The best drinks in a can for the perfect picnic tipple

Summer picnics, days out, nights on the beach, we’re setting our sights on some celebrations after two years of restrictions, and planning what we eat and drink on days out is top priority. But is there anything more annoying at a picnic than opening up a bottle just to find warm liquid inside that’s anything but refreshing?!

Drinks in a can are better for keeping cool, much better for the environment than plastic ones, and not as dangerous – or heavy – as lugging round glass bottles. But there’s never been the variety we’re after. That’s changed now and drinks in a can are big business, so we’ve rounded up the best of the bunch when it comes to summer drinks in a can.

Cocktails in a can

Shake Baby Shake

 

Shake Baby Shake
Shake Baby Shake

Shake Baby Shake Passion Fruit Martini (12 x 250ml), £15, Good Time In

When a can looks this good, it basically becomes an accessory. All four flavours sound delicious – Passion Fruit Martini (the bestseller), Tropical Daiquiri, Raspberry Mojito and Watermelon Daiquiri – so we’ll be choosing ours based entirely on which matches our outfit best.

Miami Cocktail Company

Miami cocktail company
Miami cocktail company

Miami Cocktails Mixed Pack (10 x 250ml Cans), £25, Revl

This craft cocktail company is based in – you guessed it – Miami. Each of its organic-certified sparkling cocktails contain no added sugar, additives or preservatives. The pre-mixed cocktail flavours include a Mimosa, a Paloma, a Margarita, a Bellini and a Sangria, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.

Close your eyes, take a sip and feel like you’re basking in the Miami sunshine…

El Sueño

El Sueno cans

El Sueño 12 pack, £24.95, Master of Malt

El Sueño’s cocktails are like sunshine in a can. When you’re stuck in the UK with its questionable weather, why wouldn’t you want to try these? They can be bought in a Pink Grapefruit, Margarita and Watermelon Margarita flavour.

You can find other hard seltzers here.

Didsbury Gin

Didsbury gin
Didsbury Gin

Didsbury Gin (pack of 4), £8, Didsbury Gin

Doesn’t this spread of Didsbury Gins just make your mouth water? Flavours of these pretty cans include Blood Orange & Ginger, Tutti Frutti, Raspberry & Elderflower and Strawberry & Sicilian Lemon.

VACAY

VACAY
VACAY

Blood Orange Hibiscus Vodka Soda 4 pack, £18, VACAY

A hula dancer, a can-canning cactus and a pirate in a paddling pool are just some of the characters you’ll find on the outside of VACAY’s canned cocktails, which include a Vodka Soda, Tom Collins, Paloma and Moscow Mule.

Forrit

Forrit
Drink Supermarket

Forrit Peach, Lemon & Mint Botanic Hard Seltzer 330ml, £1.99, Drink Supermarket

Still on last summer’s hard seltzer hype? Made of sparkling water, natural fruit flavourings and alcohol, they’re a refreshing and low-calorie option. We especially love Forrit’s pastel can designs that illustrate the main flavour of each.

East London Liquor Co.

East London Liquor Co
East London Liquor Co.

12 cans of East London Grapefruit Gin & Tonic, £24, East London Liquor Co.

The East London Liquor Company’s award-winning London Dry Gin mixed with their own grapefruit-infused tonic for a refreshing G&T in a can.

Beviamo!

Beviamo
Good Time In

Beviamo! Italian Spritz (12 x 250ml), £15, Good Time In

Holiday abroad not looking likely this year? Bring a taste of the Mediterranean to you by way of this zesty little can, made with a classic sparkling aperitivo, bitter liqueur, a dash of soda and Italian white wine.

Silent Pool

Silent Pool gin and tonic can
Silent Pool

Ready to Drink Gin & Tonic – 12 x 250ml, £35, Silent Pool Distillers

Silent Pool Distillers’ first full double measure gin and tonic tinny makes this the strongest G&T in a can on the market, using bespoke Indian tonic water and 50ml of Silent Pool’s award-winning classic London Dry gin.

Tanqueray

tanqueray gin in a can
Tanqueray

Tanqueray gin and tonic cans, Sainsbury’s or Waitrose, £2.50

You can now enjoy premium Tanqueray gin on the go with these nifty cans. The flavours available are the classic London Dry and the new fruity Flor de Sevilla gin, finished off with just the right amount of tonic.

LuvJus

LuvJus drink in a can
LuvJus

LuvJus mixed case, £25 for 12, LuvJus

LuvJus is an independent LGBTQ+ business that uses 100 per cent natural ingredients to create alcoholic ‘craft-pops’ that have been described as ‘a picnic in a can’. The tinnies are available in two variants: pineapple, mint, jasmine, Korean ginseng & vodka, and blood orange, pomegranate, Korean ginseng & vodka.

If you need even more reason to try these out, 5 per cent of all the brand’s profits go directly towards supporting LGBTQI+ charities and initiatives.

