18 Canned Alcoholic Drinks To Try This Summer

The alcoholic can market was booming pre-lockdown, so it’s no surprise to see demand continue to soaring amid travel restrictions and a summer of picnics in the park. Light, quick to chill and 100% recyclable, most cans are 250ml – the size of a large glass – and are reasonably priced, too. Here are the new and notable ones to try.

WINE & FIZZ

Cansecco

This premium Italian sparkling wine tastes as good as it looks. The cans might be fun, but the process is serious – each batch is made by a family-owned winery that has been making wine since 1921. A lightly sparkling, crisp and dry white wine which is full-bodied and easy to drink. 

Visit Cansecco.com

Mirabeau Prêt-à-Porter Rosé

A pale pink colour, with a nose of ripe cherry and raspberry, Mirabeau’s ready-to-drink wine is balanced by the subtle acidity of redcurrant. These Prêt-à-Porter cans are a convenient way to enjoy this dry yet fragrant rosé from Provence. A real taste of France.

Visit MirabeauWine.com

Nice

Hailing from the Languedoc region, Nice’s light and pale rosé is dry, crisp and very drinkable. Not sure where to start with the brand? We suggest buying a mixed case, which offers a choice of sauvignon blanc, pale rosé and malbec. A great place to start if you prefer red wine to white or rosé.

Visit Nice-Drinks.co.uk

PinotPinot

PinotPinot creates lightly sparkling pinot grigio, available in white and rosé. New for this year is the team’s pinot grigio spritzer, a classic dry white wine spritzer at just 5.5% ABV. Ideal for those moments when you want something lower in alcohol and calories, but still fresh and fizzy.

Visit BringTheFizz.com

Quello

Quello is a naturally fermented, gently sparkling white wine produced by blending Italy’s trebbiano and pagadebit grapes. The drink comes in slim, single-serve cans and is crisp, zesty and refreshing. Made in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, Quello is the result of owner Roberta’s collaboration with one of the best consortia of Italian producers, who have been wine farming and wine making for over 60 years. An authentic sip.

Visit QuelloSparklingWine.com

Ramona

Sommelier Jordan Salcito created RAMONA when she noticed a void in the market for a high-quality drink that consumers could reach for in moments when others were opting for a cold beer. A rumoured favourite of Rihanna’s, pour it over ice or drink it straight from the can for a deliciously sharp organic wine spritzer. RAMONA comes in two flavours: ruby grapefruit and lemon.

Visit DrinkRamona.com

Igo Organic Rosé

Crafted from aged vines planted in the small town of Artazu, Navarra – home to some of the world’s best rosé – Igo is well balanced, with notes of raspberry and pomegranate. A hundred percent organic, each aluminium can is 250ml, making it a generous serve for one or ideal for sharing between two. Packed in units of four cans, these make for the ultimate portable picnic accompaniment.

Visit PolRoger.co.uk 

The Uncommon

Grown and handpicked in England, these sparkling wines are made using bacchus grapes, so they have a refreshingly sweet yet aromatic taste. And as single servings, there is far less waste when you fancy a glass of fizz rather than a bottle. The brand currently stocks four flavours: bubbly white wine, bubbly rosé, a white wine spritzer and a rosé spritzer. Worth buying for the quirky packaging alone.

Visit WeAreTheUncommon.com

Hun Wine

Market newcomer Hun Wine has just released three flavours: sauvignon blanc, rosé and rosé bubbles, a low-calorie version. All the grapes used are from Stellenbosch, South Africa, and the company is the UK’s first fair trade canned wine. The perfect choice for a socially distanced sundowner. 

Visit HunWines.com

COCKTAILS

Hippy Fizz

One of Porter’s Gin’s most-loved recipes – The Hippy Fizz has been pre-batched into individual servings. The rich, herbaceous highball has a tropical base thanks to a combination of pineapple shrub and malted passionfruit which blends with the citrus of Porter’s Gin and herbal note of patchouli. Once chilled, the cocktail is ready to drink – either straight from the can or, for a perfect serve, over ice in a highball glass. 

Visit PortersGin.co.uk

East London Liquor Co

East London Liquor Co has launched four ready-to-drink cocktails, made with its award-winning spirits and no artificial sweeteners, colours or preservatives. The new drinks come in 12-can cases and include a 33-calorie 0.5% grapefruit G&T – perfect for a mid-week pick-me-up. A 5% version is also available, as is a canned rum and ginger and a refreshing vodka and rhubarb.

Visit EastLondonLiquorCompany.com

Thomas Tipple

Thomas Tipple cocktails are served in ready-to-crack-open cans. A new brand, its two inaugural offerings are inspired by classic recipes – the raspberry bellini and passionfruit mimosa – and each sparkling wine-based cocktail is balanced with refreshing fruit juice and natural flavourings. Each 250ml can has a 5% ABV.  

Visit ThomasTipple.com

Empirical Spirits

After something a little more unusual? Empirical Spirits is a distillery in Copenhagen which has built up a portfolio of spirits that can't be categorised into a gin or vodka. Now, the team has brought out two canned cocktails. Can 01 leads with the acidity of gooseberry coupled with the smooth notes of milk oolong tea and the mild sweetness of toasted birch. Can 02 offers notes of walnut, zesty sour cherry, aromatic black currant buds and lemony maqaw pepper. Sour and delicious.

Visit Shop.EmpiricalSpirits.co

The Bloody Classic

Following its success launching the UK’s first premixed bloody mary in a can in Selfridges in 2019, east London drinks start-up Bloody Drinks now sells The Bloody Classic in Sainsbury’s. The Bloody Classic signature recipe includes premium vodka, Amontillado sherry, Italian tomatoes, lemon, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce and Tabasco sauce for that much needed kick. A fuss-free way to kick off the weekend.

Visit BloodyDrinks.co.uk

Sipsmith Gin & Tonic

A favourite in the SL office, this Sipsmith gin and tonic offers a skilfully blended and balanced bar-quality drink. Served in its signature copper and green, the serve includes a generous measure of gin and light tonic water. Just as delicious as a regular G&T, but with 30% fewer calories.

Visit Sipsmith.com

Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb Gin & Ginger Ale

Created by macerating spring-crop rhubarb and oriental ginger, and infusing it with original Edinburgh Gin, this sweet, fruity drink is balanced by a delicate warmth and spicy finish. A fiery, aromatic and fresh drink – perfect if it’s warm outside.

Visit EdinburghGin.com

Portobello Road Gin & Tonic

Portobello Road Gin’s ready-to-serve spirit and mixer has been created with award-winning Franklin & Sons natural Indian tonic water alongside the brand’s classic London dry gin. A really well-balanced pairing if you’re looking for an easy gin and tonic.

Visit The-Distillery.com

Kahlua Espresso Martini

This retro-packaged drink balances quality vodka, Kahlua coffee liqueur and roasted Arabica coffee. When the can is popped open, the nitro foam bursts into life to create a velvety smooth foam in the glass, giving you a bar-quality espresso martini which will serve two.

Visit Kahlua.com

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