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Staff-Approved Canned Cocktails To Try This Weekend

Whether you're a margarita maven or spritz savant, we sought out the more portable version of your favorite sips for all the end of summer beaching, boating, and toting. From sparkling tequilas to low-and-no-ABV favorites, take a scroll through the canned cocktails our staff has been cracking all season long.

Canned Twists on Your Favorite Cocktail Order

1220 Artisan Spirits Paloma

Artisan Spirits Paloma

"A Paloma is one of my favorite summer drinks, and this canned version from 1220 Spirits is no exception. It's easy drinking, refreshing (thanks in part to a hand-crafted grapefruit soda on the ingredients list), and has an ABV of 6.5% making it not too boozy for a summer Friday afternoon."

-Hannah Baker, Home Editor

6 O'Clock Gin's Gin & Tonic

6 O'Clock Gin Canned Cocktail
Credit: Matt Tucker

"Remembering pre-mixed bottled cocktails of the past, I feared this could be a disaster, but after sipping 6 O'Clock Gin's canned gin and tonic, nothing could be further from the truth. Refreshing and floral, the flavor is on point as a proper crisp London dry gin and has a pleasantly bitter finish. My first one was delicious right out of the can; but when I poured my second in a glass over ice with lime the cocktail really shone.  On the milder side with a 7% ABV their name suggests the perfect time to enjoy: after work and preferably outdoors on a sunshiny day." ($49 for a 12-pack)

-Tara Cox, Executive Managing Editor

Post Meridiem Spirits

Post Meridiem Canned Cocktails

"Good things come in small packages. Not only are these tiny cans cute, but feature delicious classic cocktails like a Mai Tai or an Old Fashioned. Plus, Post Meridiem Spirits uses all-natural ingredients-and you can taste the difference!" ($4 each, or $48 for a 12-pack)

-Phoebe Flynn Rich, Creative Director

Spa Girl Canned Cocktails

Spa Girl Canned Cocktails

"For a ready-to-drink cocktail that packs a punch (11.5% ABV), I love Spa Girl's vodka canned cocktails. They're low in calories and delish served over ice or added to sparkling water.  My fave flavors are definitely the pear and sparkling strawberry: they actually taste like fruit and aren't super-sweet!" ($49 for a 12-pack)

-Hannah Baker, Home Editor

Drake's Organic

Drake's Organic Boxtail
Drake's Organic

"These "boxtails" from Drake's Organic are perfect to take on any trip- from sipping on a day at the beach to dressing up a night of camping. They come in a wide variety of classic and fun flavors (like Watermelon-Tini, Black Cherry Limeade, and Mango Vodka Punch), all boxed up and ready to go. Bonus- they're made with organic ingredients, and a portion of sales go towards environmental initiatives." ($20 for a box)

-Phoebe Flynn Rich, Creative Director

The Finnish Long Drink

The Finnish Long Drink

"Full disclosure, The Long Drink came on my radar after learning it's actor Miles Teller's drink of choice. Turns out these cans have a pretty cool history, to boot. A crisp, lightweight beverage commissioned by the Finnish government to please crowds during the Summer Olympics in the fifties, the fizzy gin and citrus soda is a Euro-classic. And at 5.5% ABV, it's a light choice for daytime sipping. The Finns were onto something-my friends have been nabbing these from my beach bag all summer!" ($12 for a 6-pack)

-Claire Brito, Editorial Assistant

Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock and Rye

Slow and Low

"In the late 1800s, whiskey wasn't aged making it a bit rough to get down, Bartenders started serving it with rock candy syrup to soften the edges, and the Rock and Rye drink was born (it was even sold at pharmacies as a cure for certain ailments, including a "hard time.") Hochstadter's has been in the game since 1884, so their canned Slow & Low Rock and Rye is old fashioned in every sense of the word– except its vessel.  Made with straight rye whiskey, rock candy, angostura bitters and orange peel; this tiny, badass looking can packs a punch at 42% ABV/82 proof. It's a delicious and serious cocktail, perfect for late night gathering around a campfire." (Prices vary, shop here.)