Portobello Road

Portobello Road Cans
Portobello Road

Portobello Road 250Ml, £2, Tesco

Haysmith’s

Who needs the hassle of lugging around a bottle of gin and a bottle of tonic when you can pick one (or a few) of these up in Tesco and Co-op stores?

Haysmith's cocktail in a can
Aldi

Haysmith’s Rhubarb & Ginger G&T Cans (pack of 24), £28.56, Aldi

Yep, even Aldi has stylish cocktails in a can. And in true Aldi style, you get good bang for your buck. Flavours of the Haysmith’s G&T cans include Rhubarb & Ginger, Orange & Persian Lime, London Dry and Pink G&T.

Fountain Raspberry Hard Seltzer

A punchy new flavour for the Fountain range of hard seltzers, the good thing about these drinks is that they are brewed using clean fermented alcohol, with no wines or spirits added. The whole line is vegan with no added sugar, using only natural fruit and sparkling water, and the raspberry is definitely our favourite of the flavours. Price at £14 for six cans on the Fountain website

Shima Saké Spritz

Saké lovers will fall head-over-heels for this yuzu and elderflower spritz. A rich, floral saké aroma is joined by the distinct scents of elderflower and the slightly sweet citrus of yuzu. Finishing with a green note that perfectly balances the richness, without any hint of sugary sweetness. Available from www.shimadrinks.com, £18 for a pack of 6 x 250ml cans (4.6%).  

Goldling vodka soda

Goldling Sundown combines premium vodka with Persian lime, pineapple and a hint of kaffir lime leaf for a slightly bitter but very refreshing alcoholic cooler. Great to pull out of the picnic bag if you’re looking for something a little different to impress. Available from the Goldling website and Amazon priced at £17 for x 6 330ml

Wine in a can

Vin du Can

Built on the belief that canned wines should taste just as good as bottled ones, Vin du Can comes in Pale Rosé, French Sauvignon Blanc, Argentinian Red Malbec and, simply, FIZZ. Proper wines for proper wine lovers, they’re all really tasty. Perfect for summer al fresco drinking, the pale pink rosé comes from one of the most established wineries in Provence and is just delicious fresh from the cool bag on a warm summer’s day. Vin du Can Pale Rosé priced from £26.00 for 12 x 187 ml. Available from  Amazon.

Wild Steps wines

Another vin in a can, the brand new Wild Steps launched at the London Wine Fair 2022 and comprises a selection of Argentinian tipples, namely a Chardonnay, Malbec, and Malbec Rosé . All are deliciously fresh and fruity, and targeted towards an astute Gen Z market who are happy to pay more for an ethical treat, as Wild Steps donates 10% of profits to the British Beekeepers Association and The Woodland Trust. The Malbec is available from today, the rosé  and white from July. 250ml cans retail at £3.99 each from Amps Wine Merchants.

BABE

BABE
BABE

BABE Rosé & White Mixed Pack, £27 (was £29), BABE

Is wine in a can the best thing since sliced bread? It’s certainly up there. Hailing from the US and claiming to be the original canned wine, BABE make rosé and white wine, both with bubbles. Get yourself a 12 or 24 pack on the BABE website or buy single cans in Sainsbury’s for £2.15.

HUN

HUN
HUN

Selection box (6 cans), £17, HUN

From BABE to HUN, we’re sensing a theme here… Either way, HUN was born in East London, where premium South African wine is sourced and canned to create the UK’s first Fairtrade wine in a can.

The Copper Crew

The Copper Crew cans
The Copper Crew

The Copper Crew mixed box (6 cans), £24.99, The Copper Crew 

‘Quality canned wines – not for the cellar, for everywhere else!’ is how The Copper Crew describe its selection of Rosé, Chenin Blanc and Merlot wines in a can. What’s more, is that the cans, delivery box and tape are completely recyclable, making it that little bit easier to be eco-friendly.

The Uncommon

The Uncommon
The Uncommon

Spritzer mixed 8 pack, £38, The Uncommon

With whimsically dress up animal characters adorning the tins, we almost don’t care what’s inside. Luckily, The Uncommon wine is delicious, and there are two new varieties – bubbly white and rosé wines – coming soon. Available at Waitrose, M&S, Ocado and more.

NICE

Nice
Nice

NICE Pale Rose Wine Can 250ml, £2.49, The Bottle Club

One of the few brands offering red wine in a can, choose from Nice’s Malbec, Sauvignon Blanc or Pale Rosé in a striking can. Head to nice-drinks.co.uk to grab a 6 pack for £20. Also stocked at Sainsbury’s, Amazon and more.

Cansecco

Cansecco
Cansecco

Cansecco Rosé Sparkling Wine 200ml, £3.50, BoroughBox

These minty green and pastel pink cans with gold lettering contain Italian sparkling wine that tastes as good as it looks. Both dry or ‘Secco’ in style, the Rosé is a fruitier version of Blanco.

