An alcopop is an alcoholic cocktail that mainly consists of spirits like Vodka or Whisky mixed with lemonade. These pre-mixed drinks are very sweet due to the added sugar. Some alcopops are also based on beer or wine.
The alcohol content of alcopops typically ranges from 5.0 % to 6.0 % alcohol by volume.
The high-rise of these beverages on the market results in a growing demand for alcohol content determination in alcopops.
Traditionally, the alcohol content is determined by distillation and subsequent density measurement of the distillate. However, this analysis is time-consuming and requires skilled and experienced operators.
Test measurements with the Alcolyzer Beer Analyzing System were performed at Anton Paar GmbH. The task was to find out if this measuring system is suitable to determine the alcohol content of alcopops and if it can therefore be used as an alternative to the distillation method.
The results of these measurements are described in the chapters 3 and 4.