Alcohol: 5% (17.5 ml)
Quantity: 350 ml
Sugar: 1.75-3.5 g
Calories: 112 kcal
Price: MSRP 141 yen (119 yen at Marupetit)
Official Site: http://www.suntory.co.jp/rtd/196/index.html
Oh man, I think I’m in love! In 2008, Suntory introduced the -196°C Zero Dry series, sugar-free chuuhai. However, these chuuhai use the artifical sugar sucralose (commonly known by the brand name “Splenda”) to give the chuuhai sweetness. And this factor makes a great product. Additionally, Suntory claims on the can that this series takes the best fruit, freezes them at -196°C, and the uses the powder to make the drinks. It sounds cool (albeit unbelievable), but I really don’t care if it’s true or not because the taste of the Orange Zero Dry is wonderful. It’s the perfect blend of being sweet but not too sweet, and there is no sugar (in absolute terms, there still is sugar, but under 1.1 grams per 100 ml can be classified as zero sugar for advertising purposes.) The finish is pleasant and not overpowering, and the flavor in general crisp, light, and refreshing. AND at 5% alcohol, this as the same kick as a beer and is cheap at 105-148 yen, depending on where you buy it. The only people I could see not picking this up would be people with a sucralose allergy (do such people exist?) or those who dislike oranges. But to me, this is Sunkist… with booze! Cheers!