Canned Wines Are Portable, Refreshing As Hell, and Basically Made For Summer

All the best canned options for those nights sippin' on the fire escape.

August 27, 2017 ● 3 min read

By Alexandra Cavallo | Image via Ramona and Derek Salvatore

Speaking of getting in your summer kicks while you still can, might we suggest getting those kicks in a can?  

For us Certified Adults, the allure of running after the ice cream truck, bare feet sizzling to a nice medium rare on the pavement, a wad of crumpled bills (begged off an overheated parent) clutched in sticky fists—has lost a bit of its luster. In return though, we get the joy of cracking a cold one on a sweltering summer day. And, sure, we’re a little late to be putting in work on our #BeachBodies at this point (there’s always next year?), but in a nod to city stoop sipping, we rounded up our favorite boozy, aluminum-swaddled bev alternatives to beer: namely, canned wine and cocktails.  

Case in point: newcomers like Half Seas Cocktails, a line of canned libations from the creator of Scrappy’s Bitters, which include pre-mixed classic cocktails like a Paloma and a daiquiri. “The cocktail has integrated itself into our daily lives. It’s no longer the esoteric niche that it once was—consumers have come to know and expect a decent cocktail at most places where they eat and drink,” says High Seas 
Director of Operations Kia Karimi. "Consumers have come to have this expectation, the next obvious hurdle is in convenience without compromise. In comes the canned cocktail."

We’ll cheers to that.
Here’s to a little more late-summer fire escapism.

Underwood Wines in a Can
Much like the devilish duo on House of Cards, these Underwoods are stylish, discreet, and pack a mean punch. Each sleek can holds 375ml of wine: the equivalent of half a standard bottle. So, while the temptation to slug ‘em like Miller High Lifes is high, we suggest practicing a modicum of moderation. And, much like House of Cards, Underwood Wines—currently available in pinot noir, pinot gris, rosé, sparkling rosé or “bubbly”—are addicting as hell.  

Ramona Wine Coolers
Full stop: This Ramona has no affiliation whatsoever with Real Housewife of New York Ramona Singer’s line of “wines.” Unlike Singer, whose sole credential for hawking wine is a preternatural ability to mainline pinot grigio, stare unblinkingly and unsettlingly into a camera, and catfight simultaneously, this sparkling, organic Sicilian wine blended with not-from-concentrate ruby red grapefruit juice, is the brainchild of Jordan Salcito, Wine & Spirits’ 2013 “Best New Sommelier” and powerhouse behind the wine programs of the Momofuku empire. So: you know it’s good. Feel free to channel your best Real Studio-Denizen of Bushwick while enjoying.  

Alloy Wine Works
These retro-y cans even look like beers, which only adds to the appeal. Produced by Andrew Jones of California’s Field Recordings (who knows a thing or two about good grapes) they’re currently available in just two varieties, pinot noir and Grenache rosé, and sold in supremely sippable four-packs.  

Portland Sangria Sure, once upon a time, sangria in a can was a concept Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein could have anchored a whole episode of Portlandia around. These days, though, canned cocktails have gone as mainstream as the IFC series, and that ain’t a bad thing. These Oregon-produced sangrias are made with solid wines and fresh juices and herbs, for interesting flavor profiles that include Raspberry Loganberry Cardamom, Blueberry Basil and Lemon Ginger Rosemary.  

Hochstadter's Slow & Low Rock And Rye Here’s one for the stiff drinkers. Originally packaged in bottles, the Slow & Low is made with Hochstadter's 84 proof extra dry aged rye whiskey, raw honey, air-dried Florida navel oranges, Angostura-style bitters and a touch of rock candy for sweetness. Now a 100 ml canned classic, the Rock and Rye is a retro cocktail dating back a few hundred years, when it was the drink of choice for discerning gentleman in barrooms across America. All good things come full circle.  

Electric Rosé Wine Company OK, OK. So this isn’t technically a canned beverage. But we’d be remiss in our tippling tips if we didn’t bring this to your attention: Wine in a POUCH. Think of it as a Capri Sun for grown-ups! We’ll proudly drink a pouch of rosé whenever—and wherever—we see fit.