it could be something within reach if you’re skilled enough.

The current world record was set during quarantine lockdowns by UK resident Declan Evans. Guinness has the official record set at 16.65 seconds, which includes the time needed to get the straw unattached from the pouch, unpackaged, stabbed into the pouch, and then used to drink the contents.

According to Food and Wine, it took Evans a few attempts, but he eventually beat the minimum time of 18 seconds needed to set the record.

Multiple folks in Guinness’s Facebook comments have commented that they already beat Evans’ time, but it’s unclear if those attempts were recorded on camera and submitted.

Nonetheless, there’s currently an opening to set a world record with a bit of nostalgia. If you can get that pesky straw off the Capri Sun pouch in time, that is.

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Drinks

Red Bull Set To Launch Summer Edition Dragon Fruit

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As I brace myself for a summer filled with lethargy and finally watching The Sopranos, I find my curiosity drawn towards my energy drink selection. One of the newest additions hitting stores in the upcoming weeks comes from wing-granting beverage brand Red Bull. 

Red Bull is launching a limited edition Summer Edition Dragon Fruit flavor.

The new energy drink will feature the exotic fruit’s unique flavors along with notes of red berries, a hint of plum, and floral aromatics. 

As someone who genuinely enjoys the taste of dragonfruit, my curiosity is piqued. 

You can find the new summer flavor beginning March 29 in Walmart drink aisles and available nationwide beginning April 26 at other beverage retailers. 

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Alcohol Drinks

Travis Scott Debuts New Spiked Seltzer

Travis Scott’s track record with successful brand partnerships speaks for itself. Lucrative deals with General Mills, McDonald’s, and Epic Games in the past year have yielded fantastic results, with corporations looking at the Sicko Mode star as the cultural icon to link with if they’re looking take their relevancy and influence with this generation to the moon. Now, Anheuser-Busch has followed suit by partnering with Scott on new spiked seltzer called CACTI.

CACTI is a new entrant in the burgeoning hard seltzer category that uses 100% premium blue agave from Mexico, cold fermented cane sugar, agave syrup, and a hint of lime juice. Available flavors are Lime, Pineapple and Strawberry and will come in 12oz cans sold in a 9 count Variety Pack as well as 16oz and 25oz singles.

This collaboration sounds like another timely win for Scott as the hard seltzer market has been booming with the likes of White Claw putting their stamp on cultural relevancy. And with the creative genius that the rap game Cactus Jack wields with savvy branding and taste, it’s only a matter of time before CACTI makes its way into personal fridges and coolers nationwide.

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Drinks Fast Food What's New

SONIC’s 2021 Drink Lineup Includes Booze-Inspired Slushes

Sonic just unveiled a massive amount of drinks that will be coming to their menus throughout most of 2021. Among these are some intriguing blends, including a series of beverages inspired by boozy favorites.

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These Uncorked Slushes, which will arrive on August 30th, take flavors like Peach Bellini, Red Berry Sangria, and Strawberry Frosé and turn them into frozen treats. These don’t have any alcohol, but nobody is saying that spiking them isn’t encouraged.

Each of the drinks will be available until September 26th, and represent a lean towards the grown-up category for SONIC, who also just announced their hard seltzer lineup that will be launching in May.

A more recent addition to the drive-in’s menu that’s available now is an OREO Cookie Dough Blast and Sundae. Each comes with bits of OREO cookie dough inside, but also contains an indulgent scoop that’s loaded on top of each sweet treat.

These are available through May 2nd, and are just the beginning of the indulgent shakes SONIC will have to offer this year. A Cheesecake Blast, Strawberry Cheesecake Blast, and a Banana Pudding Shake will all be arriving later this year. The cheesecake varieties will be available May 3 to June 27, while the Banana Pudding Shake arrives August 2-29.

SONIC is also an early arriver to the popping boba and boba game, joining Del Taco as one of two early adopters of the fun drink addition. Available from May 31st to August 1st, green apple “Bursting Bubbles” can be added to any drink, but there will also be Cherry and Blue Bursts available that contain them by default.

Foodbeast was able to obtain the ingredients to make the Cherry Burst from SONIC, and it includes Cherry syrup, Sprite, and the popping bubbles. These drinks will also be available in a slush variety.

This is just some of what SONIC will have to offer over the next year, with representatives noting that 2021 would be a big year for innovation for the chain. We’ll have to see what else is in store down the line.

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Alcohol Drinks Fast Food

SONIC Is Making Hard Seltzers Based On Its Slush Flavors

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SONIC is now taking out the DIY work many of us have done when it comes to spiking our slushes. Be on the lookout, as many of the chain’s iconic flavors are getting turned into boozy hard seltzers.

The drive-in giant has teamed up with COOP Ale Works to add eight of its beverage selections as hard seltzer options. SONIC chose COOP since both the fast food icon and the brewery are based in Oklahoma City.

These won’t be sold on the SONIC menu, but will be available at distributors and stores that will be announced in the future.

For those wondering, the eight flavors SONIC is making into hard seltzers are as follows: Ocean Water, Orange Pineapple, Mango Guava, Melon Medley, Cherry Limeade, Classic Lemonade, Lemon Berry, and Original Limeade.

While we don’t know exactly where these seltzers will drop yet, we can confirm that they will launch on May 1st. We’ll know more about where you can find them once they arrive.