Uh-oh, sangria lovers. Could your favorite summer drink be putting you at risk for increased drunkenness?
While the fruity, refreshing libation is a perfect choice for hot weather, it is important to note that not all store-bought sangrias are created equal. Such is the story behind Capriccio Bubbly Sangria, a line of pre-packaged sangria that consumers say will get you “shwasted” before you know it.
In fact, it’s even being called the “Four Loko of sangria.” (For those who don’t know, Four Loko is a notorious alcoholic beverage/energy drink which made headlines several years ago due its combination of high alcohol content with caffeine, which caused it to be named in several alcohol poisoning cases.)
However, Capriccio Bubbly Sangria does not contain caffeine. Instead, it is made with “premium grape wine, real fruit juices (pineapple, orange and grape) and 100-percent natural fruit flavors such as pomegranate.” It also has an ABV (alcohol by volume) of 13.9%, which is high in comparison to other popular sangria brands such as Eppa SupraFruta Organic White Sangria (which has a ABV of 9%) and Casa Lolea No. 2 Frizzante White Sangria (which has an ABV of 7%).
On average, wine has a ABV of about 11.6%, so Capriccio Bubbly Sangria has a little bit more alcohol than a standard glass of red or white. And perhaps because it is sweet and bubbly, it goes down fast and easy, so before you realize it, you’re far more inebriated than you expected.
This is why warnings about the Capriccio Bubbly Sangria have gone viral, such as this review of the product on the World Market website:
This Capriccio Bubbly Sangria is no joke💀😂 pic.twitter.com/ddo8cqBvRy
— Mike Goodman (@TheyCallMeGoods) May 16, 2018
Meanwhile, other Twitter users actually seem to be extra-excited about the potent punch because of the warnings.
my urge to drink a capriccio bubbly sangria grows stronger everytime i see a post warning ppl not to drink it LMAO
— 🧘🏽♀️🧝🏽♂️🪐🐲🔮 (@sunia_akaveka) May 15, 2018
Yep, people are looking everywhere to get their hands on the stuff!
And some are wondering if social media sites are the only place it exists:
Alright y’all I guess the only place that has the capriccio bubbly sangria is twitter
— emilia (@emielene) May 17, 2018
Not to worry — it does exist outside Twitter! You can find it at places like World Market, Sam’s Club, Meijer and Total Wine. For around $9.99, you can get a case of 4 bottles.
However, not every location will stock Capriccio Bubbly Sangria, while others might sell out due to high demand, so call ahead if you don’t want to have a wasted trip (no pun intended).
Although the viral hype around Capriccio Sangria is new, it’s worth noting that this brand (which was created by Florida Caribbean Distillers) has actually been around since 2014, and it’s far from unknown in other parts of the world. In fact, it’s the most popular brand of sangria in the Caribbean.
So, now that Capriccio Sangria is starting to catch on in the United States, the only question is: Are you brave enough to try it?