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Bud Light Seltzer Launches Lemonades To Kick Off 2021

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In the world of boozy beverages, hard seltzers proved to be king in 2020. Brands popped up everywhere or created their own variations following the viral success of White Claw, and that appears to be continuing in 2021 with hard, bubbly lemonades.

Bud Light Seltzer just announced their own lineup of hard seltzer lemonades, which come in at 100 calories with less than a gram of sugar and 5% ABV.

This isn’t the first hard seltzer lemonade to come into being, as TRULY Hard Seltzer introduced their own set back in early 2020. However, with the appeal of hard seltzer and the longstanding popularity of spiked lemonades, more brands are sure to follow as the year continues.

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Bud Light’s take on spiked seltzer lemonade will be available nationwide starting January 18th. The flavors they will have upon launch include regular, peach, strawberry, and black cherry.

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Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos With Tequila Sunrise Slushies

Alcoholic seltzers have resolutely established themselves as the predominant drink of this summer. If you’re going to have to sit around the house, it may as well be with a drink that’s easy to sip, light, and refreshing.

Less known, however, is that, while delicious on their own, their fruity flavors and light fizz make the seltzers quite the cocktail mixer. And, in the summer of at-home seltzer drinking, a vacation-worthy cocktail is always needed.

In honor of this, we teamed up with Bud Light Seltzer to create a couple of recipes that’ll send you to the beach on the very first sip. 

This drink takes inspiration from the ever-popular Tequila Sunrise, as well as the upcoming Dia De Los Muertos. 

By turning a tequila sunrise into a slushie and adding some bubbly seltzer, this cocktail will liven up any weekend (or hey, maybe weekday!) spent at home. 

The full recipe for the slush is below, and if you’re in California, make sure to take a look at iHeartRadio and Bud Light’s sweepstakes, as it could land you a $500 gift card to a local Hispanic grocery store. Click here to enter.

This recipe collab is featured at participating hispanic grocers.

Mango Tequila Sunrise Slush

Yields: 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 can Bud Light Seltzer Mango
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups ice
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 tablespoon grenadine syrup
  • Mini sugar skull candy and orange slices for garnish

METHOD: 

  1. Freeze the orange juice in an ice tray a couple hours beforehand. 
  2. Add the “orange cubes” into a blender along with the ice, tequila, and seltzer. 
  3. Blend!
  4. Add the grandine to the bottom of a glass, then pour in the slushie directly on top.
  5. Garnish with orange peel. 

And that, my friends, is really about it. These things are dangerously easy, taking no more than a couple minutes to whip up. 

And I say that to say this: that twelve pack of seltzers isn’t going to last long.

Created in partnership with Bud Light.

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Hard Seltzer’s The Trick To A Perfect Floating Margarita

The birth of the margarita is much disputed. There are various origin stories, stretching from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, but lost among these wildly specific theories is the fact that the margarita may simply be a variation of a Prohibition-era drink, The Daisy.

The two drinks are remarkably similar– the only difference is that the margarita swaps out The Daisy’s brandy for tequila. In fact “margarita” is the Spanish word for “daisy.” So oddly enough, regardless of the true genesis of the margarita’s journey to stardom, it’s likely that it may have been a result of someone playing with the recipe of an already popular drink.

The lesson here, my friends, is that good things can always be improved upon. Inspired by this ideal, our latest recipe, in collaboration with Bud Light Seltzer, is our own twist on the margarita.

Keeping the essence of fruit in mind, we swapped out the traditional orange-flavored triple sec for a Bud Light Strawberry seltzer. This creates a smoother drinking experience, mellowing out the tequila enough to give consistent, well-rounded sips.

We also threw in some frozen strawberries, which helps the drink blend into a fluid, almost creamy, consistency, while giving things a refreshing edge that compliments the acidity of the lime.

With a rim of chili lime seasoning, and a fresh strawberry to garnish, this drink will certainly make me head to the fridge for a seltzer and some frozen strawberries the next time I get a craving for a margarita.

Check out the full recipe below, and, if you’re in California, make sure to enter iHeartRadio and Budlight Seltzer’s sweepstakes, which could land you a $500 gift card to one of your local Hispanic grocery stores. Click here to enter.

This recipe collab is featured at participating hispanic grocers.

Iceberg Strawberry Margarita

Yields: 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 oz tequila
  • 2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp agave
  • 1 can Bud Light Seltzer Strawberry
  • Chili Lime Seasoning for garnish
  • Fresh lime & strawberry for garnish

METHOD:

  1. Prepare 2 glasses with a chili lime rim using lime juice. 
  2. In a blender, combine frozen strawberries, ice, tequila, lime juice and agave and blend until smooth. 
  3. Divide Bud Light Seltzer Strawberry into prepared glasses. Slowly pour blended margarita into the glasses. Garnish with a lime round and strawberry.

Created in partnership with Bud Light.

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Bud Light Releases Special Edition Area 51 Cans

You’ve probably seen all the Area 51 memes you can handle, and made all the Area 51 jokes you can possibly make with your buddies, but Bud Light is offering one last burst of relevancy with its special edition Area 51 label. No, seriously.

It all started with Bud Light jumping in on the Area 51 hype, offering free Buds to “any alien that makes it out” of the proposed September 20 “raid.”

They then promised to release the limited edition Area 51 label if their tweet received 51,000 retweets. The Twitter world bit, and actually made it happen, so that out of this world Bud Light can and bottle are now a reality.

The labeling says a few different things, the longest being a greeting that reads, “Greetings Earthlings. This is the famous Area 51. We know of no space beer by any other life form which is brewed and aged to be more refreshing. Our cryogenic aging procedures a light bodied space lager with a fresh taste, a crisp clean finish, and a smooth drinkability. Take us to your leader… for drinks.”

