Canned cocktails have become a summer staple as they’re easily portable, not that potent and easily crushable. However, with so many on the market, not to mention hard seltzers (thanks, White Claw), how do you decide which ready-to-drink cocktails should you be grabbing on your next grocery store run? We’ve got the answers below to help this upcoming Labor Day be a little more refreshing.
Vervet stands out because its co-founder Hope Ewing, a Los Angeles-based bartender and cocktail writer, makes everything from scratch, down to their bitters, vermouth, and amaro. They currently have four flavors: Angelicano (a Negroni spritz), Pale Mary (a clarified Bloody Mary), Sundowner (a strawberry hard kombucha), and Tiki Tea (a Margarita meets a Moscow Mule).
Inspired by the beauty of the Northwest, 503 Distilling offers three canned cocktails. The Wicked Mule is made by infusing its vodka with lime and ginger, then blending it with a homemade ginger syrup. The Blood Orange Greyhound is made with grapefruit-infused vodka, then blending it with blood orange puree, grapefruit juice and lime. La Vida Mocha is the Portland distillery’s first rum-based canned cocktail made with Riff Cold Brew Coffee cold brew and Mexican chocolate from Holy Kakow.
We’ve covered Azulana before. Here’s a refresher: it is said to be the first sparkling ready-to-drink beverage crafted using 100% blue agave tequila on the market. Produced in Guadalajara, Mexico, it aims to authentically integrate the region’s rich heritage and history, while also contributing to the local economy through its production, manufacturing and distribution.
Cutwater Spirits aims to love all and serve all with its wide variety of canned concoctions. The San Diego-based distillery, recently acquired by Anheuser-Busch, has 16 different cocktails to choose from including Vodka Soda, Cold Brew, Paloma and its newest, Rum Mint Mojito.
Ohza claims they’ve reinvented mimosa in a can! Crafted with premium sparkling wine and real orange juice, the Boston-based brand’s mimosas contain up to 80% less sugar than standard DIY mimosas. Its gluten-free canned cocktail has the calorie count of a hard seltzer, but more flavor – with no added sugar and zero preservatives. Recently, Ohza announced the launch of its kegs – perfect for your next Sunday Funday brunch.
Cafe Agave Spiked Cold Brew
The cold brew trend has taken caffeinated cocktails to the next level and Cafe Agave Spiked Cold Brew has led the charge. Made with 100% Arabica Columbian cold brew coffee and fermented agave, the San Diego-based brand offers flavors: Caffe Mocha, Vanilla Cinnamon, Salted Caramel and Espresso Shot.
Novo Fogo brings you Brazil’s signature cocktail in these easily portable cans. The brand produces USDA-certified organic cachaças at its zero-waste distillery in Morretes, located in the heart of the largest protected patch of Brazil’s Atlantic Rainforest. Made with its Silver Cachaça, Novo Fogo offers three flavors — original lime, mango and lime, and passion fruit and lime.
Colony Cocktails aim to take you away via their canned confections — which is great because we’re not going anywhere anytime soon. The Virginia-based wine cocktails include The Biarritz (inspired by the French 75), The Tangier (a rosemary, cardamom and grapefruit sipper) and The Charleston (lemongrass and lemon libation).
Social Hour Cocktails
Social Hour began as a passion project of Tom Macy’s during his years long quest for the perfect Gin & Tonic. Together with cocktail-culture pioneer Julie Reiner (Brooklyn’s Clover Club), Social Hour will debut with three crafted expressions: The Gin & Tonic, the Whiskey Mule (a Moscow Mule meets whiskey) and the Pacific Spritz.
This one is for vodka fans looking for something portable and potable. Square One Organic Spirits is a female-owned boutique spirits company founded with the mission of creating innovative products with an eco-conscious mindset. It’s ready-to-drink vodka cocktails include Pear of Roses (flavored with pear, rose, lavender, rosemary and lemon), Basil Berry Fizz (flavored with basil, strawberry and lemon), Mediterranean Pearl (flavored with bergamot, orange, pomegranate, coriander, star anise and lime) and Cucumber Therapy (flavored with cucumber, rose, ginger and lime).