Whether they’re at a barbecue or tailgating before the game, craft cocktail lovers often have a difficult decision to make: What to drink when coupes and Collins glasses aren’t handy?
Sure, Solo cups of Jungle Juice or other mysterious concoctions can be fun but what about when you want to take it easy? Enter canned cocktails! These spirited refreshments are portable versions of some of the most classic cocktails.
John Daly’s Grip It & Sip It
There has long been a debate about whether the delicious combination of iced teaand lemonade is called an Arnold Palmer or a Half & Half. What has never been debated though, is that when you add vodka to that or you use an iced tea-flavored vodka instead of the real thing, its called a John Daly. So it only makes sense that the legendary golfer, known for good times on and off the golf course, is now getting into the spirits business with both a canned Hard Tea and a canned Half & Half. Made with real black tea and premium ingredients, the cocktail line’s name comes from Daly’s “grip it and rip it” attitude. We just like saying “grip it.”
Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails
Bitters are the staple of many great craft cocktails these days. So, who better than Scrappy’s Bitters, founded by bartender Miles Thomas, to introduce a line of on-the-go carbonated canned cocktails? The Seattle-based company launched with three cocktails to start: a Bramble which includes dry London gin, berries, and citrus; a Daiquiri with rum, water, lime, and sugar; and a Paloma featuring tequila and grapefruit soda. All are made with real spirits and are carbonated for that extra kick. The name “Half-Seas” is inspired by an old sailor term, “half–seas over,” which is a fancy way of saying “fairly drunk.” Sounds like a great way to feel to us.
Bad Larry’s Cold Hard Coffee
If you love booze and caffeine, then this one is for you. Also, you’re our kind of people. This is said to be the first-ever boozy cold brew. Similar to the craft brewing process, each batch is made with locally-sourced cold-brew coffee from Wisconsin-based Blackeye Roasting Co., steeped for more than 16 hours and infused with nitrogen. The result is a nifty alternative to a vodka- Red Bull. Just don’t drink it before work, unless that’s just how you roll.
Owl’s Brew Radler
If you’re not a coffee fan or just prefer tea — particularly with your beer — then these are for you. Radlers are available in four flavors: That’s My Jam (an amber ale brewed with darjeeling tea), The Blondie (a wheat beer with brewed black tea), Short and Stout (a chocolate stout with Masala chai), and Wicked Watermelon (a wheat beer and brewed white tea). So how exactly did Jennie and Maria, the masterminds behind the brand, create these? First, they brewed the beer while separately brewing organic tea and botanicals. They blend the two together with a splash of juice to lighten the the flavor and there you have it!
Moscow Mule is a tried and true classic, but with the recent concerns about the potential poisoning from copper mugs, what’s a health-conscious drinker supposed to do? This Northern California-based company has the answer. Inspired by life on the Pacific Coast, this drink is a tasteful blend of spicy ginger, lime, and American vodka that tastes like just like it was served in a “deadly” mug. Also, how can you beat this logo?