At the bottom of the can, there is a “We come in peace,” sign, which I don’t fully trust, because, you know, aliens.

Although the whole Area 51 stuff is a bit hokey, this label is pretty cool, and should be a fun addition to the summer bbq.

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Should Alcoholic Beverages Be Required To List Their Ingredients?

The light beer wars have officially escalated to new heights. After Bud Light’s round of Super Bowl commercials trashing Miller Lite and Coors Light for their usage of corn syrup, MillerCoors has struck back with a lawsuit accusing their rivals of false advertising and trademark dilution. They claim that corn syrup is no longer present in their beers after the fermentation progress, and wanted Bud Light’s campaigns to cease.

In theory, both sides are right. Corn syrup can be used as a sugar source for beer fermenting, and MillerCoors has said that they use it as such. However, by the time the beer is ready for tapping, all of that has been converted into alcohol, just like the rice that Bud Light uses for their brew.

The bigger question that this debate brings up, though, is one of transparency in the alcohol industry. Bud Light got this topic buzzing with their campaigns, which, on top of the corn syrup, added an ingredient label to their boxes to “show transparency.” Since it’s not currently required for alcohol brands to display their ingredients, this was groundbreaking for the industry.

As the conflict surrounding these light beers rages on, though, one has to wonder: should alcoholic beverages be required to list their ingredients?

For those wondering why ingredients don’t have to be labeled, it’s a matter of regulation and jurisdiction. While the FDA requires all food products in their space to list all of the ingredients, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, does not. In the case of malted beverages, the only ingredients that have to be declared are saccharin and aspartame (two artificial sweeteners), sulfites (a potential allergen), and FD&C Yellow No. 5 (a food dye.)

All other components of beers, including the sugar source, any potential flavorings or colorings, and clarifying agents, don’t have to be declared. From a food science perspective, these could technically be classified as “processing aids” since the final product would just be flavors from hops, alcohol, water, and any colors that resulted from the brewing or fermenting process. Still, it is important to know what was used to brew a beer, especially a light beer. Since these tend to use rice or corn instead of barley as a fermenting source, consumers should be able to know which brands use what.

For vegans, transparency is also a concern because of something called isinglass. This beer clarifying agent is derived from fish bladders and is used to filter the beer of any leftover suspended yeast. Some specific brands note that they don’t use isinglass, leading to a category of “vegan-friendly” brews.

In a way, Bud Light is opening the public’s eyes to these issues with their campaign, but they are also playing on fear-mongering stigma because of the negative image corn syrup has in the eyes of the general public. Nonetheless, the conversation they are bringing up about ingredients in beer is one that should be taken more seriously.

The Foodbeast audience definitely agrees with that sentiment, too. A current poll up on our Twitter account is showing that 90 percent of participants feel that alcohol should list their ingredients.

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Bud Light Promises Free Beer To Every Californian If Mexico Beats Brazil In World Cup Match

My soccer-loving colleagues have explained to me that Mexico has not advanced past the fifth round in the World Cup since 1994, being dubbed “The Curse of the Fifth.”

With Korea’s most recent win over Germany, keeping Mexico alive in the World Cup, it seems the country is one step closer to achieving that dream, though, and Bud Light raised the stakes.

Earlier this month, Bud Light tweeted that if Mexico was able to break the “Curse of the Fifth,” they’ll provide the state of California with free beer.

If Mexico beats Brazil this upcoming Monday, Bud Light will have to uphold their promise to provide the Golden State with a downpour of free beer.

Budweiser has yet to announce how and when they’ll provide that boozy promise, but we’re all on the edge of our seats hoping they deliver if Mexico beats Brazil next week.

The only thing we can be sure of, however, is that our eyes will be glued to this Monday’s match.

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Lime-A-Rita Kicks Off NFL Season With Brand New Flavor

Are you ready for some football but don’t like the taste of beer? Well, Lime-A-Rita has got you covered.

The Bud Light brand recently announced its debut as an Official Sponsor of the NFL, as part of Anheuser-Busch’s ongoing partnership with the National Football League. With the expansion of the partnership, Lime-A-Rita will now be able to have a larger presence on game day, both on and off screen.

“The NFL has been making a lot of positive changes to highlight and speak to female fans,” says Chelsea Phillips, VP Brand Marketing for Lime-A-Rita, via a statement. “We are excited for Lime-A-Rita to be a brand that can support these efforts and bring even more fun to our consumer’s favorite sport.”

In other Lime-A-Rita news, its Pome-Granate-Rita hit the shelves last week as a Fall/Winter seasonal flavor, available until next Spring. The flavor combines the juicy and tart flavors of pomegranate with a margarita twist. The result is a sweet, refreshing alternative to beer.

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Show Your NFL Team Pride With Bud Light’s Team-Themed Packaging

Ever been tailgating, wearing your lucky jersey and facepaint is perfectly done, but you’re still not feeling the team spirit? Well, you can once again drink your team pride thanks to the NFL and the fine folks at Bud Light.

Just in time for the return of the season, Bud Light announced it will continue its tradition of NFL team-themed packaging.  This season, the team beers will be available in both cans and aluminum bottles, and will not only feature your team’s logo but also its catch phrase or rallying cry (think: “Fly Eagles Fly” or “Keep Pounding”).

Each can will also feature Snapchat “Snapcodes” that will unlock a chance to win Super Bowl LII tickets, an interactive Bud Bowl-style game, and team-specific Snapchat filters.

What die-hard football fan wouldn’t want a sixer representing their fave team? Yes, even you, Browns fans.