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Summer isn’t over yet. If you haven’t heard, there is another heatwave that is about to strike the U.S., and this time, it’s going to be nationwide. That means near record-breaking temperatures and finding ways to stay cool and refreshed. Some will retreat to air-conditioned rooms while others will head to the nearest beach or swimming pool.

No matter where you decide to hang out to beat the summer heat, you’re going to need to stay hydrated. Yes, drink plenty of water. However, should you choose to grab something a bit stronger, here's a list of the best canned cocktails out there.

You don’t have to worry about mixing anything together because they’re premade! They’re easy, they’re portable, and they are delicious. All you have to do is grab a cooler, put them on ice, and go. Just make sure you have a koozie.

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Cantina Especial Tequila Soda

These drinks come in a 4-pack and are 5.6% ABV which is about 11 Proof per can. These carbonated tequila cocktails come in 3 flavors: Grapefruit Paloma, Watermelon Margarita, and Ranch Water. If you’re not familiar with Ranch Water, it’s tequila, soda water, and a squeeze of lime. The best part besides the taste? They are only 99 Calories, 0 Sugars, and 1 Gram Carbs! They are made with blanco tequila harvested from Mexico and are available in over 40 states. Find your nearest outlet with the Drizly app. If I had to pick just one flavor, I would go with the Grapefruit Paloma, it’s refreshing and crisp.

Bacardi Mojito

Who doesn’t love a Mojito? The mint, the soda water, the sweetness…it’s so refreshing. These are also found in a 4-pack and are slightly more potent with 5.9% ABV which is about 12 Proof per 12-ounce can. Made with Bacardi Superior Rum, these cocktails come in five different flavors: Rum Punch, Mojito, Bahama Mama, Limon & Lemonade, Lime & Soda, Sunset Punch. The Mojito, Rum Punch, and Sunset punch are available in a variety pack if you can’t decide what you like best. These ready-to-drink canned cocktails are Gluten Free, 19 grams Sugar, 19.2 grams Carbs, and 198 calories. Available in the Drizly app.

Bombay Sapphire Gin and Tonic

Gin. You either love it or you hate it. Bombay Sapphire makes a pretty good cocktail. They’re relatively new to the market but they’re definitely catching up. This 4-pack is ready for some ice and a slice of lime! It’s the Bombay Gin you have come to know and love, the same botanical and citrus flavor, now in a can. The G&T regular is 5.9% which is 12 Proof while the light tonic version is 98 calories and 0 sugars. You can find both regular and light premixed drinks on the Drizly app.

Ketel One Botanical Spritz Peach Orange Blossom

I do love a good Ketel and soda. This cocktail in a can is pretty good. You get the peach orange blossom flavor mixed in with the sparkling water. This non-GMO vodka is only 3.6% ABV which is around 7 Proof it’s also only 73 calories. Seems there’s a theme with the 4-packs because you guessed it, it comes in a 4-pack. You can also find Ketel One in Cucumber and Mint or Grapefruit and Rose, all flavors are 0 Carbs, no added sugar or artificial flavors. You can find each of the flavors on the Drizly app.

Monaco Vodka & Soda Lemon Lime

If you haven’t heard of the Monaco line, you definitely need to check them out. They are available in vodka or tequila and they have so many flavors to choose from. I’ll talk about my two favorites: the Lemon Lime and the Mango Peach. First, let me tell you that each Monaco has 2 shots of vodka or tequila in it. They have 9% ABV and is about 18 Proof. That’s quite the amount of alcohol compared to the rest of the premixed cocktails I told you about.

The Mango Peach is sweeter and has more calories and carbs because of the sugar. The Lemon Lime is a Keto-friendly drink because it has 0 sugar and 0 carbs. All in all, there are about 12 different flavors; some come in “light” versions with only 69 Calories but still 0 carbs and 0 sugars. Pretty good if you’re a little more calorie-conscious. Most of the Monaco's ready-to-drink canned cocktails are available through alcohol delivery as well. You can find the Lemon Lime on the Drizzly App.

Really the only question that is left unanswered is which flavor of these canned cocktails are you going to choose? Or, you could buy them all and put them into the ice chest or refrigerator. Each 4-pack is under $15.00 excluding any delivery but I’d say the next time you’re at the grocery store or a liquor warehouse, pick some up. You won’t be disappointed.

The best part about it is that you don’t have to get up from your chair by the pool or stand up from the blanket on the beach. All you have to do is reach over to the cooler and grab a drink and quite possibly a cup filled with ice. Imagine sitting there listening to the waves crash as you hear that unmistakable crack of the tab and the hiss from the fizz being released; the can ice cold and you take that first sip and realize how amazing it tastes and how it’s refreshing in this sweltering summer heat.

Don’t worry, if you don’t make to the beach or that swimming pool. You’ll be able to enjoy these canned cocktails year-round!

Also, one more thing. Please drink responsibly.

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