While canned cocktails have been coming on strong for a few years now, 2020 is really this format’s time to shine. Whether you’re pouring yourself a stiff drink after a long day of Zoom, negotiating the new rules at the grocery store, or enjoying a socially distanced BYO outdoor party, the simplicity of a can is ideal. I still love all the drinks in last year’s can collection, but here are some new, or new-to-me anyway, ones to try.
Rosé Water: This simple mix of Alpine sparkling water and Loire rosé wine (a blend of Pinot Noir, Gamay, and Cabernet Franc) is just like what I’d make at home — no added colors. No “natural” flavors. Just light and refreshing in a nice 250 ml. package at 4.9% alcohol. As a bonus, 5 percent of all Rosé Water profits are donated to support clean water through Cape Fear River Watch. Available nationwide, a six pack of 8.5 oz. cans is $13.99 to $16.99 MSRP.
Flying Embers Hard Kombucha: Hard Kombucha started gaining ground this year. I love kombucha- especially anything Urban Farm Fermentory in Portland, Maine, rolls out. But there’s no refilling growlers these days and coronavirus restrictions have taken road trips off the table. Many others are too sweet, too sour or just not to my taste. But I really like Flying Embers Grapefruit Thyme—it’s a little bitter, refreshing and grapefruity. I can pretend I’m drinking something vaguely healthy at cocktail hour. Available with direct to consumer delivery in certain states, and two-hour delivery in New York City and Los Angeles. $29.99 for a 12-pack plus delivery.
Fabrizia Spirits, the small family-owned limoncello producer, recently added Fabrizia Italian Breeze to its line of canned cocktails. It’s made with freshly squeezed Sicilian lemons, their award-winning limoncello, premium vodka, and cranberry and raspberry juices—no “natural flavors” or colors. It joins Fabrizia Italian Style Lemonade and canned Fabrizia Italian Margarita, made with tequila and limoncello (still my favorite).
Bravazzi Hard Italian Soda: When I was a kid, I loved Sunkist orange soda (and Welch’s grape, but that’s a different post). This Blood Orange soda reminds me of that, in a good way. Likely not as sweet (though I haven’t had Sunkist in a long time) with this bright unreal orangey flavor and a slight undertone of bitterness. It says its brewed with cane sugar and real fruit juice, but I haven’t seen an ingredient list… Wish the cans were smaller, because a whole one makes my tongue feel funny… just like Sunkist. Over ice on a hot day seems about right.
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