How much alcohol is in Twisted Tea? (3 Tips)

In this brief guide, we will answer the question, ‘how much alcohol is in Twisted Tea?’. We will discuss the two variants of Twisted tea and their respective alcohol contents. We will also discuss some aspects of Twisted Tea such as chemical constituents and their impact on health of certain individuals.

How much alcohol is in Twisted Tea?

The alcohol content in twisted tea is 5 percent and in Twisted Tea Light is 4 percent alcohol by volume. The alcohol in beer is same as the twisted tea, which means that twisted tea will get you drunk as quickly as beer does.

 The Twisted Tea variant which is labelled as ‘light’ has a slightly less amount of alcohol in it, which is 4 percent. With only 1 percent difference than the regular Twisted Tea, the light version will take a little longer to make you as tipsy as beer does.

What is twisted tea?

Twisted Tea is hard ice tea. The refreshing beverage is served chilled or over ice during hot summer.  Besides alcohol, it has tea and natural flavors. Twisted tea is manufactured in the US, which are sold in 750 ml (12 Fluid Oz) cans or bottles. It is sweet, syrupy and goes well with any meat dish.

Twisted Tea is available as pure, brewed tea and also with equal amount of tea and lemonade. It is different from beer because it is not carbonated like beer is. It is also sold in strawberry, raspberry, mango and peach flavors. Twisted tea has around 31 grams of sugar and freshly brewed tea extracts. 

 The Hard Iced Tea Malt Beverage makes it perfect as a game-watch party beverage. 

How is Twisted Tea made?

Malt beverages are made by fermenting grains. Alcohol is a result of the fermentation process. The main product is ethanol (alcohol). That alone is not the product of this chemical reaction; organic acids are produced, such as succinic acid, acetic acid, and other organic compounds. 

Malted Cereal grains such as barley, hops and water are added. In the presence of yeast, fermentation is allowed to occur. The malt base has alcohol only, the color and odor are removed to incorporate the other flavors and ingredients. 

The malt base is then fused with flavors such as lemon, peach or mango. The crucial ingredient, the tea is mixed with fermented beverage. Other ingredients such as sugar is added. 

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Why should you avoid consuming Twisted Tea frequently?

Twisted Tea is acidic like beer, while tea has caffeine and other compounds which could harm you in the long run.

  1. A high-Acid Content

Alcohol-based beverages can have a high acid content. Besides the alcohol, other factors could contribute to the acid content. Tea also has acids namely; chlorogenic acid, tannic acids, and Malic acid, which makes them count as an acidic beverage.  Flavors such as lemon could also increase the pH of Twisted Tea. 

All the values below 7 are acidic. The lower the pH value, the more the acid content. The pH of beer lies at around 4, which is sufficiently acidic. The acid content in Twisted Tea would be similar to that of beer.

The acidic pH of alcoholic beverages and tea is known to trigger GERD symptoms in people who drank regularly. Men and women who participated in a study exhibited symptoms associated with GERD. Some people can experience painful Gastrointestinal symptoms if they consume acidic beverages regularly. Even if you do not experience such adverse effects, it is still advisable to adhere to moderate caffeine and alcohol consumption.

The GERD can be painful and unpredictable but is manageable if you make the right choices. Some foods and beverages trigger this chronic condition; caffeinated, acidic, and high-fat foods.

  1. Caffeine in Tea

Caffeine makes you feel alert and fresh due to its stimulating effect. Caffeine speeds up the nervous system which is accompanied by negative effects too. Frequent urination, irritability, and increased blood pressure are inevitable.

The stimulating effect of caffeine lasts for a short while, after which it can cause some people to crash. A caffeine crash is identified by sudden fatigue and sleepiness.

Refrain from drinking Twisted tea if you are under 18 years of age, pregnant, or breastfeeding. Also, do not drive or operate heavy machinery as twisted tea will make you under the influence.

Store Twisted Tea in a cool and dry place away from sunlight. Once you open it, consume it as soon as possible as oxidation can cause the drink to lose its optimum quality.

In this brief guide, we answered the question ‘how much alcohol is in Twisted Tea?’. We discussed the two variants of Twisted tea and their respective alcohol contents. We also discussed some aspects of Twisted Tea such as chemical constituents and their impact on the health of certain individuals.


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