Canned cocktails, wines and luxe soft drinks are the picnic essential of this summer. These are the coolest ones out there from brands big and small.
In the wake of the pandemic, food and drink trends have become even more creative. As many of us try and create a special experience at home, there’s been an influx of experimental concoctions from innovative hospitality brands.
From wine clubs to keep your cupboards stocked to cocktail kits that let you be the bartender, we’ve loved watching these trends grow – and there’s one that’s going to be particularly big for summer: canned cocktails.
While cans may have a bad rep for affecting the flavour of an alcoholic drink, advancements in technology mean that many brands are finding a way around this and using materials that, they claim, actually protect the taste of the product.
As such, canned wines and cocktails are becoming more popular. And, now that picnicking is back in a big way and socialising outside looks set to be a prominent theme for the summer, we think this is about to become the libation of choice.
If alcohol isn’t your thing, the good news is there’s also lots of low or non alcoholic options to add to your picnic basket, too.
Please always remember to drink responsibly.
BABE rosé and white wine with bubbles
BABE is the canned wine brand with a personality; the ‘about us’ section warns anyone feeling snobby to “get over yourself”. It comes from internet sensation Josh Ostrovsky, a.k.a. ‘The Fat Jewish’ who says the concept is all about having fun.
Wines are available in packs of 12 or 24. This mixed pack includes both a French rosé with bubbles and a Spanish white wine with bubbles. All wines are vegan and gluten free, and they can be found in Sainsbury’s if you don’t fancy ordering online.
Shop rosé and white wine with bubbles at BABE, £27 (was £29)
6 O’Clock Gin
Artisanal British gin maker, 6 O’clock Gin, is a family-run distillery with over 30 years experience in making fruity liqueurs and small batch gins.
Now, this Bristol-based brand has developed a ‘ready to drink’ range of gin and tonics in a can so that you can enjoy its smooth flavours while sunning yourself in the park.
Pick between exotic orange and damson and ginger, as well as classic and light versions of their classic London Dry and tonic.
Shop mixed case of 12 at 6’OClock Gin, £24 (was £30)
CleanRum is a low alcohol alternative to traditional Jamaican rum, giving those who don’t like to get too tiddly another option.
CleanRum combines sweet caramel notes and cayenne pepper spice with cola for a mixed drink that is only 0.5% alcoholic, and delicious.
Shop CleanRum & Cola 12 pack at CleanCo, £20
HUN selection box
HUN is an east London-based brand which sources premium wine from South Africa and cans it to create the UK’s first Fairtrade wine in a can. And it’s fully recyclable and vegan friendly, too. Impressive, huh?
It’s also got some big time investors including ex-BrewDog CEO & Red Bull director Andy Shaw and Waitrose executive James Bailey, so it looks like HUN knows its stuff.
Currently HUN has three wines available: rosé, rosé with bubbles and a sauvignon blanc. This selection box gives you a taste of all three, packing either two or four cans of each.
Shop selection box at HUN, £17
Easy Social Cocktail
Friends Imie, Hebe and Nate love the feeling of being in a lively bar when the atmosphere is electric and everyone is having a good time. But according to them, this great mix of chatting, drinking and dancing should be able to happen anywhere.
That’s why they created Easy Social Cocktail Co, so that people would have the freedom to take a delicious drink with them and create a great atmosphere wherever they want.
There’s a brilliant selection of canned cocktails to choose from including peach cosmopolitan, mango margarita, apple highball and limited edition tipples such as the super strawberry negroni in collaboration with East London Liquor Co.
Shop fridge pack of six at Easy Social Cocktail, £30
Bodega Bay Hard Seltzer apple and cherry
Fancy enjoying a tipple without that boozy taste? Well, why not try some refreshing, alcoholic sparkling water?
It may sound a bit ‘out there’ but Bodega Bay reckon that drinking is an important part of our culture, and that it’s possible to offer a healthy, less sugary option.
Shop mixed case at Bodega Bay, £16
Kombucha has earned a reputation as the on-trend way to drink, but without consuming any alcohol. And, from the branding to the flavours, Fix8 exudes an of-the-moment cool.
Fix8 is crafted in small batches in the traditional way at the brand’s London microbrewery to create a tart, fermented flavour.
Shop taster case of 12 cans at Fix8, from £30
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