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The 25 Best Canned Cocktails to Drink in 2021

All of your favorite cocktails pre-mixed in a convenient can.

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Canned cocktails are huge right now. The IWSR, which analyzes the alcoholic beverage market, clocked growth in the ready-to-drink sector at 43 percent in 2020. And it's not hard to see why canned cocktails are having such a moment. When the pandemic shut nearly everything down, people were unable to head out to their favorite cocktail bars, and mixing a drink at home requires a crap-ton of ingredients that some may not be willing to make room on their bar cart for. Pre-mixed cocktails in convenient cans provided an answer to the cocktail draught, and frankly, they can be really delicious.

It's nearly impossible to find a cocktail that isn't available in a can. A perfectly sour whiskey sour? It exists. A well-made margarita? Yes, those exist, but you'll have to provide the salt-rimmed glass yourself. Then there's a variety of spritzes and highballs that — while easy to make on your own — are just so much better when drunk from a can. The beverage aisle is overflowing right now with really good canned cocktails, but these 25 should be in your fridge right now.

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Kiuchi Hitachino Highball
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You might recognize the owl-adorned cans of Kiuchi's Hitachino Nest beer, a staple across Japan and easily found in Japanese grocery stores and restaurants in America. In 2016, the brewery started distilling whiskey, except the first product in launched in 2019 was not a bottle of brown but a whiskey-based beverage, the Hitachino Highball. Japanese people love their whiskey highballs, and this canned version doesn't eschew quality for convenience. The whisky used is aged three years in sherry and wine barrels, and the bold flavors are smoothed out by pure Hitachino water.

ABV: 9%

Price Per Can: $8

Dashfire Pomegranate El Presidente
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If you don't want to mix a cocktail bar-quality drink on your own, check out Dashfire, which packs full-proof cocktails into easy-to-carry cans. Its El Presidente takes the classic rum-based Cuban cocktail and mixes it with house-made grenadine, pomegranate juice and cane sugar.

ABV: 38%

Price Per Can: $6

Cutwater Tiki Rum Mai Tai
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The more ingredients a cocktail has, the more convenient these little canned cocktails become. Cutwater's Mai Tai combines the distillery's Barrel Aged Rum and Bali Hai Tiki Gold Rum with pineapple and coconut flavors as a well citrus mix. The can clocks in at 12.5 percent ABV so before you know it, you'll be feeling like you're chilling on a tropical retreat.

ABV: 12.5%

Price Per Can: $4

Dante x F!ve Drinks Co. Americano 2.0
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Dante, ranked the world's second-best bar, is known for bringing a nostalgic piece of Italy to New York. And the folks behind the bar make a mean cocktail. The bar worked with the canned cocktail brand F!ve Drinks Co. to bring its Americano (the cocktail, not the coffee drink) to the masses. It's bitter and sweet thanks to a blend of amaro, vermouth and bitters with a splash of soda water to help things go down smoothly.

ABV: 9.5%

Price Per Can: $4

Rogue Spirits Cranberry Elderflower Vodka Soda
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Rogue is sort of a jack of all trades. The Oregon-based ale and spirit producer makes beer, CBD-spiked seltzers, spirits and canned cocktails. The producer's Cranberry Elderflower Vodka Soda is a refreshing, and far superior, version of a vodka cranberry — and it's definitely because Rogue is using its own vodka and real cranberries, elderflower and lime instead of a cranberry juice cocktail.

ABV: 7.5%

Price Per Can: $4

The Finnish Long Drink
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In Finland, long drinks are called lonkero, and they were invented in the 1952 as a way to get tourists buzzed (but not blasted) during the Summer Olympic Games in Helsinki. With a gin base and citrus-forward flavor, the Long Drink is a crisp and thirst-quenching brew that rivals your favorite hard seltzer.

ABV: 5.5%

Price Per Can: $3

Dogfish Head Cherry Bergamot Whiskey Sour
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Famed craft brewery Dogfish Head has quietly been making spirits for years, and it wasn't until 2021 that it turned its spirits into delicious canned cocktails. Its whiskey sour is made with tart cherries and bergamot, then mixed with the distillery's house-made sour mix. 

ABV: 7%

Price Per Can: $4

Lo-Fi Grapefruit Hibiscus Spritz
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California-born Lo-Fi makes exceptional aperitifs, and the go-to move for aperitifs is to make it a spritzer. The brand's Grapefruit Hibiscus Spritz does the mixing for you, resulting in a refreshing drink that tastes fruity, sweet and herbaceous.

ABV: 8%

Price Per Can: $4

Post Meridiem Daiquiri
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This is just a classic daiquiri that's been pre-mixed and canned by the Georgia-based canned cocktail brand Post Meridiem. Its daiquiri is a blend of white rums, Italian maraschino liqueur, lime juice and cane sugar syrup. Pour it into a cocktail glass and pass it off as your own ingenious concoction — no one would know.

ABV: 27%

Price Per Can: $4

Fishers Island Lemonade
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This is not the lemonade you get from a child's lemonade stand. Clocking in at a whopping 9-percent ABV, Fishers Island Lemonade is made with a base of both vodka and whiskey and tastes like your childhood but drunk. The brand's CEO, Bronya Shillo, got the recipe for the drink from her family's bar, The Pequot Inn, which is located on Fishers Island, New York.

ABV: 9%

Price Per Can: $4

Miami Cocktail Co. Mimosa Spritz
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It's not hard to make a mimosa, so the key to making a really good one is by focusing on high-quality ingredients. Miami Cocktail Co's Mimosa Spritz uses a base alcohol of rosé wine paired with organic mandarin, orange and tangerine juices.

