Published on November 26th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


7 Canned Drinks You Ought To Stock Up On For Your Home

When you live in a beach town like I do — beautiful Long Beach, New York, that is — odds are that you host regularly. Barbecuing may be more common for the warmer months of the year, yet game nights, holiday parties, brunches and birthday celebrations tend to be year-round happenings. And while not everyone prefers to do their drinking at bars or restaurants, it can be difficult to say no to any sort of cold drink within the comfort of the home of a friend or a loved one.

When it comes to serving up some beverages in a home setting, it can be space-consuming — and sometimes messy in addition — to offer up drinks in glasses. Bottles can also be problematic in leaving potential for your sloppier guests to inconveniently drop one later in the evening. In turn, you may want to consider a canned drink as all sorts of top-quality beverages are coming in canned form these days, including beer, wine, CBD-infused seltzers and already-mixed cocktails.

Below are 7 of the latest and/or greatest can-friendly brands I have had the privilege of trying, and absolutely recommend stocking one of your fridges (and/or outdoors-ready coolers) with.

#1: Miami Cocktail Company

The Miami Cocktail Company recently released a collection of wine-based Organic SPRITZ canned cocktails in the fall on a national level after a successful South Florida campaign earlier in the year. Created by Miami spirits industry and hospitality veterans Ross Graham and Simon Benstead, Miami Cocktail products are all-natural and made with authentic and wholesome ingredients with no additives, preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. These delicious, ready-to-drink, gluten free cocktails come in four-packs of five vibrant flavors — including Organic Sangria SPRITZ, Organic Bellini SPRITZ and Organic Mimoasa SPRITZ — and contain 4.2 percent ABV and only 110 calories per can. Simple ingredients, surprisingly-great taste.

#2: BABE Rose

BABE was founded in 2016 by Josh “The Fat Jewish” Ostrovsky and brothers David Oliver Cohen and Tanner Cohen. In 2018, BABE joined Anheuser-Busch when the company’s global growth and innovation group ZX Ventures acquired a minority stake in the company, and in June of this year Anheuser-Busch acquired the remaining stake in BABE.

Earlier this year, BABE turned a lot of heads via a hilarious video starring Kayla Nicole, on-camera host and girlfriend of Kansas City Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce. In the spot, she can be seen fully clad in football gear tackling a pretentious sommelier and announcing BABE as the “football wine” we’ve all been waiting for. In turn, BABE is not only the most photographed wine on Instagram, but it is now also served in 12 stadiums across the country with more to be added.

#3: Stone Brewing

Earlier in the year, Metallica and Arrogant Consortia — a Stone Brewing imprint — announced Enter Night Pilsner. Yet that is only one of Stone Brewing’s interesting collaborations from this year. Enter Jägermeister Arrogant Bastard Ale. Brewed in Berlin, this 8.5 percent ABV ale is brewed with the secretive proprietary blend of herbs, roots, fruits and spices provided by the gatekeepers at Jägermeister in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. Yes, there’s a town in Germany with that name. Yes, it’s where Jägermeister is headquartered and made. And yes, it’s awesome.

#4: Flying Embers

Flying Embers is a Handcrafted Hard Kombucha with live probiotics and botanicals with zero sugar at both 4.5 percent ABV and 6.5 percent ABV. This organic Hard Kombucha is made from a sparkling fermented tea kombucha culture with adaptogens, and it is both gluten-free and vegan. Flying Embers’ flavor line has introduced two new flavors: Grapefruit Thyme (launched nationally) and Pineapple Chilli (launched in Southern California). These new flavors join Ancient Berry, Lemon Orchard, and Ginger & Oak. In turn, there is something for all palettes, assuming your palette enjoys kombucha.

#5: Cutwater Spirits

Cutwater Spirits recently launched its first ever tequila: Rayador Tequila Blanco. A leader in the canned cocktails space, Cutwater is one of the few distillers in San Diego to distill authentic tequila. For the past two years, Cutwater Spirits’ master distiller and founder Yuseff Cherney has traveled to Jalisco, Mexico to perfect the brand’s recipe. Ultimately, Cutwater Rayador Tequila Blanco is made of 100 percent blue agave and features notes of a slight grassy aroma. This tequila offering joins Cutwater’s portfolio of high-quality spirits, including house-made whiskey, vodka, gin, rum, liqueur, mixers, and other canned cocktails.


MAD TASTY was founded by GRAMMY-winning musician Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic and it is the first non-musical product Tedder has created. The brand’s new Hemp Extract-Infused Sparkling Water was created to help him and his peers to relax, hydrate, and boost their creativity. Battling anxiety and panic attacks since 2017, Teddler started using CBD/hemp extract and wanted a way to take it every day without the bitter CBD/hemp taste and he’s not alone. Notably, MAD TASTY features zero sugar, while also being vegan, low-calorie and non-GMO. It is currently available in two refreshing flavors: Watermelon Kiwi and Grapefruit. And for every 12-ounce can sold, MAD TASTY donates 12 ounces of clean water to people and places in need through DROP4DROP; since 2006, over 1.3 million people have benefited from DROP4DROP clean water projects.

#7: UGLY Energized

UGLY Energized comes from Britain’s top-selling sparkling water brand. Available in a 16-ounce can, UGLY Energized is powered by 160mg of caffeine with guarana and ginseng. As with other UGLY Drinks, Energized has zero sugar, zero calories and nothing artificial within the can. Berry is my personal favorite of the offerings, all of which I found to be tasty and satisfying while giving the expected morning pick-me-up.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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