Now you don’t have to pick between going out for coffee or drinks

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The term “caffeinated alcoholic beverage” may remind you of the distinctly unpleasant flavor of Four Loko, but a new product may bring a classier edge to the concept. Apothic Wine has launched a cold brew-infused red wine, which will be available to the public in April.

Touted as the first of its kind, Apothic’s cold brew wine, called Apothic Brew, is a limited edition blend of red wine that has been infused with cold brew coffee. Don’t worry about freaking out your system by mixing stimulants and depressants, because according to Apothic, the wine has less caffeine per serving than a standard cup of decaf coffee.

“Last year during the long hours of harvest, I joined the cold brew craze myself,” said Deb Juergenson, a winemaker at Apothic, in a statement. “Quickly, I realized that many of the characteristics in cold brew coffee and red wine naturally complement each other. This led us to experiment with a few blends, eventually leading to the seamless creation of Apothic Brew, which brings together red fruit notes and subtle mocha essences of cold brew.”

Cold brew is a full-blown obsession for most people in the United States these days (I’ve personally worked at 3 different offices that offered cold brew on tap). In fact, Mintel reports that demand for cold brew in the US grew by 430 percent between 2015 and 2017. After the initial craze for the drink landed, then came the cold brew-fusions. We’ve seen everything from cold brew soft serve (which was actually quite good) to cold brew served with jerky (not so much). Apothic Brew, however, appears to be one of the first cold brew and wine combinations.

Apothic Brew is set to launch in limited quantities at select wine locations on April 1.