Summertime means two things: Good drinks when the sun is out and beach trips. The two rarely collide unless you’re a die hard fan of cheap six-packs of mass produced lager. Which if you are, fine, continue to live your best life. But for the rest of us, an upgrade on beach drinks is in order. From other canned beverages to big batch cocktails to liquor so good you can sip it straight, these are the best beach drinks for when you want more than whatever sixer you found at the bodega.
Good drinks come to those who are prepared. This batched cocktail is perfect for when you’re hanging out with people who you actually like sharing your concoctions with. The best part: It’s as portable as it is beach worthy. All you need to do is grab a plastic gallon jug and build the cocktail inside of it. It’s made with lemonade, cranberry juice and white rum. In other words, it’s made with everything you should be wanting to taste while listening to the waves lap up against the sand.
When you go to a beach that doesn’t allow glass, you’re normally left with two options: beer or break the rules. Time to add canned Caipirinhas to that list. Novo Fogo makes a sparkling canned version of Brazil’s national cocktail and it’ll make you feel like you’re on the beach in Rio even if you’re in Maine. They’re light, fizzy and so good that you probably won’t even mind if you get a little sand in your drink.
Rosé cider is tart, crisp, refreshing and all the rage these days. Virtue Cider is made with 100-percent heirloom Michigan apples and aged in French oak barrels. It’s pink hue comes from a blend of botanicals. It’s also 6.7 percent alcohol, making it a slightly stronger sipper than that beer you left in the convenience store, but not so strong that you can’t play drinking games with them just like you would with a brew. Plus they’re only around $10 for a six pack. You’re safe in the hands of cider’s light buzz.
Pretty much any cocktail can be turned into a batched cocktail if you follow a few simple tips, but you can skip all the math and make this Pisco Punch instead. Made with pisco, lemon juice and pineapple gomme syrup (pineapple simple syrup with gum arabic), it’s the perfect balance of tart, boozy and sweet.
As simple as cracking a can and as tasty as a batched cocktail can be, sometimes it’s easiest to just buy a bottle—or, in Stillhouse’s case, a tin—that drinks well on its own. Whiskey is a liquor meant for drinking neat, and while flavored whiskey doesn’t normally get a chance to shine, Stillhouse Coconut could be the whiskey that changes your opinion on the whole category. It tastes and smells like fresh toasted coconut and Piña Coladas, and is silky smooth when drunk over ice. The company was thinking ahead with it’s portable tin cans, making it just as easy to pass around with friends as it is to drink even if there’s a strict no glass rule.