Summer drinking typically involves pounding buckets of cold beers, any and all chilled bottles of rose, and unfortunate sunburn lines. But your warm-weather day drinking is about to make a serious turn this year with an increasingly popular drink: alcoholic seltzer waters. The threat of sunburn, however, will remain.
One brand of the boozy "water," Spiked Seltzer, has been around for years now, but the upcoming launch of a competing brand called Nauti Seltzer next month is cracking open a case of new interest in the low-carb, gluten-free, and [insert health-centric buzzword here] beverage category. The appeal is pretty simple: a bottle of Spiked Seltzer, for example, has about the same amount of alcohol as a beer (6% ABV), but less than half the carbs -- 5g versus roughly 13g, according to a report by BuzzFeed. Basically, you can get just as buzzed and experience slightly less regret later.
Nauti Seltzer, which launches early next month, claims to offer a similar deal: "a low calorie, low carb, refreshing, new alternative in the fast growing hard soda category," according to its website. A can of Nauti, which like Spiked Seltzer comes in multiple flavors, contains 110 calories and 5g of carbs, and a 5% ABV. However, it's unclear if Nauti Seltzer is also gluten-free, based on the product's description and packaging. Either way, boozy seltzer could just become a "thing" this summer, but don't expect rose and those buckets of Coronas to go anywhere.
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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and could go for a drink -- any drink -- right about now. Send news tips to email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.