Best Ready-to-Drink Cocktails

By Bob Barnes

Ready-to-Drink Cocktails Packaged in Cans

Canned cocktails are a recent trend in the beverage industry. This innovation is a great help to consumers, allowing for the enjoyment of a mixed drink without having to take the time to procure, measure out and mix the needed ingredients in a recipe.

In addition, these novel drinks are ideal to bring to gatherings with friends and celebrations, and the packaging in cans makes for easy transporting. To further help, we’ve compiled a list of canned drinks we found both unique and tasty that you may want to try for yourself.

> The Ready-to-Drink Cocktails are listed in alphabetical order.

1. HAPĒ Saké Spritz

HAPĒ Sake Spritz

Origin: San Jose, CA, U.S.A.
Price: $10 for 12 oz. 4-pack
ABV: 4.5%

For those interested in choosing “better for you” products, this saké-based cocktail may fit the bill. The ingredients are all-natural with real fruit, sparkling water and premium Junmai saké crafted by polishing rice to at least 70% and brewing without additives. Three flavors are available:
Grapefruit with Elderflower and Ginger;
Green Tea with Yuzu and Lemon;
– and Lemonade with Hibiscus and Lemongrass.

Nutritional Facts found on each can list each variety as 4.5% ABV, gluten-free and containing only 100 calories, 4 carbs and no added sugars.

> For more information, visit the HAPĒ official website.

2. Ninkasi Brewing Canned Cocktails

Origin: Eugene, OR, U.S.A.
Price: $14 for 355 ml (12 oz.) 4-pack
ABV: 8.6%-9%

The Eugene, Oregon-based Ninkasi Brewing Company has branched out from beer making, as Ninkasi Founding Brewer Jamie Floyd has partnered with his longtime friend, renowned mixologist Jeffrey Morgenthaler, to launch a canned cocktail line. Taking a mixed cocktail approach, Morgenthaler experimented with blending real spirits and simple ingredients until he found just the right mix to create three drinks using gin, bourbon and mezcal:
– the Gin Rickey, an 8.6% ABV gin cocktail with cooling mint and a splash of lime;
– the Bourbon Renewal, an 8.4% ABV bold spin on a bourbon classic with zesty lemon and sweet black currant;
– and the Agave Paloma, a 9% mezcal paloma with tangy grapefruit and crushed jalapeno.

The cocktail line is initially available in Oregon, California and Nevada.

> For more information, visit the Ninkasi official website.

3. Ohza Classic Mimosas

Origin: Cambridge, MA, U.S.A.
Price: $29 for 12 oz. 8-pack
ABV: 5%

Mimosa, the ever-popular low-alcohol brunch drink, may not be just for brunch any more, now that there is this ready-to-drink option. Packaged in a 12-oz can and at 5% ABV, the Ohza Classic Mimosas are vegan, gluten-free, contain no added sugar or artificial flavors and are only 130-140 calories per 12-oz serving. The bubbles come from a sparkling wine sourced from upstate New York

Four flavors made with real juice and premium sparkling wine are offered:
Classic Bellini;
Classic Mimosa;
Mango Mimosa;
– and Cranberry Mimosa.

This canned version adds the convenience of being able to pop open a can anytime you want one, and is easy to transport.

> For more information, visit the Ohza official website.

4. Sangria Spritz

Origin: Wynwood, FL, U.S.A.
Price: $12 for 8.4 oz. 4-pack
ABV: 4.2%

The adventure started by making cocktails for friends, and now Miami Cocktail has expanded to restaurants, hotels and retailers all over.

Miami Cocktail is bringing effervescence to your sangria with this spritz made with sparkling rosé produced from organic grapes to which organic orange. lime and pineapple juices have been added.

We very much like the slight, and not overwhelming, fruity taste. It adds sensuality to your sip.


> FACTS provided by Miami Cocktail
The earliest origins of the sangria cocktail date back to 1100 BC in Spain. Traditionally, it’s been made with Spanish Tempranillo and other wines from Rioja with added citrus fruit juices. But even then, no sangria was made the same. In the 1700s and 1800s, there was also white sangria, sparkling sangria, and sangria made with peaches, which was called “Zurra.”

> For more information, visit the Miami Cocktail official website.

5. SESH

SESH

Origin: Wilmington, DE, U.S.A.
Price: $10-$12 for 12 oz. 6-pack
ABV: 6%

Zeke Bronfman, a fourth-generation descendant in the Seagram’s family, and Nate Medow, a Type-1 diabetic who is hyper aware of sugar and carb content, co-founded this cross between a cocktail and seltzer. Both were searching for more healthful alternatives to high calorie/carb beer, sugary cocktails and seltzers, and after much mixing and experimentation the duo came up with four flavors inspired by classic cocktails:
Paloma;
Mojito;
Gin & Tonic;
– and Moscow Mule.

The SESH name is short for session drinking, and each qualifies for the designation as they contain 6% ABV, one gram of carbs and 120 calories. An added bonus is the drinks are gluten-free with zero sugar and made with all-natural ingredients.

> For more information, visit the SESH official website.

6. Siponey Royale

Origin: New York, NY, U.S.A.
Price: $20 for 12 oz. 4-pack
ABV: 7.25%

Ready-to-drink cocktails packaged in cans is a fast-growing segment in today’s beverage market. This version, from a small, family-owned company that has its roots in New York, is a 7.25% ABV rye whiskey and honey-based canned cocktail using a four-year-old New York State rye whiskey made from locally sourced grains, a touch of wildflower honey sourced from farms in Saratoga Springs, New York, real lemon juice and sea salt. You can think of it as a thirst quenching, easy drinking and tasty “whiskey spritz” in a can.

> For more information, visit the Siponey official website.

7. Two Chicks Mixed Sparkling Cocktails

Origin: Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.
Price: $15 for 12 oz. 4-pack
ABV: 5%

This premium cocktail company is female founded, owned and run. The drinks, which come in cans with beautiful labeling with colorful flowers, are made with real premium spirits (tequila, vodka, whiskey and gin). They are also vegan-friendly, gluten-free, are only 5% ABV and offer convenience as you simply pop the tab and pour into your glass.

There are eight variations, such as:
Vodka Fizz—vodka with pear and elderflower blossoms;
Citrus Margarita—blanco tequila and citrus spritz of lemon and lime;
– and Paloma—blanco tequila with natural essence of squeezed pink grapefruit.

They come in four-packs of 12-oz cans, allowing for two servings per can, making it great for sharing.

> For more information, visit the Two Chicks official website.