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.
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.
Sonic has been getting experimental with their Slushes lately. Last year, they came out with a Pickle Juice version that polarized the internet for its sweet yet savory flavor. They’re going down the savory route again with their newest slush, but with an immense explosion of heat as well.
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As part of their new Mocktail Slush series, Sonic has unveiled a Reaper Margarita Slush that’s made with Carolina Reapers, one of the hottest chilies in the world. With a potency of over 2 million Scoville heat units, these peppers are at least 250 times hotter than a jalapeno.
While the Slush’s sugary content definitely takes down the heat a bit, Foodbeast has been told that this chili-infused drink still packs a ton of heat. It takes a few seconds for it to kick in, but the slow burn is one that comes on fierce.
Sonic is encouraging people to do a “#ReaperChallenge” on social media as well, meaning that they know just how much spice is coming in this icy drink. Having eaten foods made with Carolina Reapers before, I’m already dreading just how much this one is gonna hurt when I take that first sip.
UPDATE: Having tried this new Slush out, it is without question the hottest thing a fast food chain has ever released. While the drink isn’t as spicy as a Carolina Reaper, it packs a lot of punch, with more fire to it than some ghost pepper hot sauces out there. It does take more than a few sips to get the full effect of the heat, but it’ll leave your throat, tongue, and lips burning for 20 minutes or so after eating. It’s gonna definitely be a challenge for many to even just finish the frozen drink.
The Reaper Margarita Slush will be around at Sonic Drive-In locations nationwide until August 4th.
Iconic energy drink Red Bull has teamed up with a fast food chain and created a menu item for the first time ever.
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The new item is Sonic Drive-In’s Red Bull Slush, which takes the chain’s well-known lineup of frozen beverages and blends Red Bull into it. It’s available in two official flavors, Original and Cherry Limeade, but you always have the option to customize these with your own flavor additions.
This collab marks Red Bull’s first ever official fast food item, although it has teamed up with Steak ‘n Shake in the past to put its cans in restaurants. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s have also teamed up with Monster in the past to create the first ever fast food energy drink item.
Sonic customers will also be able to buy cans of Red Bull at locations nationwide as a part of the energy drink’s partnership. Both the cans and the Red Bull are available starting April 29th at $2.99 each.
If you’re at Week 1 of Coachella, or in Phoenix or Dallas, however, you’ll get a chance to try these early. The Red Bull Slushes will be at the invitation-only MOSCHINO after-party on Saturday, April 13th, just outside of Coachella. Phoenix and Dallas will get these on April 18th and April 25th, respectively, as a part of two different Sonic Block Parties. The Phoenix one will occur at CityScape Phoenix, while Dallas’s party will be at The Truck Yard.
What: The convenience store chain is letting customers, once again, bring their own slurpee containers to fill up on the sweet slush. For $1.50, you can bring any receptacle of your choosing and fill it to the brim with your favorite flavor.
Looks like more fast food companies are dipping their toes into the energy drink game. Last week, we reported that McDonald’s was selling cans of Monster Energy drinks at select locations. Now, it looks like Taco Bell is doing something similar: Rockstar Energy Freezes.
The Mexican food-inspired chain has begun testing the slush blend at select locations in Tennessee, Brand Eating reports. Taco Bell is incorporating the Rockstar Punched flavor of the energy drink into its Freeze. With the existing line of fruity Freeze flavors, it definitely makes sense to go with that one.
No word yet if Taco Bell plans to expand testing of the beverage outside of the state.
For the college crowd that thrives on late-night orders of tacos and crunchwraps, this might also be the perfect addition to the menu.
Each summer, Sonic rolls out 25 new shake and slush flavors. It’s magical. This year, however, the national chain decided to release 50 summer varieties, because sugar rushes are delicious. Some slushes are even inspired by candy, like the Atomic Lemon and Super Peach Ring. Yet the flavor that just might reign supreme is the Blue Raspberry made with NERDS.
Alongside the new slushes are an array of delicious shakes, from Chocolate Covered Jalapeno to Lemon Pie. If you’re craving something totally out of the box, you can create your own dessert with ingredients like cheesecake and chocolate hazelnut.
FYI: slushes are half-price from 2-4 pm and shakes are half-price after 8 pm all summer! Get on it, folks.
Few things scream summer like iced tea, lemonade, and old golfing guys. So in partnership with $1-canned-tea company AriZona, Dunkin’ Donuts decided to put them all together in slushy form, lest we forget summer vacation is still at least a month away and we ourselves are nowhere near retiring (ugh).
For those who dare to dream, DD’s new Frozen Arnold Palmer Coolatta combines equal parts football head and tropical plant frozen iced tea and frozen lemonade to create the perfect liquid accompaniment to planning summer getaways during office hours.
“With the beginning of warm weather, our guests look forward to the introduction of new and unique Coolatta frozen beverage flavors […],” John Costella, President of Global Marketing and Dunkin’ Brands said in a press release. “This year is especially exciting as we’ve partnered with the Arizona Beverages and Arnold Palmer Enterprises to introduce the new Frozen Arnold Palmer® Coolatta, featuring the classic combination of iced tea and lemonade as legendary as the man after which it’s named.”
Also returning to Dunkin’ menu boards for summer are the Oreo Coffee and Oreo Vanilla Bean Coolatta and the Watermelon and Blue Raspberry Coolatta. Each, along with yearlong flavors like Strawberry, is available in the small size for $1.99 ’til the end of May.