In a Booming Industry, These Are the Best Canned Cocktails to Drink Right Now
A report more than doubles down on canned booze. Plus, six new ones we like.
We’re going to be drinking a lot of canned boozy drinks in the near future.
That’s the conclusion reached by Grand View Research, Inc. In a new report, the U.S.-based market research and consulting company predicts the global canned alcoholic beverages market size will reach USD 13.4 billion by 2028, with an annual growth rate of 13.3% (the market currently sits at $5.5 billion).
The big takeaways from the report? We’ll see the biggest growth in the Asia Pacific market, canned wine will be the fastest growing segment of the category (although hard seltzers will continue to dominate) and the online marketplace is where the biggest growth will take place.
“Canned alcoholic beverages are gaining popularity among consumers since cans are more convenient, portable and travel-friendly,” the report notes. “Moreover, these metal cans are less expensive as compared to glass bottles and have a considerably higher recycling rate than glass.”
All good, but how does this help you now? The market is booming and there’s already a large number of brands. To help, we’ve listed a few canned drinks below that we’ve tried and really enjoyed in the past month. (Seriously, there are so many new canned drinks that this list could change by next month.)
These ready-to-drink (RTD) tequila cocktails were a revelation during a recent trip to Miami; just launched, these 100% blue weber agave tipples are available in Margarita, Spicy Margarita and Paloma flavors and continue the trend of tequila RTDs outshining almost all other canned drinks.
The best designed of the tequila RTDs, this sparkling beverage (which features actress Shay Mitchell as the “Chief Brand Officer”) just launched two new flavors, Watermelon and an incredibly refreshing Blood Orange. Fizzy, light and citrus-y (and not in a fake way).
While this RTD brand flashes a lot of healthy catchphrases (vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, “clean calorie”) their organic spritzes should appeal to anyone. Ridiculously great in hot weather, the brand offers everything from Rosé Bellini Spritz to a Grapefruit & Hibiscus Paloma Spritz.
It turns out it takes a brewery (and distillery) to finally make a good vodka soda. The Blueberry Shrub RTD here is light but flavorful. And brown spirits fans: The Cherry Bergamot Whiskey Sour is the rare summer-ready whiskey drink.
We’re sticking with cans here, otherwise we’d highly recommend the St. Agrestis Negroni in a tiny bottle or the Boulevardier Bag-in-Box (basically, boxed cocktails). The Spritz, however, is a refreshing, herbal/citrus combo of the St. Agrestis Paradiso Aperitivo, sparkling Italian wine and sparkling water.
Described as the “first and only Asian American craft hard seltzer made with real, premium fruits and ingredients from Asia,” the brand just launched a limited-edition “Heritage” line thats pays tribute to well-known Asian foods and is co-developed with New York-based chefs and owners of popular local restaurants. The Tamarind & Rice Paddy Herb release will be unlike any canned drink you’ll try now … and portends a promising and innovative future for the category.
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