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Sip On These 5 Best Canned Cocktails Out Right Now

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!

Salt Point

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?

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Here’s Some Rums To Try On National Rum Day That You Might Not Have Heard Of Before

Happy National Rum Day! Yes, its a thing. So whether you love mojitos, Cuba Libres or TK, this is your day. And given that rum is the third most popular spirit in the U.S., behind whiskey and vodka, there are quite a few of you out there. We here at Foodbeast are all about a good rum cocktail. And while there are many rums out there, here are a few that you may NOT be aware of but should.

 

Atlantico Gran Reserva Rum

First up is Atlantico Gran Reserva Rum, a beautiful blend of Dominican rums that is aged up to 25 years, which is perfect for drinking neat.

 

Don Papa Rum

Next up is Don Papa Rum, a premium aged rum from the Philippines. This is their Mai Tai: ½ oz. Don Papa Rum, ½ oz. fresh lime juice, ½ oz. orgeat syrup, and 1 oz. mango nectar. Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with 2 cups of crushed ice. Shake well. Pour everything (do not strain) into glass. Garnish with a lime shell sunk into the ice and a sprig of fresh mint.

 

Silk City Distillers

Rums are also being made stateside, like New Jersey’s Silk City Distillers small batch,  both dark and white rums. This is their take on the classic daiquiri: 1.5 oz Silk City Distillers White Rum, 1 oz fresh lime juice and 1/2 oz of simple syrup. Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into a glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Devil’s Reef

Finally, we have Devil’s Reef, a cinnamon-infused spiced rum from K Street Spirits, which gives a new take on an old favorite. To that end, this is their Old Fashioned: 1.5 oz Devil’s Reef Rum, 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters, 1 sugar cube, and a few dashes of water. Muddle the sugar, bitters and water in an old-fashioned glass. Fill glass with ice and rum. Garnish with an orange peel and cocktail cherry.

 

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Guide To Drinking Like A Motherf*ckin’ Pirate

Set sail for the high seas with these contemporary takes on classic pirate cocktails, based on your swashbuckler level.

If you’ve seen every Pirates of the Caribbean movie:

Daiquiri

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The Daiquiri gets an undeserved reputation for being a weak vacation drink — mostly due to its slushy sister — but this cocktail is essentially a modern interpretation of grog. Pirates often mixed rum, sugary water, and lime juice to make the alcohol easier to drink, rid their casks of water of bacteria, and stave off scurvy.   And that’s exactly what you tell people the next time your order one.  

  • 1 1/2 oz White rum

 

  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup

 

 

  • 1 oz Lime juice

 

 

 

Pour all ingredients into shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain in chilled cocktail glass.

 

Bumbo

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Yet another oldie, but goodie, the Bumbo is another health-conscious cocktail created by pirates of yore, but can be surprisingly sweeter than daiquiris.     

  • 2 oz Dark Rum

 

  • 1 oz Lemon Juice

 

 

  • 1/2 tsp Grenadine

 

 

  • 1/4 tsp (grated) Nutmeg

 

 

 

In a shaker half-filled with ice cubes, combine all of the ingredients. Shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass.

 

If you’ve always had a fondness for treasure maps and scavenger hunts:

 

Dark and Stormy

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This drink didn’t surface until the mid-20th century, but its Caribbean roots and seafaring imagery made it worthy of joining this list. The ginger beer takes the warming bite out of the rum while maintaining the integrity of the spice.

  • 2 ounces Gosling’s or Myers’s dark rum

 

  • 5 ounces ginger beer

 

 

  • Lime wedge

 

 

 

Pour the rum over ice in highball and fill with ginger beer. Squeeze in the lime wedge.

(Nouveau) Sangaree

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This is not Sangria. Though there are several variations, sangarees are typically less involved than their Spanish counterparts.

  • 2 oz Beaujolais nouveau wine (you may substitute another red wine)

 

  • 1 ½ oz apple brandy

 

 

  • ½ oz gin

 

 

  • ¼ oz dark maple syrup

 

 

  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters

 

 

  • thin apple slices

 

 

  • grated cinnamon

 

 

 

Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with thin apple slices and grated cinnamon.

 

If you’re wearing a hook and eyepatch right now:

 

Barbary Coast

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This is one of those “I’m mostly alcohol and you’re about to call your ex” cocktails. If It’s good enough for 19th century San Franciscan sailors, it’s good enough for you.

But you should probably give your phone to someone else beforehand.

  • ¾ oz. scotch
  • ¾ oz. gin
  • ¾ oz. creme de cacao
  • ¾ oz. cream
  • grated nutmeg

 

Combine ingredients in a shaker, shake well and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Fog Cutter (Trader Vic’s version)

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“After two of these, you won’t even see the stuff.”

These are terrifying words from the Fog Cutter’s creator, “Trader Vic” Bergeron. This cocktail bullied the Long Island Iced Tea in middle school. You can swap out the sherry from grenadine if you want to lessen the alcohol content, but this will still hit you where it hurts without apologizing the next day.

  • 1/2 oz Orgeat
  • 2 oz gold rum
  • 1 oz Pisco (a strong, colorless grape brandy)
  • 1/2 oz gin
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 2 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz sherry float

 

Place all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, shake until chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with crushed ice and float sherry on top.