9 Summer Drinks You Need To Try ASAP
Ready to take a break and have a fun and safe May long weekend? The pandemic may have your vacation plans in limbo, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a refreshing beverage on your own or with friends and family wherever it is safe to do so! A sunny day and a cold drink go hand-in-hand, and these companies have been working extra hard over the past year to launch new and exciting products amidst a global pandemic. The upcoming May long weekend is the perfect time to test out these new summer drinks and find a new favourite .
From fruity and flavourful to tart and refreshing, this summer’s new beverage lineup has something for everyone. We’ve outlined nine of the best drinks to have in hand this May long weekend and beyond.
SoCIAL LITE Mango Lemonade
Ever crave the refreshing taste of lemonade but steer clear of the drink due to its high sugar content? Well, SoCIAL LITE’s Mango Lemonade is the perfect solution. With zero sugar and zero carbs, the Mango Lemonade is flavourful and light and will leave you wanting more. If Mango isn’t the flavour for you, see if the Pink or Blackberry Lemonade is more your style. Founded in 2013 by three best friends; Dan, Kevin, and Neetu, SoCIAL LITE has become a staple in the ready to drink category, and these new flavours are sure to cement its spot in your cooler.
Vizzy Hard Seltzer
The wait is finally over, Vizzy drinks are now available in Canada! Perfect for a hot summer day or a fun night out, Vizzy has you covered with a mix of fruity yet refreshing flavours. Launched by Molson Coors, Vizzy is the first hard seltzer with Superfruit Acerola Cherry. The superfruit adds a hint of sweetness that is undeniable but stops before the point of overbearing. Your choice of flavours includes Pineapple Mango, Blueberry Pomegranate, Black Cherry Lime and Strawberry Kiwi. Vizzy can be purchased in six-packs as well as a variety in 12or 24 packs.
Georgian Bay Half Smash
If you’re looking for something light and refreshing, this drink is for you. From award-winning Georgian Bay Gin and Vodka, the Half Smash is the perfect can to have in hand when you want to have fun, but not too much fun. Sitting at 2.5 percent alcohol with 100 calories, the Half Smash is uniquely crafted for the casual drinker. Available in both peach and citrus, each sip of a Half Smash embodies the flavours of summer. Of course, if you’re looking for something with a little more punch (and alcohol content) the original Georgian Bay Gin Smash is always a winner in our books. Both beverages can be purchased at your local LCBO.
Lonetree Apple Rhubarb Cider
Dry cider may not be for everyone, but add pineapple, cranberry, or even ginger and suddenly everyone is a fan! Lonetree founders know this to be true, as their story began in the orchards of Kelowna, BC, and made its way all across Canada. The latest addition, Apple Rhubarb Cider, adds a perfect fruity yet sour twist to your typical cider. This fruity and bubbly drink pairs perfectly with both salty and sweet foods. Best of all, as a Canadian-owned company, Lonetree supports Canadian farmers and sustainable farming practices as they work with local orchardists across provinces. Containing 5.5 percent alcohol in a 355ml can, Apple Rhubarb Cider can be found nationwide at your local liquor store in packs of six or individually.
Palm Bay Rainbow Twist
If you have a sweet tooth, the new Palm Bay Rainbow Twist is calling your name. Bursting with flavours of watermelon, cherry, and blue raspberry, each sip from the can provides you with a well-rounded, flavourful taste. Perfect as a dessert drink, the Rainbow Twist is a must-have for those summer nights. If you’re looking for a low-sugar option, Palm Bays also offers sugar-free vodka sodas in three different flavours; Blackberry Lemon, Key Lime Cherry, and Tangerine Mist.
Good Sunday Gin Sodas
Founded in Toronto, Good Sunday Gin Sodas are a hidden gem in the world of alcoholic beverages. Perfect for a relaxing evening before the start of a busy week, Good Sunday will give you a taste of alcohol while keeping your mind clear for the next morning. At 3 percent, Good Sunday has a slightly lower alcohol percentage than your regular drink but keeps all the flavour. Currently available in Lemon and Grapefruit, both are low-sugar and made with real fruit juice. Founded in 2019 by two friends, Christian and Dylan, who wanted an alcoholic drink that would spare them the aftermath of spending a night out, we’d say they achieved it.
Cottage Spring Raspberry Vodka Lemonade
Looking for a drink a little sweeter than vodka water? Try Cottage Spring’s Vodka Lemonade! Recently added to its line-up, the Raspberry Vodka Lemonade is the perfect summer drink if you are looking for a fruity and flavourful taste. The beverage is both low sugar and low carb and comes in a 355ml can. What makes this drink stand out is the use of real fruit juice to bring out the strong raspberry flavour. As a new offering, it has yet to appear on Cottage Spring’s website but keep an eye out in your local retailers. Get ready for your Instagram feed to be filled with pictures of this can this summer!
Granville Island Brewing Peach Sour
Peaches are a top choice when it comes to picking a snack on a hot summer day. Imagine the taste of peaches paired with your favourite Granville Island Brewing beverage, a perfect mix of sour and fruity! Granville Island Brewing’s new summer flavour the Peach Sour is packed with real peach flavour, which brings out a sweet and tangy side to the Island brew. Located in one of Vancouver’s most lively hubs, Granville Island attracts both locals and tourists with its display of art murals and local shops. The local brewery gained amplified attention when it was purchased by Moslon Coors in 2009, making this hidden gem known nationwide.
Villa One Tequilla
If you’re more of a straight shooter, we’ve got you covered! From tequila shots to margaritas, Villa One is the perfect addition to your liquor cabinet this summer. The award-winning handcrafted tequila was co-founded by none other than musician Nick Jonas and fashion designer John Varvatos. Villa One gains its unique taste by combining agave flavours from both the highland and lowland regions of Jalisco, giving it an earthy yet fruity taste and smooth finish. Perfect by itself or in your favourite cocktail recipe, Villa One is available in three expressions: Silver, Reposado, and Añejo.