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The best canned cocktails for your summer parties

Posted by Jaime Fowler on

Now that we have a little over a year of these reviews under our belt, I thought it was time to do a round-up of our favorite canned cocktail options just in time for those 4th of July parties. There are so many great options - and a few terrible ones - and it's getting harder and harder to pick when your at the store so I've created a little cheat sheet for you. Bring on the easy cocktailing!

Ready-to-drink cocktail cheat sheet:

Best bet when you have a lot
of people to please:
Cutwater Spirits

Cutwater Spirits canned cocktails

I love this line of ready-to-drink cocktails because not only are they super easy to find AND they have a ton of options, they are also just dang good cocktails. You can pick up several different four packs and be sure that everyone will find a cocktail they love. The surprise hit for us is their Grapefruit Vodka Soda. I'm not generally a vodka soda kinda girl and I really don't love grapefruit but this canned cocktails surprised the heck out of me.

Best bet when you want a craft cocktail
your friends will believed you
mixed yourself: TIED 

Austin Cocktails Bergamot Orange Margarita
Crafthouse Cocktails Moscow Mule

    Both of these bottled cocktails are bringing their mixology A game and I couldn't bring myself to pick. You can pour these cocktails right into your cocktail glasses, add a garnish, and relish in all the bartending glory that is sure to come your way.

    Austin Cocktails Bergamot Orange Margarita Austin Cocktails pre-made margarita

    The Austin Cocktails marg is unexpected with its use of oranges rather than just lime juice and the result is a cocktail that will easily trick you into thinking it came from a swanky, hipster bar. So. Good. They have several other bottled cocktails in their line and I can't wait to try them all. 

    Crafthouse Cocktails Moscow MuleCrafthouse Cocktails Moscow Mule

    The Crafthouse Cocktail mule is the best ready-to-drink moscow mule I've tried to date. I served this one to my girl friends and no one could believe it came premade. 

    Best bet when you are obsessed
    with iced coffee in the summer:
    Spiked Cold Brew

    Spiked Cold Brew coffee canned cocktails

    I'm sure I'm not the only person who has had the internal debate about "which do I need more? A coffee or a cocktail?" Or maybe you partied a little too much last night but you have another gathering to attend today. I can attest that these little coffee numbers serve as hair-of-the-dog and a caffeine kick. But they are also just a super delicious cocktail for any time of day and they can be enjoyed at room temp or poured over ice for a true iced coffee experience. I highly recommend tossing a few of these in your cooler the next time you do a little day drinking.

    Honorable mention:

    These our some of our very favorite ready-to-drink cocktail mixed buuuut they are a little harder to find.

    If you see these in the store, don't hesitate - just buy them!! 

    The Long Drink
    34 North Cocktail Co Barrel Thief
    10 Torr Lavender Lemonade


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