ABV: 4.2%

Price Per Can: $4

Drifter Cocktail Co. Passion Fruit Caipirinha
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Drifter Cocktail Co. gives top bartenders a chance to can their creations and share it with the world. Mariena Mercer Boarini, mixologist at the Wynn Las Vegas, utilizes the Brazilian spirit Cachaça in her creation, the Passion Fruit Caipirinha, which combines the funk of fermented sugarcane with lime and passion fruit juices, as well as vanilla, cardamom and lemongrass. 

ABV: 7%

Price Per Can: $5

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Nude Hard Iced Tea
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Nude is canned boozy beverage brand that prides itself on being free of sugar, sweeteners and carbs. The brand's Hard Iced Tea is exactly as it sounds, an iced tea with booze. Its variety pack comes in lemon, peach and raspberry — sort of like your favorite bottled non-alcoholic iced teas.

ABV: 5%

Price Per Can: $2

Social Hour Cocktails Gin & Tonic
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Few cocktails are easier to make than a gin and tonic. So if you're going to buy a canned G&T, it better be perfect. Social Hour made its version of the classic gin cocktail by using the ideal three-to-one ratio of tonic to gin. And unlike some other canned cocktail brands that don't disclose where they get their spirits from, Social Hour uses Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin, a high-ABV gin that retains its flavors even after being mixed.

ABV: 11.5%

Price Per Can: $5

St. Agrestis Spritz
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The Brooklyn-based St. Agrestis focuses primarily on old-school Italian aperitivi and digestivi. Its canned spritz is a combination of the unreleased Paradiso Aperitivo with sparkling Italian wine and sparkling water. Clocking in at just over six ounces, the spritz packs a boozy punch with a bitter citrus flavor and slightly herbal finish.

ABV: 12%

Price Per Can: $5

Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock and Rye
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Slow & Low is an old fashioned that isn't so old fashioned. It uses Hochstadter's Slow & Low rye whiskey, raw honey from Pennsylvania and air-dried Florida navel oranges. And because it is an old fashioned, there are, of course, Angostura bitters and some rock candy. Drink it straight from the can, or pour it over ice for a drink you'd expect to pay $15 for at a craft cocktail bar.

ABV: 42%

Price Per Can: $6

LiveWire Rocket Queen
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Los Angeles-based bartender Aaron Polsky founded LiveWire as a canned cocktail brand that would work with popular bartenders to create ready-to-drink cocktails that rock (Polsky is a huge rock-and-roll fan). Erin Hayes, the former bar manager of Chicago's Lost Lake, crafted Rocket Queen with a base of Magdalena rum with red pomelo, cinnamon, pandan and absinthe.

ABV: 7.5%

Price Per Can: $5

Elenita Mezcal Cucumber Lime Basil
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Combine mezcal, sparkling water and fruit juices, and you get Elenita, the kind of drink you get when you want something fresh and tasty. It has just a slight smokiness, thanks to the mezcal, that complements the cooling cucumber, lime and basil flavors.

ABV: 5%

Price Per Can: $3

Vervet Sundowner
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Vervet is making a name for itself in the canned cocktail space because it makes literally everything from scratch. The amaro, bitters, spirits — it's all made in-house. Vervet describes this as a "boozy strawberry soda," and that's as accurate as it gets. It's made with cold-pressed Oxnard strawberry juice, champagne vinegar, rhubarb-oak bitters and amaro. This is something you'll enjoy from sunup to sundown.

ABV: 8%

Price Per Can: $6

Troop Bourbon Smash
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Troop's Bourbon Smash is an homage to mint juleps and the indulgence of smashing the cocktail at the Kentucky Derby. Bourbon Smash tastes like minty sweet bourbon with a hint of black tea bitterness. It's a drink that pairs well with socially distant gatherings and some form of gambling.

ABV: 10%

Price Per Can: $5

Volley Spicy Ginger Spiked Seltzer
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Get the flavors of tequila, the refreshment of sparkling water and the spicy sweetness of ginger in Volley's Spicy Ginger Spiked Seltzer. The quality of each ingredient shines, making this better than your ordinary tequila soda.

ABV: 5.25%

Price Per Can: $4

Tip Top Negroni
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A classic Negroni is one of the easiest drinks to make, but that doesn't mean having it canned and ready to drink isn't one of life's simplest pleasures. It's everything you want from the infamous three-ingredient cocktail: sweet, bitter, juniper-y and citrusy.

ABV: 26%

Price Per Can: $4

Empirical Spirits Can 02
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Empirical Spirits is based in Copenhagen, but in 2019 the company broke into the US market. In 2020, it launched Can 02, a fruity and woody sparkler unlike anything we'd tried before. Mainly a combination sour cherry, black currant buds, young pine cones, walnut wood, Can 02 is the kind of beverage you gravitate towards for an instant pick-me-up. And we can't neglect Empirical's Can 01, a 10-percent ABV canned cocktail that's made with oolong tea, toasted birch and green gooseberry.

ABV: 9%

Price Per Can: $11

Onda Sparkling Tequila Lime
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Onda is just a classic tequila soda in a can. It's made with booze from a woman-owned distillery in Mexico, and flavored with either lime or grapefruit juice. The sodas are only 100 calories each and have zero sugar.

ABV: 5%

Price Per Can: $3

Straightaway Last Word Spritz
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Straightaway makes both bottled pre-mixed cocktails as well as canned spritzers, which use its house-made amaros. Last Word Spritz is based on the cocktail of the same name, which originated in Detroit and heavily features gin and Chartreuse. Straightaway's rendition maintains its namesakes flavors through a secret blend of spices, cherry and mint.

ABV: 13%

Price Per Can: $6

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