best canned cocktails for summer 2019 (Cutwater Spirits)
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From bloody marys to gin and tonics, spiked Arnold Palmers and more, these are the best canned cocktails to take to the beach, picnic or any other place summer 2019 leads you. 

While hitting your favorite watering hole may always be on the agenda, spending as much time in the fleeting summer sun is too. But what’s an adult-beverage lover to do when the craving for something more complex than beer or canned wine hits? Mixed drinks were once relegated to lounges, restaurants or your home bar but these days you can have cocktails anywhere without dragging your collection of spirits to the beach, park, or pool. Canned cocktails are here and ready to help you live your best summer life.

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But with a limited amount of room in the cooler and so many great canned cocktails now in the market which should you bring along? We narrowed a long list down to just a handful of the best-tasting canned cocktails on the market right now, with a little something for everyone.

Cutwater Spirits


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Summer ready.

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Cutwater Spirits is making sure that no one is missing out on the cocktail game this summer. The brand is pumping out an array of canned cocktails, including a Tequila Margarita, Gin and Tonic, and a variety of rum and vodka sippers. But don’t skip the brand’s Bloody Mary canned cocktail, which is made with Fugu Vodka, ripe tomatoes, exotic spices, and pepper. Also notable, Cutwater’s Grapefruit Tequila Paloma. Both may be acceptable to open before noon.

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Goslings Dark ‘n Stormy®


Now available in a four-pack, the combination of Goslings Black Seal Rum and ginger beer is ready to go wherever you go—to the beach, on a boat, or even cliff diving (with caution, obviously). The canned cocktail is 9 percent alcohol by volume, and the rum’s vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch tasting notes compliment the spicy and effervescent ginger beer perfectly.

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Hochstadter’s Slow & Low


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For those who are into brown liquors, there is a cocktail in a can for you, too. Made with local raw honey and navel oranges, this rye whiskey is finished with a hint of Angostura bitters and even some rock candy, hence the name—Slow & Low Rock And Rye. Drink from the can or use as a mixer for a unique take on a Negroni or another more complex cocktail.

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Malibu Fizzy Pink Lemonade

Malibu Fizzy Pink Lemoande

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While Malibu has been canning its piña colada for a few years, it recently introduced its Fizzy Pink Lemonade. Light, sweet, and made from a combination of rum, coconut, and pink lemonade, the drink can be sipped right from the can for a taste of the tropics wherever you may be.

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Novo Fogo Caipirinha


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Novo Fogo’s canned sparkling caipirinha may be a staple already (it’s been on the market since 2017); it’s one that is definitely worth keeping in your cooler this year. Made with fresh lime juice, sugar, and Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça, the sparkling drink can be sipped straight from a chilled can or in a glass over ice.

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Nooku Bourbon Cream

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A great addition to anything from hot chocolate to mudslides, Nooku is now canning its bourbon cream. Made with a combination of real dairy cream and aged bourbon and charged with vanilla and toffee tasting notes, the new canned version is great to sip slowly while watching the sun go down, or mix with coffee—hot or iced.


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Saugatuck Brewing Blueberry Shandy


With a combination of beer and lemonade that’s been taken up a notch with fresh blueberries, Saugatuck, Michigan-based Saugatuck Brewing has basically captured the taste of summer in a can with its Blueberry Lemonade Shandy. Whether you’re drinking it on the beach, at a barbecue, or with a summer meal on a picnic blanket, the combination of sweet and tart will have your taste buds begging for more.

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Southern Tier Canned Cocktails


This New York-based brewery is taking its canning know-how and imparting it on a line of cocktails. With a Bourbon Smash, Gin and Tonic, and Vodka Madras coming from the brand, the canned goods represent Southern Tier’s own twist on classic beverages. And, if that’s not enough to make your mouth water, the company uses its own award-winning spirits in each one.

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Virtue Cider Mezzo Spritz


No matter what some people say, the Aperol Spritz will continue to be a classic cocktail. Well, now Virtue Cider is putting its own spin on it with the release of its new Mezzo Spritz. Made with cider, sparkling water, and botanicals, it is basically like drinking a modern Aperol. Its low ABV makes it a great daytime sipper while its retro-styled canned nature makes it ready to go where you go.

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Wandering Whistler Tea Cocktails


Tea cocktails have been having a moment—either combined with wine or spirits—and Wandering Whistler has taken full advantage of the demand. With a variety of spiked brewed teas, including Jasmine and Chai, the company’s Earl Grey + Elderflower combination is unique, complex, and layered. It will be tough to believe it came out of a can.

Spiked Arnold Palmer

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There are few better combinations than iced tea and lemonade but one thing we could think of to make the classic Arnold Palmer better is a little booze. Sometimes dubbed the “John Daly” (another golfer known for his blacouts as much as his backswing) these spiked versions in cans are great for after (or during) any summer round of 18 holes.

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