-Tara Cox, Executive Managing Editor

Bring On The Margaritas

sipMARGS Sparkling Mezcal Margaritas

sipMARGS Mezcal Margarita

"Do you like smoky things? Do you know someone who does? These are it for you (or them). With what mezcal lovers will recognize as high-quality spirit, plus seltzer and juice, sipMARGS bills these slim cans as "not another zero-carb, zero-flavor hard seltzer." Fighting words! But I agree. Why drink something that's nothing? Life's too short. Have a margarita! And if you're into mezcal, have this one." ($12 for a 4-pack)

-Lauren Iannotti, Editor In Chief

Tequila Cazadores Spicy Margarita

Cazadores Spicy Margarita
Cazadores Spicy Margarita

"Ever been in the mood for a margarita but feel too lazy to actually want to make it, or is that just me?  These spicy canned margs require no stirring or shaking and don't taste like the awful mix you used to drink in college.  They're light with just a little kick of spice, and a perfect companion to a hot day at the beach." ($15 for a 4-pack)

-Hannah Baker, Home Editor

Cutwater Strawberry Margarita

Cutwater Spirits Strawberry Margarita
Cutwater Spirits Strawberry Margarita

"I love a fruity margarita. But I'd rather socialize at the block party than tote batch after batch out to my neighbors, much as I love them. (Which I do. They're awesome!) These do the trick—tasty, with a pretty big hit of tequila (they're 10 percent alcohol—heads up!) they have what you want from a 'rita, minus the work." ($14 for a 4-pack)

-Lauren Iannotti, Editor In Chief

Seltzers and Sparkling Sips

Owl's Brew Boozy Tea

Owl's Brew Boozy Tea

"Owl's Brew hard tea seltzer has become my new favorite summer sipper.  Made with fresh brewed tea and real ingredients like actual fruit juices and sugar, this gluten-free and vegan hard seltzer tastes light and fresh-made, unlike those other syrupy "tea" beverages. It's fizzy and easy to drink; I love how the authentic tea flavor shines through, and the low ABV (4.8%) ensures a lightweight like me can imbibe during an afternoon in the sun without needing a deep nap right after. I enjoyed all the flavors, but the Darjeeling with hibiscus flowers and the matcha with pineapple and chamomile were standouts for me." ($19 for a 6-pack. Find a store near you here.)

-Tara Cox, Executive Managing Editor

Mighty Kind Cannabis Heady Lemon Seltzer

Mighty Kind

"Ok these aren't technically cocktails, but they are technically delicious, and relaxing. If you've tried CBD seltzers you know they're often bitter or taste…off. This one's doses are micronized (aka super-mini), so there's no medicinal flavor. Just a tasty citrus seltzer—unsweetened, gluten-free, vegan, from all natural botanicals—that gives you a little chill as you sip, and no hangover after." ($45 for a $12-pack)

-Lauren Iannotti, Editor In Chief

AMASS Hard Seltzer

AMASS Hard Seltzer
Credit: Michael Spencer

"The minimalist matte design makes these look like they could hang backstage at a Kanye concert or fit right in at a spa retreat. Vanity aside, the three botanical flavors follow through with impressive complexity, crafted with super-powered, adaptogenic herbs like Holy Basil and turmeric that make them feel like the brainchild of a master mixologist. Grab 'em if you're looking for a more culinary, sophisticated cocktail in effervescent seltzer form." ($55 for a 12-pack)

-Claire Brito, Editorial Assistant

Elenita Sparkling Mezcal

Elenita

"I would have never believed you could capture the smokiness of mezcal in a can before trying Elenita— the Passionfruit Paloma flavor is an excellent twist on the classic cocktail, while also bringing the refreshing bubbliness of a hard seltzer. At 5% ABV per can, it's perfect for a park hang, or casual lunch with friends!" ($20 for an 8-pack)

