Summer in a Can: Tasting Cutwater Drinks

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Whether you’re still staying at home or headed out to a park or beach with a picnic, you’ll need an easy liquid refreshment, and you’re lucky — the canned alcoholic drink market is exploding with options. I’ve already written about some local-grown options with Miami Cocktails. Here are more flavors from Cutwater Spirits in San Diego, Calif. These are easy to toss into a cooler or fridge, plus require no mixing!

In the canned category, Cutwater makes both classic cocktails and vodka sodas and an elderflower vodka spritz. All the vodka is made by Cutwater, too. 

The classic cocktails include the vodka mule, spicy Bloody Mary, Tiki Rum Mai Tai, Rum Mint Mojito, Paloma, Gin & Tonic, Rum & Cola, Whiskey Mule, Cold Brew Cocktail, Whiskey Highball, Rum & Ginger, Whiskey Lemon Tea and the Tequila Lime Margarita.

I tasted the Tequila Lime Margarita, with 12.5 percent alcohol, and lime, orange and triple sec flavors. It’s a lighter drink, with a 7 out of 10 for good flavor. It does pack a 12.5 percent alcohol kick, but the alcohol doesn’t hit you over the head. You can taste the tequila, lime, orange and triple sec. I’d serve this in a glass and pretend I’d made it! A four-pack costs $12.99.

Then I tried three vodka sodas: cucumber, grapefruit and lime. They cost $9.99 for a four-pack, and are sold at Total Wine, B&B Bodega in Delray, Walmart in Boynton Beach, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Walgreens in Loxahatchee and West Palm Beach, Chevron in Delray Beach and Pat’s Beverages and Liquors in Delray Beach.

Cucumber Vodka Soda was the highlight of the three, with a clean cucumber smell the minute the top is popped, followed by a lightly flavored cucumber soda that’s refreshing and very good by itself. This one I’ll definitely drink again. 

Grapefruit Vodka Soda also has a clean smell and taste, but the grapefruit isn’t as pronounced. And the Lime Vodka Soda was the lightest of the three in both smell and taste. 

These mixed can drinks add variety to the home bar and are easy to keep on hand – and chilled – for easy prep. I predict these will stay a staple on the bar scene.