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Back in the day, we'd pop open a cooler at a party only to find beer, beer, and more beer. And if you weren't hopping on the beer bandwagon, your options were even slimmer. Sipping on neon-tinted wine coolers and sickly sweet Smirnoff Ices weren't exactly the upgrades we were hoping for—and they almost always led to nasty hangovers the next day.
Thankfully, save for parties on college campuses, those days are largely in the past. The ready-to-drink beverage industry is booming with new and exciting craft canned cocktails. We've come a long way from the sugar-spiked malt liquor in a can. Now you can find ready-to-drink cocktails made with premium spirits and fresh ingredients.
We've rounded up some of our favorite canned cocktails so you know what to look for next time you're at the liquor store. Want more beverage inspo? Check out our favorite canned wines, hard seltzers, and homemade cocktail recipes.
Tribini Double Espresso
Do you like sipping espresso martinis? Of course you do! And with Tribini's lineup of canned and caffeinated cocktails, you don't have to visit a trendy restaurant to get your fix. They also offer a martini spiked with cream liqueur and a hazelnut version, if you're into that kind of thing.
Country Luau Spirits Dirty Shirley
Did you know that the Dirty Shirley was apparently the unofficial drink of the summer last year? We didn't either, but we can't deny that we love the grown-up nostalgic vibes of this canned cocktail. It's made with real organic cherry juice too! All you need is a maraschino cherry to top it off.
Miami Cocktail Company Spritzers
If you're looking for the perfect canned cocktail to give you the summer feeling all year long, Miami Cocktail Company has got exactly what you need. Offered in five delicious flavors (Bellini, Mimosa, Paloma, Margarita, and Sangria), each of the organic spritzers has just 110 calories and offers up a 4.2 percent ABV.
Post Meridiem Cocktails
Post Meridiem makes a variety of award-winning canned cocktails, but we're big fans of the The Lemongrass Vodka Gimlet. Other flavors include The Double Old Fashioned, The Real Lime Juice Margarita, and The 1944 Mai Tai.
Bacardí Real Rum Cocktails
Mayne & Co. The Modern Mimosa
If you plan on indulging in any picnics this summer, you'll want to consider these canned mimosas. They're made with sustainably produced Italian wine and organic Californian orange juice. Better yet, you won't have to lug an entire bottle of champagne and orange juice around.
Jim Beam Canned Highballs
The bourbon you know and love is now available in canned cocktails, including a Ginger Highball and Classic Highball. The new releases come in at 5 percent ABV each and are available as a four-pack or as single 355ml slender cans at select retailers nationwide.
Onda Tequila Seltzer
Onda one-ups the standard hard seltzer with blanco tequila from Jalisco, Mexico. Each can contains five percent ABV, has zero sugars and carbs, and is only 100 calories. It scored four out of five in our celebrity canned cocktails taste test and we especially liked the lime flavor.
Party Can Triple Spice Margarita
This can holds 12 servings of margarita so you can bring the party with you. It's made with blue weber agave tequila, fresh lime juice, premium orange liqueur, and a bit of spice. It is also shelf-stable for months with a resealable lid, so the perfect marg is just a pour away.
Cocktail Squad Whiskey Sour
It's not every day you see whiskey drinks in the canned cocktail aisle. These drinks from Boulder, CO-based Cocktail Squad also come in Greyhound, Margarita, Gin & Tonic, Vodka Soda, and Bourbon Smash, and clock in around 10 percent ABV.
Joia Spirit Sparkling Cosmopolitan
Pabst Blue Ribbon Hard Coffee
Frat fave Pabst Blue Ribbon has a coffee infused with alcohol. Before you get it twisted, no, this is not a coffee-flavored beer. The drink is made with a "rich, creamy milk and vanilla flavor." Oh, and it's five percent ABV.
Loverboy White Tea Peach
Fans of Bravo's Summer House will know this canned hard iced tea drink created by stars Amanda Batula and Kyle Cook. It comes in sweet flavors like Lemon Iced Tea and Hibiscus Pom that don't contain any sugar and are only 90 calories.
Two Chicks Sparkling Paloma
This female-owned cocktail company is all about fragrant sparkling drinks. Made with natural botanical essences, Two Chicks is keeping things simple with an introductory line of three beverages, including Paloma (Tequila & Grapefruit), Vodka Fizz (Vodka, Pear & Elderflower), and Citrus Margarita (Tequila & Citrus).
Arnold Palmer Spiked Half & Half Ice Tea
Your fave lemonade-iced tea hybrid just got a whole lot boozier. It's got the same refreshing taste we all know and love, but packs a 5 percent ABV.
Ranch Rider Ranch Water
Consider these a skinny margarita in a can. Ranch Rider's Ranch Water is made with tequila, sparkling water, and real lime juice, though the drinks can also be found in Paloma, Chilton, and Jalapeño flavors.
You & Yours Distilling Co. Canned Cocktails
You & Yours canned cocktails come in a variety of flavors like Vodka Soda Cranberry, Blood Orange Gin & Tonic, Cucumber Mint Vodka Soda, and Vodka Mule. These delicious canned drinks are not only perfect for ocean or poolside lounging, but they're even more Instagrammable. Look how pretty the cans are!
Cutwater Gin & Tonic
Cape Line Variety Pack
OK, how do we decide between the Margarita, Blackberry Mojito, and Hard Strawberry Lemonade?
Mezzo Spritz Blood Orange
This Aperol spritz in a can (!) is only 80 calories. So yep, it's our new favorite summer sipper.
Fling Craft Cocktails Blood Orange Vodka Soda
Boulevard Brewing Company is experimenting—and succeeding— in the cocktail department. The brand's Fling Craft Cocktails are available in Margarita, Mai Tai, a Cucumber Lime Gin and Tonic, and Blood Orange Vodka Soda.
Ohza Classic Mimosa
The Ohza Mimosa is not just for brunch, but alllllll day sipping. Which we are very much into.
Spirited Hive Tequila Ginger
Based in Nashville, Spirited Hive crafts its cocktails with honey. This cocktail mixes tequila, ginger, lime, and organic wildflower honey, but there's other varieties too. The Gin features lemon, Bourbon Whiskey highlights rosemary and lemon, and Vodka includes cranberry and lime.
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