Pre-mixed cocktails have become increasingly popular in recent years. They’re ultra-convenient for when you’re traveling, picnicking, or simply too lazy to open two bottles and wash a glass. However, while some pre-mixed drinks are well-crafted and tasty, many of them miss the mark when it comes to taste and flavor – and there are quite a few that offer a relatively weak pour. So, we researched all of the big pre-mixed cocktails out there, from classics like the Manhattan to more experimental recipes, and found the best pre-mixed cocktails to drink on ice.
E-40 Sluricane Hurricane
Created by E-40 himself, Sluricane Hurricane packs an 18% ABV and a definite punch. A Hurricane is traditionally mixed from rum and several fruit juices and comes with a summery and tropical character. E-40’s version stays true to its roots, creating a fruity, exotic flavor – and is definitely best served chilled.
Cutwater Spirits Fugu Grapefruit Vodka Soda
Why go through all of that effort to pour a vodka soda when you can sip this tasty and convenient pre-mixed cocktail instead? Made with Fugu vodka, carbonated water, and natural grapefruit flavor, this ready-to-enjoy canned beverage from Cutwater Spirits is a perfect choice for beach trips.
Novo Fogo Sparkling Caipirinha Canned Cocktail
If you're not already familiar with Brazil's tasty, beloved national cocktail, the caipirinha, we suggest you get acquainted! Made with Novo Fogo Silver Cachaça, lime juice, and sugar, and then carbonated for extra fun, this sparkling canned cocktail is delicioso. You'll want to take a four-pack of these along to your next barbecue and pair with spicy grilled fare.
Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock & Rye Canned Cocktail
Think of Slow & Low Rock & Rye as a rye whiskey Old-Fashioned in a can – a very boozy rye whiskey Old-Fashioned, at that! With a big ABV of 42%, this cocktail tastes best mixed with your favorite sparkling water and a fresh orange twist to mellow out the intensity of the spicy rye.
Pampelonne French 75 Canned Cocktail
Aromatic and woodsy juniper, tart Meyer lemon, and sweet elderflower liqueur dance in this crisp and exceptionally well-balanced sparkling French 75 cocktail in a can from Pampelonne. Effervescent and fresh, this dainty drink is the perfect choice to take along for a dreamy picnic or a film screening in the park.
Coppa Cocktails Mai Tai
It's pretty difficult to find a decent premixed Mai Tai. While other drinks like sangria, pina coladas, and margaritas are a dime a dozen, a good premixed mai tai is still quite rare. Coppa Cocktails makes this Mai Tai super smooth, refreshing, and delicious; a total winner, especially during the warmer months of summer.
Jack Daniels Whiskey & Cola
Jack and cokes are a bar essential, especially when it comes to a good whiskey. This premixed version of a Jack and coke comes straight from the manufacturer of Jack Daniels, and has a really good ratio of coke to Jack.
This is one of those premixed cocktails that make you realize that many bartenders don't know Jack about making a good whiskey-coke mix. So, it's only fair that we call it one of the best ready to drink cocktails out there. If you ask me, this is one of the best-premixed cocktails in a can.
Sauza Sparkling Margarita
This yummy version of your traditional margarita eschews the syrupy and thick texture of most premixed cocktails and actually turns a classic margarita recipe into a more champagne-like treat. It's fizzy, crisp, and still has that yummy shot of tequila that makes us all act a bit goofy. So, while fans of traditional margaritas might prefer Jose Cuervo to Sauza, people who just want a good, fizzy drink with a margarita twist will prefer this one.
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