There’s a certain group of people out there always looking for the next Four Loko. Which, fine, the Four Loko is a cultural touchstone that defined bad decisions in the mid aughts and early 2010s. Finally, the search is over. A bunch of Twitter users think they’ve found a replacement: a bottled wine product called Capriccio Bubbly Sangria.
The drink was first launched in 2014 by Florida Caribbean Distillers, a company that makes a variety of rum, vodka, whiskey and liqueurs. Capriccio is one of 15 “wine based” products on FCD’s website. It also appears to be a hit as “the #1 selling Sangria in the Caribbean” (according to FCD), and the association with Four Loko has only increased demand, Insider reports. Because, while no one knows why everyone is getting crazy off of Capriccio, they do know it keeps happening.
On May 12, a Twitter user with the handle @StateofThe_ posted two screenshots of people ranting about Capriccio’s powers. One of the Facebook posts she screenshotted had a picture of the bottle and the caption “PLEASE BELIEVE THE HYPE BECAUSE IT IS TRUE!!!!” saying that it made the person feel like they were “in slow motion the rest of the night.” @StateofThe_ summed it up with: “This drink must have some secret sh*t they don’t include in the ingredients cause this wild asf.”
That one tweet set people off sharing their own encounters with Capriccio. Experiences ranged from statements like “I bought this Capriccio drink & I’m feelin like Beyoncé when she sang drunk in love” to ratings like “luke and i decided to take on the capriccio bubbly sangria and idk if i should rate it a 1/10 or 10/10 but w.” People have also described it as “5 loko” that is the equivalent of “sangria mixed with 4 loko with a double shot of henny and remy.”
Why? We may never know. The drink is only 13.9 percent alcohol, which is the same as wine. The Beverage Journal writes that it’s made in Puerto Rico by mixing Spanish red wine and pineapple, grape, lemon, pomegranate, orange, pear, apple, cherry and lime juices. The packaging is as innocent as it comes with a bunch of little fruit drawings all over the bottle. The marketing is as vanilla as it gets (“bursting with fruits and bubbles!”) and says nothing about getting wild off Capriccio. Retailers definitely don’t think it makes people crazy—it’s sold in places like World Market and Sam’s Club. Nevertheless, people went out and bought it in droves looking for that sweet crazy buzz, and stores are running out of the stuff.
If you want to test it for yourself, be careful. You might end up like @secret_tate.