Canned cocktails / Photo Courtesy of the merchants
While the Wine Enthusiast team loves to mix up drinks—several of us are former bartenders, after all, and would never miss an opportunity to point that out in conversation—there are times when only the best canned cocktails will do. Backyard barbecues, beach days, picnics and the like are all great occasions to pop open a can of something tasty.
We’re not alone, either. In 2021, sales of ready-to-drink (RTD) cocktails doubled, generating $1.6 billion. According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the U.S., premixed cocktails were the fastest growing spirits category last year.
And so, the Wine Enthusiast team is pleased to share our picks for the canned cocktails we reach for again and again, from a brunch-ready Bloody Mary to a bubbly margarita and a non-alcoholic option that keeps the party going. Here are nine of the best canned cocktails on the market, according to Wine Enthusiast staffers.