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.
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. 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.