The canned cocktail is a vastly underrated drink. Requiring zero effort or fancy bar gear, canned drinks can taste just as delicious as their freshly made counterparts—plus, they’re inconspicuous, making them ideal for beach drinking. While we’ve begun to embrace the can for craft beer and even wine, people still think of artificially flavored booze-water like Bud Light Lime-A-Ritas as the main genre of canned cocktail. But thanks to a new generation of craft distilleries that are starting to put their own spin on cocktails using artisan ingredients and small-batch booze, canned cocktails are perfect for your summer drinking needs. Pick up one (or six) of these aluminum beauties and make your warm-weather drinking plans easier and tastier.
If you want to enjoy the simple pleasures of a cold, spiked lemonade, there’s never a need to subject yourself to Mike’s Hard. Fishers Island Lemonade, a can of whisky- and vodka-spiked lemonade sweetened with honey, is the “crème de la crème” of this premixed summertime standard. Besides coming in a beautifully retro-looking can, this cocktail is straight-up classic—the recipe comes from Fishers Island’s sole bar at the Pequot Inn, where they’ve been serving this lemonade for 100 years.
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Started by the beer wizards behind San Diego brewery Ballast Point, Cutwater Spirits makes high-quality, craft spirits for simple canned cocktails. Their line of cans range from a spicy ginger-beer and rum to a gin and tonic infused with crisp cucumber and grapefruit. Looking for something for the perfect brunch sip? Their Bloody Mary made with Fugu vodka will have you cursing all the times you settled for a watery, tomato sodium-bomb instead.