Alcohol-containing, sweet lemonades in a trendy presentation, which are preferred today by young people. They are also used as premix drinks, designer drinks, hyper drinks, Ready-to-drink beverages (RTD) or refresher. Alcopops consist of a mixture of spirits (how rum. vodka or whiskey ) and lemonades, fruit juices or other sweetened drinks, in which the alcohol the taste is covered by the sweetness. The alcohol content is between 3 and 7% vol. Well-known manufacturers and brands are or were Mike's Hard Beverages, Hooper's Hooch, Smirnoff, Bacardi, Jack Daniel's Cocktail, Four Loko and VK.
In Germany, a law was passed in 2004 on the levying of a special tax on alcoholic sweet drinks to protect young people (Alkopop tax law), which drastically reduced sales. The manufacturer Bacardi then stopped the production of Alcopops at all. However, the industry reacted quickly to this and simply produced other alcohol-containing mixed drinks that are not subject to the Alkopop tax law and are therefore offered at significantly lower prices. As Alcopop wines are also pejorative jammy tasting mainstream wines (too Coca-Cola wines ) designated. All of these terms have no meaning in wine law. See also under wine-based drinks and wine mixed drinks,