10 Drinks You Shouldn’t Have Been Drinking Down The Park!

We all did it didn’t we? We knew we weren’t supposed to be drinking it and that’s what the appeal was. How did we get hold of it? Usually somebodies older brother or sister, or sometimes one of your friends could already grow a beard and they got served no problem! However we got it and however wrong it was A list of Ten alcoholic drinks that you possibly won’t remember, depending on how much you had!

1. White Lightning

Popular with teens who liked parks!

White Lightning was originally manufactured by Inch’s Cider of Winkleigh. Inch’s Cider was bought out by H. P. Bulmer in 1995, and in spite of initial assurances that production would continue in Winkleigh, the cider brewery there was shut and all production moved to Hereford. Bulmers was in turn acquired by Scottish Courage in 2003. White Lightning quickly gained brand recognition in the late 1990s-2000s in a competitive marketplace with its distinctive large deep blue coloured thin plastic bottle’s design, very low price and high strength, making it popular with those seeking strong alcohol with minimal money to spend. On its release, its strength was 7.5% alcohol by volume, although labelled as 8.4%. UK alcohol taxation provided a price-break for ciders up to 7.5%, which fuelled the original development of the white cider market. However makers were allowed to over-state this strength on product labels, up to 8.4%

2. Mad Dog 20/20

Available in a range of colours, flavours and hangovers!

Flavored fortified wines are inexpensive fortified wines that typically have an alcohol content between 13% and 20% alcohol by volume (ABV). They are usually made of grape and citrus wine, sugar, and artificial flavor. MD 20/20 (often called by its nickname Mad Dog) is an American fortified wine. MD 20/20 has an alcohol content that varies by flavor from 13% to 18% (with most of the 18% varieties discontinued, although Red Grape is reportedly available in 18% ABV). The MD actually stands for its producer: Mogen David. Originally, 20/20 stood for 20 oz @ 20% alcohol. Currently, MD 20/20 is not sold in 20 oz bottles nor at 20% alcohol by volume.

3. Archers

What sophisticated lady didn’t love an Archers and Lemonade?

4. Two Dogs

Tasted just like cloudy lemonade, right?

Two Dogs was a ready-to-drink beverage that was first introduced in Australia in 1993 and went on to become available throughout the world. It was a lemon flavoured alcoholic beverage that is widely considered to have been the “world’s first brewed alcoholic lemonade” (despite the pre-existence of traditional drinks like Zima), paving the way for similar products such as Hooper’s Hooch and Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

Two Dogs was created in 1993 by the Australian brewer Duncan MacGillivray. The tale behind the drink says that MacGillivray, an owner of a small brewery and pub in Australia, was having a beer with some friends who owned a lemon farm. They mentioned that they didn’t know what to do with all their lemons that they couldn’t sell due to size. Duncan said “I’ll try brewing them.” He soon had a truck of lemons on his hands and went to work brewing them. The result was a drink that started selling pretty well.[2] Now Duncan was faced with marketing and selling the beer and had to come up with a name. All he could think of was the punch line to a joke he had heard. Thus Two Dogs brewing company was born. There was a “Why Do You Ask?” on the bottle. This was also part of the joke.

5. Diamond White

Another white cider for the classier cider drinker.

Diamond White is a brand of white cider produced in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, England by Brookfield Drinks, who bought the brand from the Gaymer Cider Company in 2013. Like White Star, it is a cider with an alcohol content of 7.5%. It was launched by the Taunton Cider Company of Shepton Mallet, now part of Matthew Clark, in 1986, and is one of the company’s major brands of cider. In 2015, Brookfield relaunched Diamond White with new branding, and launched Diamond Black, an 8% amber cider.

Its main competition is from other low-cost white ciders such as Frosty Jack’s and White Ace, as well as other cheap alcoholic drinks such as Skol Super and supermarket branded beers like Tesco Super and Asda Super.

6. Warner Bros Studios Store

Were you a Lambrini girl?
Lambrini is a light and fruity perry that is manufactured in Liverpool by Halewood International. It was first created by the company in 1994. Lambrini dominates the British commercial perry market, with a 53.6% market share in the off trade. Lambrini is available in Original (7.5% ABV), Luci (3.5% ABV), Cherry, Peach and Strawberry (all 5% ABV). A 2009 study on alcohol sold in supermarkets and off licences in North East England identified Lambrini as the cheapest alcohol in the wine category, measured on the price of a unit of alcohol.

Production for a bottle of Lambrini takes about six weeks. Lambrini has on occasion been accused of deliberate confusion with other wine and perry manufacturers’ products beginning with “Lam”, such as Lambrusco

7. Cinzano

Your parents always had a dusty bottle of this in the cupboard.

Cinzano vermouths date back to 1757 and the Turin herbal shop of two brothers, Giovanni Giacomo and Carlo Stefano Cinzano, who created a new “vermouth rosso” (red vermouth) using “aromatic plants from the Italian Alps in a [still-secret] recipe combining 35 ingredients (including marjoram, thyme, and yarrow)”. What became known as the “vermouth of Turin” proved popular with the bourgeoisie of Turin and, later, Casanova.

Cinzano Bianco followed, based on a different combination of herbs that included artemisia (wormwood), cinnamon, cloves, citrus and gentian; it was followed by an Extra Dry version. Exports began in the 1890s, to Argentina, Brazil and the USA, among others.[2] In Paris in 1913, Cinzano was the first product to be advertised with a neon sign on its roof

8. Hooch

Another lemon flavoured drink. Was always hard to tell how many you’d had!

Hooper’s Hooch (often simply referred to as Hooch) is an alcopop that was most popular during the mid-1990s. The name Hoopers refers to William Hooper (chemist), inventor of the hot water bottle and manufacturer of lemonade in the 1840s whose trademark was owned by Burton-on-Trent-based brewer Bass. Launched in Britain in 1995 by Bass as an alcoholic lemonade, it was initially very popular leading to the development of orange- and blackcurrant-flavoured versions.

At its peak, 2.5 million bottles of Hooper’s Hooch were sold each week in Britain, and it was the market leader for alcopops with up to 70% of the market. However, alcopops became less popular, and the drink was discontinued in the UK in 2003, being reintroduced in 2012 in a lower alcohol formulation. The drink continued to be sold in the US by United States Beverage in Hard Lemonade, Hard Orange, Hard Berry and ICE (citrus) flavours.

9. Taboo & Mirage

Yes, we know this is cheating and is actually two drinks but you never think of one without the other!

Taboo is a fruit-flavoured spirit made in the UK. Its main ingredients are vodka, white wine and exotic fruit juices. Its alcohol content is 14.9% (29.8 proof).

Taboo was first put out on the market in 1988 by drinks company First Drink. However after a honeymoon period for the product up until the early 1990s the company spent very little money on promoting it in later years; in 2005 only £8,000 was spent. However in 2006 First Drink hired 23red to boost Taboo’s profile. Originally the drink was marketed with a companion spirit called Mirage, with advertising showing both products.

10. Thunderbird

This had to make the list didn’t it.

Thunderbird (The American Classic), between 13% and 18% ABV. Popular since the 1950s, when a popular rhythm and blues song went: “What’s the word? Thunderbird / How’s it sold? Good and cold / What’s the jive? ‘Bird’s alive / What’s the price? Thirty twice.” Once marketed in the United Kingdom as “The California Aperitif.”

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