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We’re heading into the “dog days” of summer now and that means it’s hot, hot, hot and all we want to do is kick back on a patio/beach/dock with something cold and delicious. Now, we’ve already got lunch, dinner, and dessert (plus dessert snack) covered, but what’s in your cooler?

If you’re looking for a cool cocktail in a can or a light cider to sip, we might just have your new favourite bevy. We’re keeping it fresh; we’re keeping it light; and we’re keeping it sweet-enough-for-a-treat-but-not-too-sweet-you-know?

Check out our extensive list of cocktails, coolers, non-alcoholic bevys, radlers, ciders and sodas to keep your cooler stocked for the rest of the summer. Seriously, if you can’t find something that speaks to you in this list, maybe water is the way to go.

SoCIAL LITE Vodka Cocktails

Lightly carbonated with flavours to make your palette sing, SoCIAL LITE is only 80 to 100 calories per can and is totally unsweetened. Now that’s something we can get behind!

Most intriguing flavour: Spiked Peach Iced Tea (we’re suckers for a good Southern peach tea).

 

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Strongbow Apple Ciders

There are a lot of ciders out there and for those of us who like them just the right amount of sweet, there’s Strongbow. The brand’s latest offering is certainly its most intriguing—a rosé cider made from red-fleshed apples which are pink or red on the inside!

Most intriguing flavour: Rosé Apple (it’s an apple that’s red on the inside).

 

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Spiked Seltzer

Spiked seltzers are relatively new in more ways than one—not only are they the latest cooler trend, they also use a fermentation process new to commercial beverages. Rather than being spiked with vodka, gin, rum or any of those other bar rail staples, Spiked Seltzer’s neutral alcohol comes from fermented sugars.

Most intriguing flavour: Grapfruit Vodka Soda (there are only two options, and TBH this one’s better).

 

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Mott’s Clamato Caesar

An oldie but a goodie. If you don’t want to stock all the fixings of a Caesar, which TBH is quite the commitment, a Caesar in a can is a good alternative. No, you won’t get celery salt in your teeth or a crunchy stalk to nibble on while you drink, but this is your portable easy alternative.

Most intriguing flavour: The Works (including additional spices, hot sauce and horseradish).

 

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Cottage Springs Vodka Soda

Another option if you’re looking for something light, this vodka-soda tastes like you made it yourself and then squeezed a tiny bit of flavouring into it. We mean that in the best way possible. Shout out to our vodka-soda drinkers!

Most intriguing flavour: Watermelon (you can’t go wrong with watermelon).

 

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Smirnoff Ice Sangria

Now, there isn’t a way to truly replicate the experience of drinking sangria within the confines of a can—is it just us or is the boozy fruit at the end the best part?—but this is an option if you want that winey-fruity flavour without the whole hassle of actually making a pitcher of sangria.

Most intriguing flavour: Rosé (who doesn’t love a summertime rosé?).

 

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Jack Daniel’s & Cola

Speaking of streamlining our drink-making, Jack Daniel’s cans can get you the Jack & Coke you love without the mixing. It might sound like we’ve gone full Millennial, but anyone who’s shown up to a party with a bottle of liquor and their own cans of mix knows there has to be an easier way.

Most intriguing flavour: Cola (keepin’ it classic).

 

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Georgian Bay Gin Smash

Is it just us or is the complexity of gin totally underrated? We love a good juniper palette-teaser and the classic Gin Smash from Georgian Bay is just the perfect citrusy blend. They don’t have a whole lot of flavour options, but last year’s innovation—cranberry—quickly became a fave.

Most intriguing flavour: Cranberry Gin Smash (we love a tart cocktail).

 

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Founder’s Original Cocktails

Do we know that making a can look super sleek and writing “premium” on it was probably just a marketing ploy? Yes. Are we still going to feel hella fancy with this in our hand? Also yes. Founder’s Originals are possibly the prettiest cans in the cooler section and they come in sophisticated-sounding flavours like “Seville Orange Bourbon Sour” and “Rye & Thai Ginger Ale.” How can we resist?

Most intriguing flavour: Grapefruit Tequila Paloma (doesn’t it just sound bougie?).

