8 (delicious) reasons why canned cocktails are making a comeback

Apr 23 2019, 5:53 pm

Nothing screams “The Great Outdoors!” like a smoky barbecue and a refreshing drink on a sunny day. And when it comes to things that deserve to be enjoyed outside, you can’t do better than a ready-to-drink beverage.

They’re perfect for anyone who balks at the thought of having to buy all the ingredients to make a simple cocktail at home — especially when it comes to larger groups of friends. (What are you, a bartender?)

And that’s where ready-to-drink beverages come in. All you have to do is chill, open, and pour (and honestly, you could even skip that last step).

Over 50 new and exciting ready-to-drink cocktails, coolers, and ciders have arrived at BC Liquor Stores this month, and whether you’re after low-calorie coolers, fruity ciders, rosé spritzers, or even cucumber Caesars, you’ll be covered. Here are our top picks:

Pyur Peach Vodka Soda

Pyur Peach Vodka Soda/BC Liquor Stores

Tasting of juicy, sun-riped peaches, and at only 90 calories per can with zero carbs, sugar, and preservatives, this might be your new go-to vodka soda. And, BC Liquor Stores are the only places in the province where you will find this drink!

Nude Lemon Gin Soda

Nude Lemon Gin Soda/BC Liquor Stores

The newest addition to the Nude family, gin soda has super fresh notes of mint, basil, cucumber, and citrus. Handcrafted in BC using all natural flavours, Nude contains only 100 calories per can and is sugar-free, sweetener-free, and gluten-free.

G&W Distilling Nütrl Pineapple Vodka Soda

G&W Distilling Nütrl Pineapple Vodka Soda/BC Liquor Stores

Made using just vodka, sodium-free carbonated water and natural flavours, Nütrl Vodka Soda is only 98 calories per can and contains no sugar, sweeteners, or preservatives. Their newest flavour has aromas of ripe pineapples with an ultra light and refreshing palate.

Jameson Ginger & Lime

Jameson Ginger & Lime/BC Liquor Stores

This is bound to be one of the most popular ready-to-drink beverages this summer. Expect the classic taste of Jameson Irish Whiskey paired with fresh ginger and lime zest notes that provide a sweet and spicy sensation on the palate.

Hey Y’All Southern Mint Hard Iced Tea

Hey Y’All Southern Mint Hard Iced Tea/BC Liquor Stores

This ready-to-drink cooler pairs the classic taste of Hey Y’All Hard Iced Tea with southern mint for a shockingly tasty drink. Fresh, bright, and lightly sweet, it finishes clean with a cooling mouthfeel. Definitely a must-try this summer!

BC Tree Fruits Cider Broken Ladder Rosé

BC Tree Fruits Cider Broken Ladder Rosé/BC Liquor Stores

Made using fresh-pressed BC apples and cherries with no added water or processed sugar, this new rosé cider is naturally gluten-free. It features flavours of sour cherries and hibiscus flowers that are perfect for those who love a fruity, fresh, drink!

Mott’s Clamato Cucumber Gin Caesar

Mott’s Clamato Cucumber Gin Caesar/BC Liquor Stores

Are you still yet to be convinced when it comes to Caesars? This new cucumber gin flavour may just be the one to change your mind. The cucumber flavour adds coolness and freshness to the classic cocktail, and it also makes a great counterpoint to the savoury taste of the Caesar!

Gordon’s Pink Gin & Tonic

Gordon’s Pink Gin & Tonic/BC Liquor Stores

The Gordon’s Pink Gin & Tonic has flavours of juicy strawberries, raspberries, and redcurrants with a lip-smacking lemon-lime edge. Serve it in a glass with ice and garnish with fresh strawberries for a truly Instagram-worthy cocktail!


If you’re spoiled for choices, or you want to know what the best drink pairings for your next upcoming summer gathering is, head over to your nearest BC Liquor Store to have a chat with one of their Product Consultants for some expert recommendations!

Have fun, and make sure you enjoy responsibly.

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