The Best Canned Drinks To Put In Your Picnic Basket, From Cocktails To Kombucha

The Rule of 6 is back; get ready to take your picnic to the next level.

Best Canned Drinks for picnics

by Shana Lynch |

The Rule of 6 is back; the sun is shining (for now); and picnics are a-go again – it finally feels like the end of Lockdown might actually be in sight. But with picnics being our main source of socialisation for the foreseeable, are you ready to take yours to the next level?

First – and our lockdown online-shopping addiction really helped with this one – you need the pick the ultimate re-entry outfit. Next, make sure you’ve got all the right picnic gear, from lush blankets to personalised tablescapes (yes, really). Then, and most importantly of all, you’ve got to decide what to put in your picnic basket.

Don’t worry, we’ve done the hard work for you and found the best of the best canned drinks that will improve any picnic. From gin-in-a-tin to craft cocktails to nitrogen-infused lattes, we’ve left no picnic basket behind…

Best for... Posting on the 'Gram

East London Liquor Co. Canned Cocktails and Vodka Seltzers

East London Liquor Co. Canned Cocktails and Vodka Seltzers

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Using natural fruit extracts and juices and with no preservatives, artificial sweeteners or colours, East London Liquor Co.u2019s canned cocktails and vodka seltzers are perfect for every picnic – not only because theyu2019d look great in your pictures, too. Weu2019d recommend Vodka & Rhubard and Grapefruit Gin & Tonic.

Best for... Matching your picnic-wear

VACAY Canned Cocktails

VACAY Canned Cocktails

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VACAY canned craft cocktails – available in Moscow Mule, Tom Collins, Paloma and Vodka soda – are made using only the finest natural ingredients and the highest quality spirits. Theyu2019re gluten-free, vegan and just sweet enough for casual picnic drinking.

Best for... Continuing your lockdown health-kick

Remedy Rainbow Pack

Remedy Rainbow Pack

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Pick up a new wellness routine during Lockdown 3 and want to keep it going during re-entry? Weu2019ve got you – the Remedy Rainbow Pack has everything youu2019ll need to kick your taste buds in hyperdrive and make you feel your best, including Coconut Water Kefir Passion Fruit, Coconut Water Kefir Pure, Switchel Blood Orange, and Switchel Tropical, and our Apple Crisp, Cherry Plum, Raspberry Lemonade and Ginger Lemon Kombucha.

Best for... Kickstarting your day

Minor Figures Nitro Cold Brew Matcha Latte

Minor Figures Nitro Cold Brew Matcha Latte

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Made by pairing stone-ground matcha tea leaves with Classics Minor Figures Oat M*lk, the Minor Figures Matcha Latte is the perfect way to start you day – wholesome and natural, with a caffeine hit to keep you energised and focussed.

Best for... Taking on-the-go

BABE Rosu00e9 and White Mixed Pack

BABE Rosu00e9 and White Mixed Pack

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If youu2019re sceptical about the idea of wine in a can, donu2019t worry, so were we – until we opened our first can of BABE and now weu2019re obsessed. Go for the mixed pack to try their bubbly French rosu00e9 and Spanish white wine. Best part? The sleek, chic cans will fit right in your handbag.

Best for... Being the coolest one at the picnic

Lonewolf Gin And Tonic

Lonewolf Gin And Tonic

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Thereu2019s loads of gins-in-a-tin out there, but this one is our favourite. LoneWolf gin rose from the ferocity of the Scots Pine forest, and their tonic comes from the same bloodline. Sharp and refreshing, this G&T will make you the coolest one at the picnic, hands down.

Best for... Feeling refreshed in the sun

Dalston's Real Squeezed Cherry Sparkling Water

Dalston's Real Squeezed Cherry Sparkling Water

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For when the suns getting a bit too hot and you need something refreshing, stat, we recommend Dalstonu2019s Sparking Water & Real Squeezed Fruit. With no refined sugar or artificial sweeteners, these soft drinks deliver a sweet, refreshing flavour with no compromise. We recommend Cherry, but Rhubarb and Elderflower are available, as well.

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If you're from the US (like me), then you know that White Claw is the hard seltzer. Light, refreshing and available in four amazing flavours (we recommend Black Cherry), we just found you your drink of the summer.

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When it's warm outside, drinking hot coffee is not the move – instead, just pop one of these in the fridge, give it a little shake before drinking and you'll have the perfect iced coffee on-the-go.

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Dalston's soft seltzers got our vote for most refreshing, but we haven't forgotten about their hard seltzers either. Made with real fruit and only 3 ingredients, these babies are pretty refreshing, too.

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When you want to take your gin-in-a-tin to the next level, go for Kopparberg's Premium Gin Strawberry & Lime can, he perfect pairing of strawberry and lime gin mixed with lemonade.

