Alcohol-rich, sweet lemonades in a trendy setting, which today are preferred to be drunk by teenagers. They are also known as premixed drinks, designer drinks, hyperdrinks, Ready-to-drink beverages (RTD) or Refresher referred to. Alcopops consist of a mixture of spirits (as rum. vodka or whiskey ) and sodas, fruit juices or other sweetened drinks in which the alcohol is covered in taste by the sweetness. The alcohol content is between 3 to 7% vol. Known brands include Mike's Hard Beverages, Hooper's Hooch, Smirnoff, Bacardi, Jack Daniel's Cocktail, Four Loko and VK.
In Germany, a law was adopted in 2004 to impose a special tax on alcoholic sweet drinks for the protection of young people (the Alcohol Tax Act), drastically reducing sales. The manufacturer Bacardi then stopped the production of Alcopops. However, the industry responded quickly and simply produced other mixed alcoholic drinks that are not covered by the Alkopopsteuergesetz and thus offered much cheaper. As Alcopop wines are also pejorative jammy tasting mainstream wines (too Coca-Cola wines ) designated. These terms all have no legal meaning. See also below wine-based drinks and wine mixed drinks,