You Can Buy ‘margarita Wine’ With A 15% ABV
Posted July 15, 2020 7:30 a.m. EDT
Nothing refreshes on a hot summer day like an ice-cold, sweet-and-sour margarita. But if you’re short on ingredients or just don’t care much for strong liquor, there’s a ready-to-drink margarita you can snag on your next Target run.
Flybird is a “margarita wine,” a pre-made cocktail prepared to pour and serve. Like the margs at your favorite Mexican spot, you can choose lime or strawberry flavors, and garnish as you wish.
The wine begins with aguamiel, or “honey water,” which is a liquid released by agave plants as they cook. Usually, this liquid is fermented and distilled to make tequila. But instead of distilling the aguamiel, Flybird adds a little already-finished blanco tequila to the liquid for a kick of alcohol.
That zap of tequila is where the drink gets its formidable 15% alcohol-by-volume. According to LiveScience, traditional wines average 11.6% alcohol content per serving. Beer’s a mere 4.5%, and hard liquor blows both out of the water at 37%.
OK, so perhaps 15% alcohol is a happy medium for an alcoholic beverage! For folks like me, who don’t drink many cocktails, it’s nice to have a predictable amount-per-serving so we don’t land in bed before dinner.
Flybird is available for purchase online, as this Facebook post declared on June 25 alongside a photo of these pretty margarita drinks:
You could also find the margarita wines in most places that sell liquor, though you might want to check your local Target store. It’s listed at $9.99 on Target’s website, a pretty fine discount from the $14.99 suggested price.
Of course, Flybird’s not the first premixed margarita — brands like Cutwater Spirits, Jose Cuervo and Cayman Jack make them, too. You might even find a local company that sells margs-to-go; where I live, there’s Cocktail Squad, for example, and in Houston, there’s an “adult ice cream truck” that delivers delicious summer cocktails — including margaritas.
Anybody else getting thirsty?