Wine is lovely when it comes to intoxicating yourself for a budget. But the problem with wine is that not a lot of us like the taste and you need to down almost a bottle to get tipsy! (subjective)
But there is a certain kind of wine available in the market that can get you drunk in under Rs. 120! When you tell someone that you are drinking Rio, they instantly assume that you are drinking the non-alcoholic fruit-based drink. But in reality, Rio Strong is stronger than beer!
I first tried Rio Strong when I was straight out of college and like every man who thinks he can handle a lot of alcohol, I chugged a pint of Rio Strong within seconds. It was later that I realized how buzzed I was! Within minutes, I felt like I had downed half a bottle of rum and I couldn’t make head or toe of this drink!
Taste-wise, it was actually pretty good. The drink tastes just like a grape-based drink but has a salty aftertaste like certain wines. The wine also warms up your throat as you can feel the alcohol going down.
The next time I got the bottle, I took a good look at it and right there on the table it said 16% alcohol! Just to give you a comparison, a pint of Kingfisher premium beer has around 4.8% alcohol. Rio Strong literally has four times the alcohol in one pint!
Over the years, I have tried looking for Rio in a lot of places. It's not rare to come by but only select wine shops carry this brand. An easy way to find out where to get a bottle is to look for ‘wine shops near me’ on google maps and call them up to ask whether they have the drink. But all these years, I haven’t come across a single bar in Mumbai that sells Rio Strong.
And the reason for that is pretty obvious. If people can get drunk in just a pint or two of Rio, the sales in these bars would drastically drop as no one wants to spend a bomb on cocktails!
But we feel that Rio strong is the perfect drink to start a party with or to pre-booze before heading out. But don’t think less of this harmless looking sparkling wine as we have seen the heaviest of drinkers feel its effects within minutes! A couple of pints of Rio and you will be set for the night! And as far as the after effects go, we know that hangovers are subjective but we didn't feel a thing the next day!