The sun is shining, the end of lockdown is approaching, and picnics in the park are a go. We’ve got a lot of socialising to do, and canned cocktails outside are the way we’re going to do it.
Convenient, tasty and refreshing - boozy canned beverages are ideal for summer sipping, and we’ve rounded up the best brands that are mixing up some top-notch tipples for our enjoyment. From gin-in-a-tin and espresso martinis to strawberry daiquiris and mimosas, we’ve searched high and low for the best canned cocktails to fill your picnic baskets with this summer.
1. LoneWolf Gin in a Tin
Bring the bar to the park with BrewDog’s Lonewolf G&T in a can. The perfect ratio of gin to tonic, this the perfect drink to enjoy straight from the can on a sunny day.
Delicious drunk straight from the can, this is the perfect drink to bring to the park or beach this summer. Convenient and delicious, with flavours that you won’t find anywhere else, Empirical’s cans are designed to be cracked open whenever, wherever.
3. El Sueño Margarita
El Sueno’s eye-catching cans are great for gifting to a margarita-loving friend, or for stashing in the fridge for a sunny day spent in the garden. All natural, vegan and gluten-free, this refreshing drink will be your new favourite.
4. RedLeg Spiced Rum x Franklin & Sons
For those after a cocktail that packs a punch, this is it. Refreshing, smooth and expertly made, RedLeg Rum and Franklin and Sons have teamed up to make an excellent rum and coke.
5. Ace & Freak Mint + Elderflower Spritz
Gin, mint and elderflower... What’s not to like? Light, tasty, and easy to drink in the sun - it’s just as well we’ll be seeing their new canned cocktail vending machines popping up around London this summer.
6. East London Liquor Co.
Light and refreshing, with four amazing flavours to choose from, this range from East London Liquor Co. includes Rum & Ginger and two Gin & Tonic options. But, having tried them all, we’re confident that Vodka & Rhubarb is the tastiest.
7. Kahlua Espresso Martini
This one’s for the coffee lovers. Kahlua have packed their most-loved recipe in canned form. Made using Kahlua, vodka, coffee, and nitro foam to give the drink its signature creamy texture - these cans are a must have in every picnic basket this summer.
8. VACAY Moscow Mule
There’s a lot of canned cocktails out there, but this one has to be up there with our favourites. With beautiful packaging and deliciously refreshing flavour, VACAY’s Moscow Mule makes for a wonderful addition to a picnic.
9. Two Days Vodka Raspberry Soda
Two Days canned cocktails are perfect for every picnic - and not just because they look great in pictures! Created to enjoy the full two days the weekend has to offer and avoid the hangover, these drinks are low-alcohol, vegan and gluten free with zero sugar and all natural ingredients. Cheers!
10. Thomas Tipple Raspberry Bellini
When the sun’s just that bit too hot and you need something refreshing - we recommend something fruity like a raspberry bellini. Just crack open for instant summer refreshment.
11. Pocket Negroni
Create the atmosphere of a cocktail bar anywhere you go with all the flavours of a classic negroni packed into your pocket. Perfect for enjoying with friends at your next summer get together, this drink will make you the coolest one at the picnic.
12. Malibu Pina Colada
For something exclusively summery, Malibu has nailed it with a classic Pina Colada. With flavours of coconut and pineapple, mixed with their classic caribbean rum, this’ll really bring the taste of summer to the party.
13. &Soda Mexican Lime Vodka Soda
Fancy yourself a bit of a vodka fanatic? Then this is the al fresco drink for you. Vodka soda with a refreshing splash of citrus, this canned cocktail is a great addition to your picnic basket.
14. Sipful Mimosa
If mimosas are your jam, then Sipful brings the goods. The perfect sunny weather drink - this mimosa is delicious, refreshing and worthy of brunch in the sun.
Perfect for those on-the-go days, Cantails have packed all the flavour of this summer cocktail-favourite into one convenient can. Just add sunnies.
16. Easy Social Cocktail Co.
We were totally won over by Easy Social Cocktail Co’s pre-mixed range. Born from the idea that sharing a drink with a friend should be easy, fun and hassle free, they’ve created cocktails that pack maximum flavour with minimal fuss.
17. Bloody Drinks Bloody Classic
Thirst-quenching and brunch-worthy, with a spicy tabasco kick - this is the best ready-to-drink bloody mary for the morning after the night before in one easy-to-go format.
LuvJus’s fun, fruity flavours make them the perfect canned summer drink for sunning yourself in the park or at a festival. Plus, a proportion of their profits go to LGBTQ+ charities.
19. Liberation Cocktails Strawberry Daiquiri
Liberation Cocktails deliver mixology-grade cocktails in one convenient can, and their Strawberry Daiquiri is perfect for warm weather sipping. Just shake and pour for the perfect serve.
20. MOTH Drinks
MOTH are all about cocktails, company and conversation. Their cocktails in a can, including an Espresso Martini, Negroni, Margarita and an Old Fashioned, are packed with flavours that feel like they were made for outside sipping.