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These Ready-to-Drink Cocktails Are Your Spring & Summer Party Staples

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Ready-to-drink cocktails have always served a particular role. Think beach parties and backyard barbecues where convenience is key. But RTDs are evolving beyond the allure of mere accessibility. These days, the contents of ready-to-drink cans are likely just as ‘crafted’ as the cocktail made by your favorite bartender. Some of our current favorites: 

High West Distillery Barrel-Finished Manhattan and Barrel-Finished Old Fashioned Cocktails: As Utah’s first distillery established in the 1870s, High West has officially entered the growing premium pre-batched category. Bringing together High West’s specialties of whiskey blending/production and mixology, the Barrel-Finished Old Fashioned and Barrel-Finished Manhattan are mixed with a harmonious blend of bourbon and rye for added complexity and then matured in used rye barrels, creating a rich, smooth and well-rounded final product. The Barrel-Finished Old Fashioned features demerara simple syrup for a touch of sweetness while the Barrel-Finished Manhattan includes two types of vermouth. Enjoy both on ice and garnish with a lemon and orange twist (Old Fashioned) or a Luxardo Cherry (Manhattan). 

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Courtesy of High West Distillery

Volley Tequila Seltzer: A perfect summer sipper, Volley is a new tequila-based seltzer made with just three ingredients: 100% blue agave tequila, sparkling water, and organic juice. The first clean tequila seltzer on the market, Volley is 100-110 calories per can. Available in four delicious flavors: Zesty Lime, Spicy Ginger, Sharp Grapefruit, and Tropical Mango, Volley’s gluten-free seltzers can be enjoyed chilled from the can or mixed into margaritas or fun tequila cocktails. Fun Fact: With values rooted in environmental sustainability and preservation, Volley is currently hosting beach cleanups and outdoor educational events around the country in partnership with Leave No Trace

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Novo Fogo Sparkling Caipirinha: Novo Fogo’s popular line of Sparkling Capirinhas includes three flavors: Original Lime, Mango-Lime, and Passion Fruit-Lime. The fresh and delicious trio offers consumers a variety of ways to enjoy a carbonated twist on Brazil’s national cocktail. Each features less sugar, fewer calories and carbohydrates, lower alcohol by volume, and shelf stability by virtue of their 100% natural ingredients. Serve chilled straight from the can, over ice in a glass, and with or without a slice of lime. 

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Cutwater Spirits Canned Margaritas: Cutwater meticulously distills its award-winning portfolio of spirits including whiskeys, vodka, gin, rums, tequilas and liqueurs, and incorporates them into their canned lineup, such as their 10% ABV Strawberry and Peach Margaritas. Strawberry features Cutwater Tequila, strawberry puree, and natural flavors. Peach features Cutwater Tequila, peach puree, and natural flavors. Yum.

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BABE 100 RoséBABE 100 Rosé is the newest edition to BABE Wine’s lineup of canned wines. This rosé is light and refreshing like a seltzer (with only 100 calories and zero grams of sugar), but it’s actually wine! With the crisp and delicious taste of wine and 6.9% ABV, what’s not to love? Each can is equal to one full glass of wine and is perfect to grab and go for any occasion, and the lavender can is easy on the eyes. 

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Fishers Island Lemonade: This premium craft cocktail, made famous at The Pequot Inn, the only restaurant/bar on Fishers Island, NY, is comprised of a dual-spirits base of premium vodka and whiskey, mixed with lemonade and honey. Three new lemonade-based flavors and an ice pop are new to the Fishers Island Lemonade line-up; it’s their first product expansion since the company's founding seven years ago. Try Fishers Spiked Tea, a new twist on a classic, featuring a perfectly balanced half-and-half blend of the base spiked lemonade with fresh black tea, Fishers Pink Flamingo, born out of incredible demand, this delicious blend combines the original vodka and barrel-aged whiskey spiked lemonade with all-natural cranberry juice, Fishers Fizz, a lighter, effervescent version of the original premium vodka and barrel-aged whiskey spiked lemonade recipe, and Fishers Spirit Pops, a unique, fun, and innovative offering to enjoy the great taste and flavor of FIL, but as a refreshing, frozen treat. The spirit pops are made with premium vodka, barrel-aged whiskey, lemon, and honey for a premium experience.

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Biza Cocktails: Biza are full-flavored, premium canned cocktails made with real vodka and natural tropical flavors. Biza’s four unique flavors include Passion Fruit Peach, Pomegranate Vanilla, Coconut Pineapple, and Mango Jalapeño. The name Biza, originally inspired by the internationally known Spanish island of Ibiza, is not necessarily tied to a specific location, but instead a lifestyle experience – and is a reminder of the fun, the music, the friends, and the family with whom you share those unforgettable moments.

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Sovi Non-Alcoholic Wine: Sovi got its start in California when a wine lover and risk-taking sommelier decided to step away from their day jobs working with wines in the Napa Valley to pursue their dream of making a high quality, non-alcoholic wine that they themselves would drink. Sovi Sparkling Rosé is the result – a quality, flavor-filled, non-alcoholic option with the taste and vibe of its alcoholic peers. 

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Fran Endicott Miller

Fran Endicott Miller is a luxury focused freelance feature writer for a variety of lifestyle publications and websites, editor-at-large for JustLuxe.com, and a California editor for luxury travel concierge service Essentialist. Prior to her journalism career she held positions in the fields of politics, television, and professional sports, and is proud to have established the Golden State Warriors...(Read More)

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