It was only a few years back that we were schlepping our coolers full of liquors and mixers to make sure that everyone at the tailgate had their faves. Canned cocktails were already on the rise PRE-covid. Add a global pandemic, the inability to visit your favorite bartender, and a little weight gain to the equation. And this is why canned cocktails are getting so much love.
It has never been easier to take happy hour on the road. Whether you’re simply loving the convenience of a pre-made margarita, or a post-quarantine calorie counter who wants to liven up their seltzer, there is now something for EVERYONE.
Last week I spent some time with Chelsea Kane of Kane’s Fine Wine and Spirits in Saratoga Springs. She told me a bit about the canned cocktail craze, and how she simply cannot keep them stocked. “Customers stop here on their way to their boats, the golf course or racetrack (especially since there is no glass allowed). And they want them COLD.” She shared that the convenience of the pre-made cocktail is the number one perk, but added that people who are drinking throughout the day appreciate the low calories and alcohol content of many varieties. As we all know, pacing ones’ self is critical in the game of day-drinking.
Chelsea took some time to share the favorites of her customers. And as you can see, there truly is something for everyone!
The High Noon Sun Sips are perfect for those occasions that have you drinking all day. Containing only 4.5% ABV, these refreshing cocktails come in a variety of flavors that keep you sipping instead of snoozing. Watermelon is a Kane fan favorite.
This one is Saratoga’s version of the Kentucky Mule. Perfect for your bourbon-loving racetrack faithful, who doesn’t enjoy waiting in line for a craft cocktail. The best part? Produced by Saratoga’s very own Upstate Distilling Co., who nailed it with this Insta-Worthy can.
Working on the quarantine 15? This Absolut Vodka Soda in Raspberry Lemongrass clocks in at only 97 calories, bringing you all the fun without the carbs. Between the sparkle, the berry and the bright lemongrass taste, this is perfect for any summertime event.
Not quite ready to travel south of the border? With tart lime and a hint of orange, this is a great alternative to the inconvenience of packing up the margarita fixin’s. But pace yourself. This one contains 12.5% ABV, landing at the higher end of booziness within the canned cocktail family.
This rosé was inspired by Saratoga’s Old Tavern Farm’s fresh cut flower garden that sits along the horse paddocks that overlook Saratoga Lake. And it’s evident from the super cute can! This one’s perfect for the friend who always picks the prettiest things. OR the rosé loving friend. Because let’s face it, they are often one in the same.
Made with honeyberries (a cross between blueberries and raspberries), macerated strawberries and fresh-squeezed lemonade, Dogfish Head created a refreshing and subtly sweet summer drink. This customer favorite aligns perfectly with the creative and “off-centered” products they’ve been creating in their brewery and distillery for years now.
So next time you’re heading out to your boat, golf course, track gathering or tailgate, be sure to print your coupon, pull into the conveniently located Kane’s Fine Wine & Spirits, and stock your cooler! But don’t forget to grab ’em COLD. Because apparently, it’s hard to wait.