4 Refreshing Cans to Take on a Picnic

by The Tasting Alliance Team  |  06.24.2022

Summer is upon us! The sun is shining, birds are chirping, and everything is blossoming. It’s just about the perfect time to stuff your basket with snacks and refreshments, gather your family and friends, and go get that vitamin D. 

Convenience is key when heading outside. Fortunately, more and more producers offer pre-mixed drinks and exciting summer-worthy flavors in a can for your ultimate experience. So, we prepared a list of the best portable potables that will change your life from now on. Don’t thank us, just rush to the closest store to clear the shelves with these boozy summer babies.

Best OG: The Long Drink Traditional

Long Drink is a gin-based premixed cocktail that was created in Finland for the high-speed beverage serving during the 1952 Olympic Games. Since then, it has won many Americans’ hearts with its all-natural, gluten- and carb-free production. It’s scary how great it tastes, hitting the sweet spot right between citrus soda and flavored sparkling water, but with a 5.5% kick. Be careful though, it drinks so easily, you might forget there’s booze in it.

Learn more at thelongdrink.com

Best Lemonade: Loyal 9 Cocktails Lemonade

Thousands of lemons were harmed in the production of this non-carbonated citrus bomb. It also features corn-based vodka with no added gluten, conveniently canned for your enjoyment. Loyal 9 is refreshing and sophisticated, with a perfect balance of sweet and tart. It is completely amazing on its own, but feel free to mix Loyal 9 with fruit juices or sangria to kick it up a notch.

Learn more at loyal9cocktails.com

Best For A Break: Personal Day Lemon Vodka Hard Seltzer

The idea to create Personal Day appeared when liquor stores in Pittsburgh were closed due to quarantine. After winning a pile of awards for Maggie’s Farm Rum, Tim Russell ran leftover spirits through the distillery’s copper stills, managing to purify them into 94.5% vodka. Using a special filtration technique, he crafted a game-changing hard seltzer with natural lemon juice that now is bursting with bubbly zings of citrus in every can. Because we all need to take a personal day every now and then.

Learn more at personaldayhardseltzer.com

Best Tropical: Craftwell Pineapple Margarita

2 Towns Ciderhouse, the top-seller of cider from Oregon, expanded their borders and crafted a line of ready-to-drink apple-wine based cocktails. The Pineapple Margarita has higher alcohol and is made with local to Pacific Northwest area gold pineapples, key lime juice, and agave nectar. Craftwell line won prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition awards for its explosive, fruit-forward taste. This one packs a punch at 10.5%, so sip accordingly.

Learn more at craftwellcocktails.com