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Copenhagen-based Empirical is a self-proclaimed 'flavour company' offering two unique cocktails-in-cans this summer.

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Hippy Fizz is the canned gin-based cocktail from the team behind Porter's Gin featuring patchouli leaf, pineapple shrub, malted passionfruit and hop soda.

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Get your picnic party started the right way with the canned Paloma from El Sueño tequila. Tequila, grapefruit soda and lime – what' s not to like? There's a margarita option, too.

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An all-natural alcoholic sparkling water available in two flavours – Black Cherry and Wild Berry – Truly Hard Seltzers are made from refreshing simple ingredients, making them the perfect canned summer drink.

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From the masterminds over at Brewdog comes Clean & Press Hard Seltzers. Using exceptional quality craft vodka distilled at their brewery, these seltzers – available in three flavours – are the perfect light, easy-drinking option this summer.

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Inspired by the idea that we should enjoy drinks today and still be able to make the most of tomorrow, Two Days is a range of light and sessional Vodka sodas crafted with a single-measure of British vodka, lightly sparkling water and a squeeze of fruit extract.

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Created by an independent LGBTQ+ business and inspired by Pride, LuvJus are the perfect feel-good addition to your picnic basket, available in two flavours: pineapple, mint, jasmine, Korean ginseng and vodka, and blood orange, pomegranate, Korean ginseng and vodka.

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Perfect for those looking for something a little lighter, Shandy Shack's IPA and Elderflower Lager Top are a lower alcohol option without compromising on taste.

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With two flavours to choose from u2014 RedLeg Spiced Rum with 1886 Cola or RedLeg Pineapple Rum with Ginger Ale u2014 these cans are a must-have in every picnic basket this summer.

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Get the mixed pack and try all three delicious flavours: Lemon Brew, Hula and Pink.

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It doesn't get any better than this classic G&T, served with award-winning tonic water and delicious London Dry Gin.

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High Water hard seltzers are inspired by the water's edge and the Great British Outdoors, which makes them the perfect drink to bring along to the park or beach this summer.

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Enjoy your favourite cocktails pre-mixed and ready-to-drink, from Passion Fruit Martini to Raspberry Mojito.

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From classic cocktails like Espresso Martini and Strawberry Daiquiri to delicious Spritz version like Peach & Lychee and Watermelon & Mint, All Shook Up has an option for every picnic-goer.

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The perfect sunny weather drink, Beviamo! Italian Spritz combines zesty bitter liqueur, a dash of soda and Italian white wine to bring a taste of the Mediterranean to your picnic.

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Mojito, Elderflower Collins, Hawaiian Spritz u2014 Cantails uses meticulously sourced natural ingredients from all over the world to create amazing canned cocktails in 100% recyclable cans.

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Newly-launched, Gordon's beloved G&T pre-mixed can is back this year with an alcohol-free version, perfect for those on-the-go summer moments.

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Fancy yourself a bit on a gin connoisseur? Then you need to try 6 O'Clock Gin's ready-to-drink cans, with flavours including Exotic Orange and Damson and Ginger.

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The chicest option for your picnic basket, Lowlander 0.00% Botanical Beers are brewed with recycled orange and lemon peel from The Netherlands, so not only do they taste good, but they're good for the planet, too.

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Newly launched in the UK, Topo Chico Hard Seltzer comes in three delicious flavours: lemon-lime, tropical mango and cherry açai.

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Let us introduce you to Feel Good Drinks, a range of 100% natural, great-tasting sparkling waters with a sustainable mission. With several flavours to choose from, these refreshing drinks will be your new favourite.

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We recommend going for the Gerry's mixed pack, which includes a selection of their best flavours, from Watermelon + Mint to Strawberry + Kiwi.

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At only 93 calories, Kopparberg Hard Seltzers are the perfect light, refreshing drink to enjoy in the sun.

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Founded by two brothers and in partnership with Sea Shepherd and Tusk, Arrowtown is your drink of the summer for when you want to enjoy what you're drinking and feel good about your choice. Available in two flavours, Lime & Elderflower and Red Berries, a portion of every sale of these low sugar hard seltzers goes to charity, so you can do your bit just by having a drink.

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No alcohol, no sugar, no fat and only 18 calories, but still just as refreshing as a gin and tonic? We'll take it.

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Available in three perfect-for-summer flavours – Raspberry Rosé, Mango Passion and White Citrus – DRTY hard seltzers are made with sparkling water, carb-free alcohol and natural fruit flavours, making them our choice for an on-the-go drink when the sun is shining.

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Brunch in the park, anyone? Bet you didn't know you could get Mimosas and Bellinis in a can – life-changing!

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They had us at the bright pink can, but these moreish, well-balanced Mango, Ginger and Lime gin-in-a-tin are perfect for when you want something a little extra.

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