#9 tastes like just like a pina colada.
There's no doubt about it: Hard seltzers are having a moment. Though they first hit shelves years ago, these spiked seltzers have skyrocketed in popularity. (Fun fact: more cans of alcoholic seltzer were sold this past 4th of July weekend than bottles of craft beer and canned wine!) It's no surprise given how most brands are lower in sugar and calories, gluten-free, portable, refreshing, and available in a wide range of flavors. But, they are so much more than a warm weather drink. Pack a few cases in the cooler for fall football tailgates, stock up for the Super Bowl, or bring 'em along to a bachelorette party. Ranging from 80 to 120 calories a pop, they're a lighter option during the holidays — and a guilt-free way to break from your Dry January plans. Plus most of them are clear, meaning it's not the end of the world if you spill a little on your clothes, making it an ideal boozy beverage for bridal parties getting ready for a wedding.
No matter the occasion, it's important that you pick the best brand of hard seltzer on the market. We cracked open 45 cans of alcoholic seltzer to find the tastiest, most refreshing flavors (it's a tough job, we know!). Here's how our taste test went: Everyone knew which flavor they were sipping on (i.e. grapefruit, lemon-lime, berry), but the specific brands were kept a secret. Tasters commented on the flavor, bubbles, and overall experience of each drink, then chose a favorite from each category. But first, we stashed all the Truly Spiked & Sparkling, White Claw, Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer, Smirnoff Sparkling Seltzer, and Henry's Hard Sparkling Water in the fridge for a few hours at least — because no one wants to sip on a lukewarm boozy beverage. The next time we organize an alcoholic seltzer taste test, we'll head to the beach (or find a tailgate) — who's in?
These are the best hard alcoholic seltzers you can buy in 2019: