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Canned cocktail review: The Long Drink's new Strong & Cranberry

Canned cocktail review of The Long Drink in Strong & Cranberry

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A little over a year ago I was introduced to the amazingness that is the long drink, also known as the official cocktail of Finland, also known as a cocktail invented for Olympic tourists. And lucky for us Americans, a few cool guys decided to share this cocktail gift with us in the form of a canned cocktail. This refreshing gin cocktail is definitely a category of it's own and something every cocktail lover should try. You can read my original review of the OG Long Drink here

Now my Finnish BFFs are back with two new versions - a Strong which has more booze and a cranberry version. And if all of this wasn't sounding intriguing enough, check them out on Instagram for their "pants drunk" tradition that will help you survive this era of social distancing and drinking at home.

 

 Naturally, I tried both of the new Long Drink cocktails for this week while "pantsdrunk" 😜


The Long Drink Strong:

Overall score:

5 out of 5
Sweetness: 
One shaker = not sweet at all // Five shakers = your teeth may curl
2 out of 5
Booziness: 8.5% ABV
One shaker = does this have booze? Five shakers = Four Lokos 4 out of 5 cocktail shakers 
4 out of 5
 

My favorite thing about The Long Drink is how refreshing it is. This cocktail is basically the world's best combination of gin and a high quality citrus soda. Real soda - not that hard seltzer crap. My favorite thing about their new Strong version is that it has all of my favorite things about the OG Long Drink but with more booze. The original version has 5.5% ABV so it holds it's own, but this new version is exactly what it's name says - it's stronger at 8.5% ABV. Which I think is wholly appropriate given the current state of the world. I may or may not be drinking one for breakfast right now as I type this. (I'm not really. I'm not nearly that much of a bad ass. But you totally could because it's such a refreshing beverage.)


The Long Drink Cranberry:

Overall score:

5 out of 5
Sweetness:  
One shaker = not sweet at all // Five shakers = your teeth may curl
2 out of 5
Booziness:  5.5% ABV
One shaker = does this have booze? Five shakers = Four Lokos 4 out of 5 cocktail shakers 
3 out of 5

Okay, so I was super excited to try this one! You may have seen me drinking one while video happy hour-ing with my girls on Instagram. This version of The Long Drink trades the citrus soda for cranberry soda it it is sooooooo good. Again, I really enjoy the bubbles and flavor that come from The Long Drink cocktails being made with actual soda and this cranberry one is perfection. 

Don't worry if cranberry juice isn't your favorite - like in the cheap cocktails you get at open bars that are 99% bargain basement cranberry juice and 1% cheap vodka - this is NOTHING like that. The cranberry soda is more refreshing than anything else. It does have a cranberry flavor but it is really subtle. I think if the can didn't say it was cranberry I wouldn't necessarily name that as the fruit flavor I was tasting. I'm also not a flavor expert who can identify notes of organic grass - eye roll. The flavor is definitely berry and definitely awesome. Let's leave it at that. Actually, you should go try this cocktail right now and let me know in the comments what you think.


 
Would I buy these again?

Hell to the yes! All of The Long Drinks are staples in my cocktail bar. Anytime I have the girls over, this canned cocktail is one of the first drinks I offer them. I almost don't want to share the new cranberry Long Drink with them . . . but I will. When I get to see them again in a hundred years. What a wild ride 2020 has been so far!

Do yourself a favor and check this link to see where you can get The Long Drink in your area: https://thelongdrink.com/wheretogetit/

The Long Drink is also available for delivery from Drizly in certain areas and I've been able to order it from bars recently which is like running into a long lost friend in a foreign city. Long live The Long Drink!

Have you tried any of The Long Drink canned cocktails? What did you think? I'd love to hear from you in the comments section. The more opinions the better! Let's "drink together" and share our cocktail stories. 

 

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