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What is the drink Thunderbird?

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Thunderbird is a low-quality, inexpensive wine made by the Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery. The liquor is light yellow, but it turns the lips and mouth black.

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The Ernest and Julio Gallo Winery started producing Thunderbird wine after Prohibition ended, targeting a young market. Fermented Reviews reports a hint of citrus and some sweetness in the flavor. The wine also features a high alcohol content: 17.5 percent by volume. The extra alcohol adds burn to the flavor. Marketed as "The American Classic," Thunderbird has a reputation as being a cheap way to get drunk; 750 mL generally costs less than $3.

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