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The 12 best canned cocktails to sip right now

Crack a can and enjoy some of the best canned cocktails on the market.

Morgan Olsen
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Morgan Olsen

There are few things we love more than saddling up at a bar and ordering a really great cocktail. Of course, we can't always make it to our favorite watering hole when the mood strikes—which is where the best canned cocktails come in handy. From a Whiskey Mule and a Negroni Spritz to a classic Old-Fashioned, these ready-to-drink tipples go beyond hard seltzer.

Ideal for picnics, backyard hangs and everything in between, the best canned cocktails are crafted with quality ingredients so that you can replicate the bar experience wherever you are—no cocktail shaker required. Ready to crack open a can? Clear some space in the fridge and check out our taste-test and official ranking of the best canned cocktails out there.

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Best canned cocktails

Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye
Photograph: Courtesy Cooper Spirits Company

1. Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock and Rye

What's in it? Rye whiskey, rock candy, raw honey, angostura bitters and orange peel

Tasting notes: Still trying to master the perfect Old Fashioned at home? Give it a rest. Hochstadter's has done the legwork with this impeccably balanced, extra-dry batched cocktail that's available in a bottle or single-serve can. Rock candy and raw honey imbue a touch of earthy sweetness, and the subtle orange flavor means you don't have to add a garnish if you're far from home.

Perfect for: A long-overdue camping trip with friends.

Dante x Five Drinks Co. Summer Spritz
Photograph: Giada Paoloni courtesy F!VE Drinks

2. Dante x Five Drinks Co. Summer Spritz

What's in it? Gin, elderflower cordial, cucumber bitters, cucumber, lemon and grape juices

Tasting notes: Cocktail aficionados know Dante as one of the world's best bars, but you don't have to book a flight to NYC to get your fix thanks to this boozy collab with Five Drinks Co. Perhaps the most complex offering on the list, this idyllic Summer Spritz tastes like it was just picked from the garden, with hints of cucumber, blossoms and citrus to boot. Stick a straw in it or pour it over ice and garnish it with a ribbon of cucumber. Voila!

Perfect for: Grownup Sunday Funday.

You & Yours Distilling Co. Meyer Lemon Vodka Soda
Photograph: Megan Jane Burgess

3. You & Yours Distilling Co. Meyer Lemon Vodka Soda

What's in it? Vodka and natural lemon flavor

Tasting notes: To quote Beyoncé, if your go-to bar order is a vodka soda, "Let me upgrade you." Okay, that's probably not what B meant, but this canned cocktail is a major improvement. Infused with meyer lemon—which is slightly sweeter and more herbaceous than a regular lemon—this vodka soda is bursting with juicy flavors and just the right amount of carbonation. The only downside? At 7.5 percent ABV, these cans are wildly crushable, so stock up accordingly.

Perfect for: That scorching hot, 100-plus-degree day in July.

Social Hour Whiskey Mule
Photograph: Kyle Ford courtesy of Social Hour

4. Social Hour Whiskey Mule

What's in it? Rye whiskey and ginger beer

Tasting notes: Crafted by Brooklyn bar vets Julie Reiner and Tom Macy, Social Hour's ready-to-sip Whiskey Mule is beautifully balanced. The zingy, citrus-forward ginger beer will hit your nose before doing a happy dance on your palate. Then comes a smooth, chest-warming wave of rye whiskey, which is sourced from New York Distilling Company. Sip it straight from the can or serve it over ice with a wedge of lime.

Perfect for: A blissful backyard barbecue.

Tip Top Manhattan
Photograph: Mia Yakel courtesy of Tip Top

5. Tip Top Manhattan

What's in it? Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters

Tasting notes: This small but mighty contender packs a serious punch thanks to Atlanta bartender Miles Macquarrie's prowess behind the bar. The just-right Manhattan is boozy and balanced, delivering notes of caramel and baking spices. Though no one will judge you for sipping it straight from the can, this bevvy begs to be served in a coupe with a cherry or two.

Perfect for: A no-fuss nightcap on your back porch.

