Ready to Drink Beverages for Your Next Summer Outing

Summer is officially here and that means more picnicking, beaching, and road trips. Ready to drink (RTD) beverages are becoming more and more popular for their convenience and versatility. They use top ingredients and have a relatively low ABV (alcohol by volume). It’s great to have a variety of them chilled when everyone at your gathering wants something different. Our readers will like that RTDs come in handy, attractive cans. We have rounded up some of the ones that are currently on the market for Woman Around Town readers. So get ready for some fun and refreshment.

Tia Maria Iced Coffee Frappe – The coffee frappe provides a light pick-me-up with only four percent ABV. It is a ready to drink iced coffee cocktail that features velvety cream foam and the beloved signature taste of Tia Maria. This drink is perfectly balanced and is made with 100 percent Arabica coffee beans. Visit: Tia Maria.

Bomani Cold Buzz Sampler – Designed with a sleek look, BOMANI is formulated with naturally lower-calorie, zero carb, zero sugar, gluten-free alcohol and ethically sourced 100 percent Arabica coffee beans. With two rich flavors, Orginal and Vanilla available nationwide in major retailers, BOMANI is the perfect ready to drink cocktail to keep the patriotic festivities going. Visit: Drink Bomani.

Cutwater Spirits – Cutwater Spirits is known for its award-winning lineup of over 20 canned cocktail classics made from its portfolio of bottled spirits that span nearly every spirits category including tequila, vodka, rum, gin, whiskey and liqueur. Co-Founder and Master Distiller Yuseff Cherney began distilling as a side project under Ballast Point Brewing. He started canning cocktails because he wanted to make drinks he could enjoy while doing the things he likes to do. In 2017, Cutwater Spirits was established as a separate entity from the brewery and now operates from a 50,000 square foot distillery and production facility. Visit: Cutwater Spirits.

Truly – This hard seltzer brand has refreshing flavor options to suit all tastes with their classics that include Wild Berry, Blueberry-Acai, Raspberry Lime and Black Cherry and more. Their hard seltzers line also includes Lemonade, Iced Tea, and Punch varieties. Visit: Truly Hard Seltzer.

Honcho Spiked Agua Fresca – These drinks are a boozy, low-calorie twist on the traditional Latin American drink. Made with all-natural fruit wine, spring water and fruit nectar, Honcho Spiked Agua Frescas are a refreshingly low-calorie libation that pair perfectly with chips and salsa, guacamole and tacos. Whether sipping out of the can or mixing in with your favorite cocktail or margarita, these refreshing ready-to-drink cocktails are sure to elevate any celebration. Visit: Drink Honcho.

Monaco Cocktails – This line of ready-to-drink, gluten- and malt-free premium spirit canned cocktails with two shots in every can and nine percent ABV. Monaco combines a unique blend of actual distilled spirits with high-quality ingredients to provide a unique craft and artisan cocktail experience in the convenience and accessibility of sustainable beverage cans. Available in eight bartender-inspired varieties, the baseline flavors include Citrus Rush, Cranberry, Mango Peach, Black Raspberry, Tequila Lime Crush, Blue Crush, Tropic Rush and Purple Crush. Visit: Drink Monaco.

Volley Tequila Seltzer – Volley has just 100-110 calories per can is made with just three ingredients that include 100 percent blue agave tequila, sparkling water and organic juice. The drink is free of commonly-used fake sugars, natural flavorings, essences and corn syrup. Volley is available in four guilt-free flavors: Zesty Lime, Spicy Ginger, Sharp Grapefruit and Tropical Mango, These gluten-free seltzers can be enjoyed chilled and from the can or mixed into springtime cocktails. Visit: Drink Volley.

sipMargs – These ready-to-drink sparkling margaritas are made with real, top-quality tequila and are low in calorie, sugar and carbs, offering an all-natural great-tasting, authentic margarita in a can. Currently, sipMARGS are offered in four innovative and refreshing flavors: Classic Sparkling Margarita, Sparkling Coconut Margarita, Sparkling Mango Margarita and Sparkling Mezcal Margarita. Visit: SipMargs.  

Two Chicks – This is a woman owned, founded and run company. Their sparkling canned cocktails are made with real premium spirits like tequila, vodka, whiskey and gin combined with fruit and botanicals. Tempting varieties include Sparkling Apple Gimlet, Sparkling Paloma, Sparkling New Fashioned and Sparkling Vodka Fizz. They are five percent alcohol and are delightful for any occasion. Visit: Two Chicks Cocktails.

Sun Smash – These hand-crafted fruited hard seltzers have the distinctive “smash of real fruit in delicious flavors that include Mango Peach, Prickly Pear, Black Currant, and Pineapple Passionfruit. The hard seltzers are gluten free with no artificial sweeteners and are five percent alcohol by volume. Visit: Sun Smash.  

VOCO – Elegance Brands, Inc., a global beverage company with a focus on innovation, just announced the re-launch of its premiere beverage product VOCO, a “better-for-you” RTD cocktail that combines real vodka blended with coconut water, soda water and natural fruit flavor.  Visit: Drink Voco.

CHEERS Rosé Seltzer This refreshing rosé seltzer from Hallmark Channel should be on your radar for summer refreshment. It is a light and refreshing custom blend of citrus and light strawberry notes with champagne-style bubbles. Each single-serve can contains 8.4 percent alcohol, is made of 100 percent natural ingredients, and is gluten-free and vegan-friendly. With just 2.5g of sugar, CHEERS is only 137 calories. Visit: Hallmark Channel Wines.

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About Marina P. Kennedy (51 Articles)
Marina Kennedy currently writes for, and the Hemlock News in Pennsylvania. She likes to do articles and blog about the culinary scene, theatre, and travel. Marina and her husband Chuck enjoy the rich cultural experiences of the metropolitan area. She is absolutely delighted to contribute to Woman About Town.