 

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Grace Island Soda (non-alcoholic)

We said there would be something for those who choose not to imbibe. Island Soda is the closest you’re going to get to a cocktail in a bottle without the alcohol and your options are virtually endless. Plus, you don’t even have to give up the feel of a cold bottle on a hot summer day.

Most intriguing flavour: Pineapple (feel like you’re really on an island).

 

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President’s Choice Black Label Sparkling Beverages (non-alcoholic)

You know what’s 10 times posher than drinking pop? Drinking sparkling soda imported from France with a fancy black label (that can totally be purchased at a grocery chain near you). PC isn’t kidding around with their flavours either, offering a whole variety of delicious-sounding concoctions like Pomegranate Lemon, Coconut Lime and Blood Orange.

Most intriguing flavour: Pink Lemonade (just like at your 10th birthday party).

 

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Simply Watermelon Juice (non-alcoholic)

There is nothing—NOTHING—better than watermelon in the summer and a refreshing bottle of watermelon juice is the perfect way to inject as much of it as possible directly into your veins… Or, you know, you could drink it instead.

Most intriguing flavour: Watermelon (duh).

 

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Moosehead Radler

Back to our boozy selections, if you’re a fan of beer (and even if you’re not), a radler is a nice way to lighten it up and add a shot of fruitiness to your summer drink. Moosehead has diversified its radlers recently and offers not only the classic grapefruit, but also Peach Mango, Blueberry and Watermelon in select provinces. Plus it’s made with real juice so it’s healthy?

Most intriguing flavour: Peach Mango (in case you haven’t picked up on our flavour preferences yet).

 

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Growers Ciders

If you like the concept of alcoholic apple juice but want a little added flavour, Growers is probably the cider for you. They come in almost too many fruity flavours to choose from (we love a variety pack!) including Clementine Pineapple, Honeycrisp Apple, Harvest Stone Fruit, Strawberry Rhubarb, Pear, Orchard Berry and a new Rosé Cider which includes a splash of wine (though it’s only available in Alberta and B.C. right now).

Most intriguing flavour: Strawberry Rhubarb (come on, who else does a rhubarb drink?).

 

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Nutrl Vodka Soda

We all want to be minimalists but most of us just have way too much STUFF to live that life. Nutrl lets you ~pretend~ you’re a minimalist, if only for the amount of time it takes you to finish a can. How sophisticated.

Most intriguing flavour: Pineapple (we want to be minimalists, but not not enough to compromise flavour).

 

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Palm Bay Frozen

It’s fun to get that hit of nostalgia every once in a while—especially in the form of a childhood slushie. Who doesn’t love a boozy version of something you looked forward to every summer as a kid?

Most intriguing flavour: Dragonfruit Watermelon (dragonfruit adds a little maturity, non?).

 

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Vodka Mudshake

What’s chilled booze and dessert in one? A Vodka Mudshake. We really don’t recommend drinking multiple liquor-filled milkshakes in one sitting, but as a treat, these babies pack a punch.

Most intriguing flavour: Hazelnut Ganache (you have our attention).

 

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Schweppes Cocktails

Did you know that Johann Jacob Schweppe was the first person to sell carbonated mineral water way back in 1783? That’s how long we’ve had sparkling water! And now you can have the more adult version in the form of Schweppes cocktails. Guess we’ll pour one out for Johann while we’re at it.

Most intriguing flavour: Blueberry Elderberry (but it’s limited edition, so get it fast!).

 

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Jose Cuervo Margaritas

Jose Cuervo knows tequila, so of course he makes a killer margarita in a can (with a sparkling twist). Serve it over crushed ice, or just sip it from the cold can. Is it just us or are you also craving fish tacos and ceviche now?

Most intriguing flavour: Classic (yummy doesn’t have to be complicated).

 

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Crazy Uncle Cocktails

Crazy Uncle is taking us back, past our childhoods, to a simpler time when human joy was derived from malt shoppes and classic sodas. They’ve got the “grown-up” versions of the best drinks of the era including Cream Soda, Orange Soda, Lemonade and Root Beer.

Most intriguing flavour: Root Beer (boozy root beer float, anyone?).

 

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