With the clocks springing forward this weekend, days are getting longer and weekends are getting warmer, leaving us thirsty for refreshments that taste like summer in a bottle (or can!). Here are some drinks making an impression this year!
We’re finally wrapping our heads around the concept that decent tasting wine can come in a cardboard box, and now winemakers have thrown us a curve ball by canning it. The verdict? Surprisingly tasty, refreshing and so much more convenient than lugging around a glass bottle.
Pampelonne Rose Lime
110 calories in each 8oz can, these ready to drink spritzers are perfect for a hot day outside. French Muscadet wine is infused with kaffir lime, passionfruit, ruby red grapefruit and sparkling water. Adorable and convenient packaging with a taste that embodies the simple sophistication of the South of France. They also do a sparkling Red Sangria, a great option if you want a bit more body but still effervescently light.
Sofia Blanc de Blancs Mini
Packaged in mini-sized cans, Francis Ford Copolla Winery’s Sofia Blanc de Blancs is described as fruity and refreshing. It is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Muscat, and Riesling with mellow flavors of apples and pears, topped by a hint of citrus and honeysuckle. The cans, at a little over 6oz each, come in a cute little four pack, perfect for a day by the pool!
An Apple a Day
Cider is the perfect in-between drink for a warm summer’s day. Less alcoholic than wine but tastier than beer and with the lightness of a spritzer, cider has made it big overseas but is still an up and comer stateside. Seek out tart, light bubbly flavors that can be poured over ice rather than super-sweet traditional ciders that will exhaust your palate after one.
Ace Joker Hard Cider
This is super tart, dry and sour but so good! Made from 100% apples with champagne characteristics, this is a convincing gateway cider for both wine and beer drinkers.
Wolffer No. 139 Dry Rose & Dry White Ciders
While we know better than to judge a book by its cover, it’s hard not to get entranced by the visually stunning artworks of a label on these Hamptons-made bevvies. The White Cider has subtle citrus flavors and is classically made, marrying traditional techniques with Wolffer signature elegance. Rosier and slightly sweeter than the white cider, the Dry Rose Cider has a small addition of red grape skin extract making it blush.
If you’re feeling like a bit of a lush after all of those libations, it might be a good idea to cut back on the booze with some of these alternatives.
A convincing substitute for alcoholic drinks, Cawston Press has an exceptionally cool line of grown up sparkling beverages. Flavors like Cucumber & Mint, Elderflower Lemonade, Gooseberry and Rhubarb will make you forget that your cocktail is missing its kick!
Watermelon juice is the fruit du jour for cold pressing. Tsamma Juice and WTRMLN WTR are both packed with all of the super stuff that bring you back after a bender; Vitamins A, B and C, potassium, lycopene and plenty of electrolytes.
Tree water, with less sugar than coconut water, is something you’re going to see more of in the coming months. Already booming in the UK and Europe, birch water is big news, but is very new to our shores. Maple and cactus waters, like birch, boast detoxifying powers, minimal calories, and liver cleansing diuretics and are sourced by tapping trees and collecting the filtered sap. Check out DRINKmaple and CaliWater cactus waters to start quenching your thirst.
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