Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Canned Cocktail Review: Rebel Hard Coffee

My coffee consumption is limited to the morning, which can mean anywhere from 5:30 a.m. to noon. 

But after I tasted Rebel hard coffee, I’ve expanded coffee time until about 9 p.m.

This is part of my continuing canned cocktail reviews. The Rebel drinks were officially launched late last year by Twelve5 Beverage Co. (The drinks were originally called Brown Bomber Hard Coffee, but were renamed.)

There are three year-round drinks: Hard Cold Brew, Vanilla Hard Latte and one I didn’t get to taste, Mocha Hard Latte. I did sip one of the seasonal brews, Peppermint Mocha Latte. It’s a lotta latte, and I would be happy for more. 

A feature that should be mentioned is the can, a tall, slim drink of a can that’s as smooth as the liquid inside. It just feels good holding the can before you give it a good shake and open it. I haven’t found any other canned cocktails to have that feature.

Added to the base 100 percent Arabica coffee are milk (for the lattes), malt, and natural flavors. The Hard Cold Brew has only 4 percent ABV (alcohol by volume), meaning it won’t make you see double. The lattes have 5 percent ABV. All have as much caffeine as in a half-cup of regular coffee. As for calories: The cold brew has 115 calories, but the latte calorie counts are not included on the cans or the website. That means they probably can stand in for a mid-day snack all by themselves, calorie-wise, because they contain milk. 

But what a snack! There’s a touch of sweetness in all the drinks, making them more like milkshakes, and come to think of it, they would be terrific poured over ice cream. The vanilla hard latte reminded me of a cappuccino, the cold brew isn’t as sweet.

Regular readers know I don’t rave over a lot of things, but these now have me hooked. You can find them at Total Wine stores, where a four-pack of the 11.2-oz. cans of the cold brew are $10.99, and the peppermint four-pack is $9.99 (but will only be sold through January). 

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Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber
Lynn Kalber was raised in Boca Raton and has always worked in Palm Beach and Broward counties. She is a career journalist, with 26 years at The Palm Beach Post alone, where she wrote feature and food articles, edited the food section and wrote about wine as part of the Swirl Girls.

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