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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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Fast Food

Hi-C Orange Lavaburst FINALLY Returns To McDonald’s

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One of my fondest memories of working at McDonald’s was those lunch breaks where I could fill up endlessly on Hi-C Orange Lavaburst. Paired with my staple: Two Cheeseburgers, add Big Mac Sauce, add Bacon; the diet that makes my thirty-something self shiver brought so much happiness to teenage Pete.

In 2017, McDonald’s took the beverage off restaurant menus, replacing it with Orange Fanta or something. My heart couldn’t be bothered to care at that point.

However, after years of fans petitioning, the Golden Arches has announced they’re finally bringing back the quintessential fast-food orange drink to their stores.

Hi-C Orange Lavaburst is scheduled to make its return to McDonald’s this year, with the plan to be available nationwide by the summer.

Eager fans can also track McDonald’s progress with the Hi-C Orange Tracker feature, keeping them updated weekly on which restaurant locations are already offering the beverage.

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Coca-Cola With COFFEE Launches In Stores Nationwide

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As far back as I can remember, I’ve always downed a can of Coke when I needed a quick burst of caffiene and was too lazy to go make myself a cup of coffee.

Now, I can have the best of both worlds as Coca-Cola has announced the nationwide launch of Coca-Cola with Coffee.

The new beverage brings together the classic cola with rich coffee. Arriving in five variations, Coca-Cola with Coffee will be available in Dark Blend, Caramel and Vanilla. Coca Cola with Coffee Zero Sugar will be available in both Dark Blend and Vanilla.

Each 12-oz can features about 69 mg of caffeine, slightly under the amount of a regular cup of coffee.

You can find cans of Coca-Cola with Coffee in the beverage section of retailers nationwide.

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PBR Is Making Seltzers Infused With THC Instead Of Alcohol

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Pabst Blue Ribbon has announced a new venture with the creation of its Pabst Labs cannabis company. With it comes a brand new cannabis-infused beverage to kick off the brand. 

Pabst Labs is launching a Cannabis-Infused Non-Alcoholic Selzer with a bit of lemon. 

While cannabis-infused drinks have become popular over the years, Pabst joining the fold marks a potential turning point in major growth for THC-infused beverages in the years to come.

The seltzer will be available in 12oz cans that feature 5mg of THC. While the lemon flavor will be the only flavor available at the time of launch, Pabst says other flavors are already in development. 

A test launch of the cans will soon hit select California dispensaries. The beverage can also be purchased directly to Californian residents through Shop.PabstLabs.com.

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7-Eleven Officially Adds Jarritos’ Mandarin Flavor As A Big Gulp, The First Time It’s Ever Found Outside The Bottle

Fans of the widely popular Jarritos soda brand will soon be able to have as much of the popular Mandarin flavor as they can chug, thanks to a new partnership with 7-Eleven and Stripes.

For the first time in the history of the beverage, the Mandarin Jarritos soda is venturing outside of the bottle and joining 7-Eleven’s Big Gulp soda fountain lineup.

Over the past summer, 7-Eleven launched a Mandarin-flavored Jarritos Slurpee drink that garnered positive social media reaction like gangbusters. The resulting popularity led to the decision of adding the actual craft soda into the soda fountain lineup. The Mexico-based soft drink company was founded in 1950 and, over the past 70 years, has risen to become one of the most popular soft drinks in the country.

Expect to see the newest Big Gulp flavor rolling out at participating 7-Eleven locations. If successful, we’ll probably see more iconic Jarritos flavors joining its Mandarin flavored comrade not long after.

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These Over The Top Cocktails Are Inspired By Cinematic Classics

Castaway Burbank can really hold its own when it comes to mouthwatering dishes like their Lobster Pot Pie. However, the hidden Los Angeles Gem also holds another secret that only locals know about. Film buffs and alcohol aficionados, you’ll want to check this out.

The Green Room, a secret bar/cocktail lounge inside of Castaway is home to a community that loves everything film. At the bar, one can order from a menu of intricate cocktails that are each individually inspired by a cinematic classic.

Here are some that you’ll find on the menu.

 

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Short Round, named after Harrison Ford’s sidekick in the classic Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, is a visual masterpiece. The cocktail is made with Macallan 12, Dolin Blanc, and Suze. Stired and strained, it’s placed in the chest (on a bed of grass) and served alongside a dry ice skull.

Belle, based off of the iconic rose from Beauty and the Beast, features Ketel One Botanical, St. Germain, Clarified Lemon, and 1-1 simple syrup. The cocktail is presented with a special technique that features smoking incense and the use of dried flowers to create an atmospheric aromatic rather than one that simply comes from the cocktail or garlic.

It’s served in a bell jar that’s filled with smoke.

Pirates of the Caribbean fans will want to order the Flying Dutchman, a cocktail that serves two people.

They stir and strain stolen smoked rum, Novo Fogo cachaça, Smith & Cross, honey, clarified citrus, and Allspice, and finish the drink by infusing the ship carafe with orange wood smoke. As the drink is poured into the glass, the ghost ship arises within the foggy cocktail sea. A haunting beverage that’s perfect for a melancholic evening.

You can find these cocktails and more movie-inspired beverages inside the hidden Green Room at Castaway.

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Fast Food

Chick-fil-A Officially Launches KEY LIME Frosted Drink Nationwide

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Last October, it was discovered that Chick-fil-A restaurants were testing a Key Lime Pie-flavored drink in the Austin, TX, area. A take on the popularized Florida dessert, the beverage was met with a pretty positive reception from customers. So much so that it’s becoming official.

Chick-fil-A has just announced that the Frosted Key Lime will be making a national release beginning Monday, March 18.

A hand-spun combination of the chain’s vanilla IceDream, Lemonade, and a natural sugar-free lime flavoring, the beverage will be sold in stores across the country.

Fans of Key Lime, just be sure to savor this slowly. Brain freeze is no joke.

If you’re hoping to get your hands on this frosted beverage, make sure to hustle. The limited-time drink will be available through May 25 or while supplies last.

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Cult Favorite Tejava To Launch Two New Flavors

Tejava has gained a word of mouth following on the sole basis of its tea flavor alone. While known specifically for its iconic black tea, the company is releasing new teas that draw on intense aroma.

In the first of their Origins line, Tejava just announced the addition of two new flavors of unsweetened and ready-to-drink teas: Fujian Oolong Tea and Hojicha Green Tea.

Owned by parent company Crystal Geyser, the all-natural and unsweetened Tejava is brewed from hand-picked tea leaves found on the island of Java in Indonesia and are free of sweeteners, preservatives, or artificial ingredients.

With, the addition of new flavors like Fujian Oolong and Hojicha Green Tea, Tejava expands itself to a wider audience helping the tea become more ubiquitous. The swanky glass bottles are also a pretty nice touch.

“Tea addicts, like me, love their black tea to the point it’s a cult following,” said Foodbeast’s resident youth Constantine Spyrou who happened to be a huge fan of the beverage. “Tejava has way more flavor than any other bottled tea you can find in stores and is at a super affordable price.”

Expect to find the two new flavors in late November at Tejava.com. Consumers will be able to find them in retail stores sometime shorty after.