-Alexandra Wozniczka, Designer

Onda Sparkling Tequila

Onda Canned Cocktail

"The creative director in me cannot refuse these gorgeous brightly-colored cans, and since they're only 100 calories and offer 4 sparkling citrus and tequila combinations, Onda makes summer drinking easy." ($65 for a 24-pack)

-Phoebe Flynn Rich, Creative Director

Mermosa Bubbles

Mermosa

"This sparkling white wine (supplemented by an unexpected splash of pineapple and orange juice) is the perfect light and refreshing beverage for a hot summer's day— and I love that I can sip something bubbly on a whim without the burden of a whole bottle going flat. Bring these on your next beach trip for the ultimate mermaid experience, but be careful— at 8% ABV per can, they're not exactly drinks for lightweights!" ($39 for a 6-pack)

-Alexandra Wozniczka, Designer

Novo Fogo

Novo Fogo Canned Cocktails

"I'm not a fan of overly sweet cocktails, so Novo Fogo does the job! The canned caipirinha (a classic Brazilian drink made with cachaça) tasted exactly like it should if it was crafted from scratch-just pour over ice and add a lime wedge! For an added flavor boost, try the passion fruit or mango." ($15 for a 4-pack)

-Melissa Knific, Food Director

Non-Alcoholic Favorites

Lyre's G&T Ready to Drink

"Lyre's makes the prettiest non-alcoholic versions of classic spirits that won't steal any sparkle from your bar cart lineup. The Premix Range includes a classic G&T, Amalfi Spritz, and Classico libations, which can be shaken into your favorite glassware or enjoyed straight from the can. These are a go-to when I want to go the alcohol-free route, but still have it feel like a fancy Friday. No sacrifice, and no hangover." ($85 for a case of 24)

-Claire Brito, Editorial Assistant

DayPack

DayPack Seltzer

"Imagine a fruity seltzer combined with a crisp, light beer, and you've got yourself DayPack. The hopped seltzers taste like a combo of these warm-weather favs, plus they're booze-free, so you can drink them any time of the day, any day of the week. My personal pick is the black cherry, but they're also available in blood orange, mango, and lemon lime." ($10 for a six-pack)

-Melissa Knific, Food Director

Sovi Wine Co. Sparkling Rosé

Sovi Wine Co.

"Winemaking without the alcohol is an ambitious undertaking. Sovi does it right: using vacuum distillation process to heat wine (from a family-owned winery in Clarksburg, California) and gently boil off the booze, leaving the finished product with 0.5% ABV. There really are only 2 ingredients: sparkling dealcoholized rosé and grape juice. I've poured it right into a wine glass, or cut it with some seltzer for a late afternoon spritz. The recyclable packaging and single-serving size make these a great alternative for the times you're not popping a whole bottle of bubbly, for whatever reason." ($24 for a 4-pack)

-Claire Brito, Editorial Assistant

Hella Cocktail Co.

Hella Cocktail Co

"One of my go-to summer refreshers is a giant glass of seltzer with a generous amount of bitters. Thanks to Hella Cocktail Co., all I have to do is pop open a can! With the variety packs, you can go the unsweetened route (grapefruit, ginger turmeric, lemon lime) one day, and the next, opt for a sweeter sipper (the Spritz Aromatic) that tastes almost identical to an Aperol spritz." ($36 for a 12-pack)

-Melissa Knific, Food Director

Curious Elixirs

Curious Elixers

"Technically, Curious Elixirs don't come in a can (they're bottled), but they're some of the best pre-made non-alcoholic cocktails I've ever tasted and totally worth mentioning (and buying)! The elixirs are carefully crafted to taste like familiar boozy cocktails (think Negroni, Dark & Stormy, and Old Fashioned), but carry the tagline "Shaken, not slurred." Each bottle comes with a simple serving instruction (ice, garnishes, etc.) to make it feel like you're a master mixologist." ($35 for four bottles, which makes 8 cocktails)

-Melissa Knific, Food Director