The Best Pre-Made Cocktails And Canned Drinks To Put In Your Picnic Basket

It's time to elevate your picnic basket...

Best Canned Drinks for picnics

by Shana Lynch |
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The sun is shining (for now) and picnics are a-go again but this year, we're taking them to the next level. From Instagrammable picnic outfits to lush blankets and personalised tablescapes (yes, really), picnics are going nuclear this year. Of course, the most important thing to pack in your picnic basket is the drinks, and that's where pre-made cocktails and canned drinks come in. What are the best ones to buy this summer?

Well, we’ve done the hard work for you and found the best of the best canned drinks and pre-made cocktails 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... health-conscious drinkers


This Danish cocktail brand is shaking up the ready-to-drink category in the UK with premium,

Best for... Posting on the 'Gram


Using natural fruit extracts and juices and with no preservatives, artificial sweeteners or

Best for... Matching your picnic-wear


VACAY canned craft pre-made cocktails – available in Moscow Mule, Tom Collins, Paloma and Vodka

Best for... Continuing your lockdown health-kick


Pick up a new wellness routine during Lockdown 3 and want to keep it going during re-entry?

Best for... Kickstarting your day


Made by pairing stone-ground matcha tea leaves with Classics Minor Figures Oat M*lk, the Minor

Best for... Taking on-the-go


If youu2019re sceptical about the idea of wine in a can, donu2019t worry, so were we – until we

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


Thereu2019s loads of gins-in-a-tin out there, but this one is our favourite. LoneWolf gin rose

Best for... Feeling refreshed in the sun


For when the suns getting a bit too hot and you need something refreshing, stat, we recommend

Looking for more inspo? Here's the rest of our favourites...


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White Claw Hard Seltzer

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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Master Cafe Iced Coffee Mixed Pack

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 Vodka Rhubarb + Grapefruit Hard Seltzer

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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Kopparberg Premium Gin Strawberry & Lime

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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Empirical Can 01 + Can 02

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

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Porter's Hippy Fizz

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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El Sueño Paloma

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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Truly Hard Seltzer

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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Clean & Press Hard Seltzer Mixed Pack

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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Two Days Vodka Soda

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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Shandy Shack

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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RedLeg Spiced Rum

With two flavours to choose from — RedLeg Spiced Rum with 1886 Cola or RedLeg Pineapple Rum with Ginger Ale — 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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Portobello Road Gin and Tonic

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 Seltzer

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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Shake Baby Shake Mixed Pack

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

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All Shook Up Cocktails

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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Beviamo! Italian Spritz

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 — Cantails uses meticulously sourced natural ingredients from all over the world to create amazing canned cocktails in 100% recyclable cans.

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Gordon’s 0.0% & Tonic

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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6 O'Clock Gin Ready To Drink Mixed Case

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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Lowlander Botanical Beers

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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Topo Chico Hard Seltzer

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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Feel Good Drinks

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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Kopparberg Hard Seltzer

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

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Arrowtown Drinks

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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STRYKKTM Ready to Drink

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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DRTY Hard Seltzers

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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Sipful Drinks

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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Mango, Ginger & Lime Gin & Tonic

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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