Beer and cider in a can

Wild Card Brewery

Wild Card
Tesco

Wild Card Ella Ipa 440ml, £3,Tesco

The people at Wild Card are dedicated to creating new and enticing recipes at their Walthamstow brewery. This is just one of their inventive and illustrative designs on their IPA packed with Ella, sabro and citra hops, but we also love this range that depicts Wetland birds.

Villages

Villages
Shop Cuvée

Villages Whistles, Lager, £3.50, Shop Cuvée

Started by two brothers, Villages’ artistic cans and names – Whistle, Rodeo, Rafiki – are enough to get us to try a can.

Sandfords Red Cider

Sandford Orchards’ Devon Red Cider is a naturally tasty and uniquely crisp apple cider. Not your average supermarket cider, it’s fruitier and has a sweet tang. It is a medium cider created from apples grown and pressed in Devon by Sandford Orchards, the oldest working cider mill in the UK. Available online from www.sandfordorchards.co.uk and from selected retail outlets priced at £35 for 24 x 330ml cans.

Gosnell’s Mead

For those looking for something a little different, Gosnells have this month put their signature Mead into a can, so you can take a little stash of sweet honey deliciousness anywhere this summer. The new Gosnells Original Wildflower Mead is gluten free, with no added sulphites. Alcohol is 4% abv and it is made from 100% honey and with no added sugars. Priced at £10 per 4-pack from Gosnells.co.uk including P&P.

Non-alcoholic drinks in a can

Sea & T

This alcohol-free can is a mix of juniper, samphire and blood orange, with a light Indian tonic water. While not a dupe of a G&T it has a good kick and flavour that is often missing from no-alcohol ‘spirit’ blends. Priced at £28.20 for 12 cans from the Sea Arch website, and also available in a rosé version.

STRYKK

Strykk drinks
Strykk

Not G*n and Not R*m cans mixed (pack of 6), £12, Strykk

Strykk cans, which come in a gin and tonic or rum and cola flavour, are just 18 calories each. They also contain 0g of sugar and are vegan, making them one of the healthiest non-alcoholic alternatives on the market.

What’s more is that they really do taste like the actual alcoholic drinks. Strykk products, including its bigger bottles, are available to buy on Ocado, Amazon Prime, STRYKK.com and Funkin.co.uk.

Belvoir Sparkling Elderflower

Made with elderflower extract mixed with lightly sparkling water, this is both a refreshing alcohol-free treat and a great ingredient for homemade cocktails. Give your favourite cocktail a tasty twist with a little of this poured in. Priced at £4.95 for 4 x 250ml cans, available from most major supermarkets.

Caleño

Caleno drinks
Caleño

Light and Zesty cans (pack of 12), £24, Caleño

These Light & Zesty non-alcoholic spirits are just that. Caleño offers a refreshing infusion of tropical, citrus and spice botanicals featuring the South American golden Inca berry to bring the exotic to you.

PUNCHY Drinks

Punchy
Farmdrop

PUNCHY Drinks Cucumber, Yuzu & Rosemary 6 x 250ml, £11.99, Farmdrop

Gone are the days when your choices of a soft canned drink are restricted to the likes of Coca-Cola, Sprite and Fanta, these days staying sober doesn’t mean missing out on the fun. As demonstrated by PUNCHY and their array of interesting concoctions: blood orange, bitters & cardamon, peach, ginger & chai and cucumber, yuzu & rosemary.

Belvoir

Belvoir Farm
Belvoir Farm

Belvoir Raspberry Lemonade Can 12 x 250ml, £14.95, Pantry House

Belvior drinks are always made by infusing, pressing and cooking fresh flowers, fruits and spices, blended with local spring water, and the canned varieties are no different, including sparkling elderflower, ginger beer and raspberry lemonade.

Karma Cola

Karma Cola
Farmdrop

Karma Cola 4 cans (250ml), £4.99, Farmdrop

Karma’s original cola recipe is made of real cola nut grown by the Mende and Temne people in Boma, Sierra Leone. Proceeds from each bottle go to the growers’ families to re-establish their lives in the aftermath of civil war and ebola. Good for growers, good for the land and as good for you as fizzy drinks can be.

Nitro-charged Mocktails™

The award-winning ready-to-drink alcohol-free cocktail company has just launched its brand new nitro-charged slim cans. The cans are non-carbonated but contain a clever widget that adds a visual and aromatic experience on popping the can open – much like the effect achieved after a cocktail shake.

Each of the four Mocktails flavours are 100% natural, sustainable, and ethically sourced. They’re also vegan, gluten free, low in sugar and calories, and the canned packaging is 100% recyclable too. Choose from a Mockarita, Mockapolitan, Mockscow Mule and Sansgria. The cans are available from the Mocktails online shop  priced at £26.99 for 12 x 200ml cans.