Dashfire Lemon & Lavender Martini
Photograph: TJ Turner courtesy Dashfire

6. Dashfire Lemon & Lavender Martini

What's in it? Vodka, sherry, lemon bitters and lavender bitters

Tasting notes: Hellbent on putting their own unique spin on the classics, the cocktail experts at Dashfire upgrade their vodka Martini with a dash of lemon-lavender bitters and a splash of nutty sherry. The result is complex yet easy to love—the kind of thing you could easily whip out to wow your guests at an intimate dinner party.

Perfect for: Impressing your cocktail-obsessed friend after a year apart.

LiveWire Golden God
Photograph: Courtesy LiveWire

7. LiveWire Golden God

What’s in it? Whiskey and brandy with apricot, green tea and elderflower

Tasting notes: Crafted by LiveWire founder and celebrated bartender Aaron Polsky, this patio pounder—with notes of nutty stone fruit and herbs—will have you second guessing everything you thought you knew about canned cocktails. You see, beyond bottling up only the best ingredients, Polsky is determined to elevate bartending into an artform. Speaking of art, how cool is the can designed by tattoo artist Henry Lewis?

Perfect for: One last round at your place after the corner bar has closed.

CanBee Cocktails Bee’s Knees
Photograph: Courtesy CanBee

8. CanBee Cocktails Bee’s Knees

What's in it? Gin, lemon and honey

Tasting notes: There are few cocktails better suited for summer than the classic Bee's Knees, a sweet, citrus-tinged gin number that's highly crushable. What makes this canned option even sweeter is the fact that it's crafted by real-life beekeepers and a portion of their sales goes to pollinator conservation around the globe. And no, the bees won't mind if you drink this one straight from the can.

Perfect for: A pre-show tipple before catching a movie in the park.

Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin & Tonic
Photograph: Courtesy Luxardo

9. Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin & Tonic

What’s in it? Luxardo Sour Cherry-flavored gin and sparkling water

Tasting notes: For cocktail nerds and novices alike, the name Luxardo is synonymous with decadently rich cherry flavor – and this canned cocktail is no exception. Here, the classic G&T gets remixed into a sweet and sour sipper that highlights the brand’s iconic Marasca cherries alongside herbaceous craft gin. A sparkling water topper ties everything together in bubbly bliss.

Perfect for: Celebrating the moment you get your inbox to zero unreads on Friday afternoon.

Straightaway Negroni Spritz
Photograph: Courtesy Straightaway Cocktails

10. Straightaway Negroni Spritz

What's in it? Sparkling pinot gris, amaro and sweet vermouth

Tasting notes: Come summer, the classic Negroni goes into hibernation and its party-loving, heat-seeking cousin comes out to play. This light and refreshing spritz ditches the gin in favor of sparkling pinot gris, making it much less potent and much more sessionable. But it's Straightaway's house-made amaro that throws a bittersweet curveball in this delectable apéritif.

Perfect for: Cloud-gazing at the park.

Mayne & Co. Modern Mimosa
Photograph: Liz Clayman courtesy of Mayne & Co.

11. Mayne & Co. Modern Mimosa

What's in it? Sparkling wine and orange juice

Tasting notes: Forget about carting a bottle of bubbly and OJ to the park and reach for the canned version instead. Ideal for those who prefer their mimosas with just a splash of juice, Mayne & Co. lets their sustainably sourced Italian vino do the talking. The result is an effervescent, citrusy showstopper that demands brunch bites. Psst! Each can includes about a flute and a half, so sip slowly.

Perfect for: An impromptu boozy brunch on your stoop.

Onda Sparkling Tequila Grapefruit
Photograph: Courtesy Onda

12. Onda Sparkling Tequila Grapefruit

What's in it? Blanco tequila and grapefruit juice

Tasting notes: Akin to a juicy Paloma, Onda's tequila-grapefruit cocktail has a way of making you feel like the coolest version of yourself. One minute you're cracking open a can on your couch, the next you're bouncing around in a rooftop pool (if only in your mind). The easy-to-read ingredient list translates to a carb- and sugar-free treat that rings up at 100 calories. Keep it on ice and sip it straight from the can.

Perfect for: Your first beach hang of the year. Scratch that—every beach hang this year.

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