I’m holding off on the cold meds tonight to bring you this sick cheap date. I found these Flip Flop Fizzy Sangria cans on sale at my local Kroger down ten bucks from $14.99 to just $4.99. It was like the cheap date gods wanted me to have these on hand.
Fizzy drinks always feel good on a sore throat to me. So I figured this was the perfect night to try them. And alcohol kills germs, right? Sure. We’ll go with that.
The graphic art on these is adorable. They are the size of a small Redbull and could be mistaken for a kids drink with all the cartoon drawings.
The nice thing about these is they actually include nutrition information on the box and can, so anyone who is counting calories or sugars can keep track.
If you happen to be on the diet wagon, you probably won’t want this though. 8.5 oz has 160 calories and 15 grams of sugar. But since most wine doesn’t have this info on the bottles, I’m not sure how that stacks up.
Obviously this is a can, so there’s no cork to pop, but like the box says, this could be a good wine to take camping or tailgating. For my non-beer drinking sisters out there, this might be nice for you.
I’m sick. Refer to the beginning of this blog. I can’t smell much.
But it does possess the alcohol-like burn in the back of my sinuses, and it’s a bright magenta color. Make sure you’re not getting drunk on these in white clothes. You’re gonna stain your shirt.
Normally, I’d leave this in a can, but for the purpose of this blog, I’ll pour it into a glass too.
Obviously, this is carbonated. So there’s lots of bubbles. It slightly coats the glass when I swirl it, but the layer of wine falls right back to the bottom of the glass and there is no drag.
There’s a faint hint of artificial flavor when I stick my face in the glass, but again…sick, so this part of the review is kind of a wash.
It tastes like spiked carbonated Kool-aid. I’m not saying it’s bad, but that fruit punch flavor is definitely there. No…wait. (takes another sip) Not Kool-aid…Hawaiian Punch. Definitely tastes reminiscent of the red Hawaiian Punch.
Considering it contains 0% juice…it’s pretty obvious the flavor profile is pretty similar to the artificial powder mixes of my child hood.
Let’s try it out of a can and see if it’s any different. It does. I like it better out of the glass. The syrupy taste seems stronger from the can. It’s got a taste similar to that fake champagne we used to get on New Year’s Eve as kids.
Here’s the thing. I don’t hate it. Not even a little. It’s a super sweet treat, but has enough wine notes that I’m not completely overwhelmed by the sugar. Although the flavor isn’t one I’d wind down with at the end of the night, I can see sipping on one of these babies while the surrounding kids are enjoying a popsicle at a BBQ.
It’s 6.5% alcohol, so it’s not a super heavy buzz either, but if you like fruit punch style drinks this would go down easy, and you’d be likely to consume more than you think because the grape juice concentrate in it makes it pretty darn refreshing.
I’d buy this again if I was in the mood for a syrupy sweet dessert-style drink. It reminds me of soda, and so occasions where I’d drink soda are the same one’s I’d probably consume this drink in.
For a nightcap, I wouldn’t grab this, but I wouldn’t turn one away at a party. As for a sore throat helper, this felt awesome. I would recommend this for sick consumption. Just not with cold meds.
Would buy again, just wouldn’t stock the wine fridge with it.