Summer’s Best Cocktails Come in a Can

Because the only time you should lift a finger is to pull the tab on a can.

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Henry Phillips

There’s something about summer’s heat-induced lethargy that encourages a slow, steady succession of drinks from lunch ‘til dinner. Beer, while favored for its no-fuss accessibility, becomes filling. Mixing cocktails is laborious; pouring vodka into a pitcher of lemonade, too uncouth. The solution: canned cocktails.

The new wave of conveniently portable (and easily concealed) libations marks a departure from the cloyingly sweet malt beverages of summers past, holding true to time-honored formulas like the Old Fashioned. Sip straight from the can or pour over ice and garnish appropriately, with ample sun and optional antics.

Cutwater Spirits Gin & Tonic

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Best for lawn games and late-afternoon rounds of golf. A fine gin and tonic sipped straight from the can, but it’s even better poured over ice and topped with a squeeze of lime (or cucumber slice, or red berries). Pair it with a game of cornhole while the grill heats up. And if a G&T isn’t your jam, Cutwater also makes cans of rum and coke, rum and ginger and Bloody Marys.

ABV: 6.2%
Dress It Up: Pour over ice and garnish with lime, cucumber or a sliced strawberry.

Buy Now: $15 for 4

Novo Fogo Caipirinha

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Best for beach days. Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha, is made with cachaça (a sugarcane-based spirit), sugar and lime. Novo Fogo’s canned riff is analogous to a mojito, mixed with soda for a more tolerable (though by no means insubstantial) ABV.

ABV: 11.1%
Dress It Up: Pour over ice and top with mint and an extra squeeze of lime.

Learn More: Here

Fishers Island Lemonade

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Best for boat rides (with someone else at the helm). An adaptation of the iconic Pequot Inn bar’s signature cocktail, Fishers Island is a blend of vodka, whiskey and lemonade. It’s by no measure a low-impact drink, but it’s absurdly quaffable.

ABV: 9%
Dress It Up: Cut it with a splash of club soda and top with a sprig of mint.

Buy Now: $16 for 4

Garden Party Botanicals’ Ruby

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Best for poolside sipping. While technically a malt beverage, Garden Party Botanicals’ soda fancies itself a cocktail. Taking a cue from herbal tisanes, Ruby is a ginger soda infused with hibiscus and pomegranate. It’s fruity but not overwhelmingly so — and not cloyingly sweet (as malt beverages tend to be), either.

ABV: 8%
Dress It Up: Add a splash of vodka for an unconventional take on a Moscow Mule.

Learn More: Here

Slow & Low Old Fashioned

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Best for landlocked lounging. Inspired by one of the oldest cocktails in the book, Slow & Low packs rye whiskey, raw honey from Pennsylvania, air-dried Florida oranges, Angostura-style bitters and a pinch of rock candy into a (literal) pocket-sized can. Sip it straight, or pour it over ice.

ABV: 42%
Dress It Up: Pour over ice and garnish with an orange twist

Buy Now: $4

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