The 10 Best Canned Wines and Cocktails for Travel

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Next time you’re filling up a cooler for a camping trip or beach vacation, think beyond cans of beer and hard seltzer. There’s been a revolution when it comes to canned alcoholic drinks: now you can crack open a margarita or chardonnay without ever touching a cocktail shaker or a bottle opener. Here are 10 of the best canned wines and canned cocktails that are perfect for travel, each one with super fun packaging that feels like a party.  

1. House Wine Rosé Bubbles

House Wine Rosé Bubbles

This playful winemaker is well-known for its canned drinks, selling everything from pinot noir to red sangria or white peach nectarine spritzes in cans. For fans of pink bubbly, try the fruity House Wine Rosé Bubbles and just remember that one can equals two glasses of wine. (There are mini cans that are the equivalent of a single glass). 

2. Post Meridiem Margarita

Post Meridiem Margarita on a background of limes

Post Meridiem prides itself on using 100 percent real lime juice in its canned cocktails, as seen in a ready-to-drink Post Meridiem Margarita with just lime, silver tequila, and orange curacao. The Georgia-based company also offers canned Mai Tais, daiquiris, vodka gimlets, and Old Fashioneds.

3. Tip Top Proper Cocktails Old Fashioned

Tip Top Proper Cocktails Old Fashioned

The packaging of Tip Top Proper Cocktails evokes a Mad Men era gone by, and these classic drinks are served in tiny steel containers that are technically small enough to bring on a plane. The Tip Top Proper Cocktails Old Fashioned is deceivingly simple, with a mix of bourbon whiskey, orange bitters, and cane sugar. Other options include a negroni, Bee’s Knees, margarita, daiquiri, and a Manhattan. 

4. Ohza Mimosa

Ohza Mimosa on an orange background covered by water

Instead of carting around cartons of orange juice and bottles of champagne, Ohza has the bright idea of selling 12-packs of canned mimosas. These cute Ohza Classic Mimosa cans are filled with a fine-tuned mix of bubbly wine and 100 percent orange juice. After trying the classic mimosa, move onto Ohza’s mango mimosa and a bellini.

5. Maker Pinot Gris

Can of Maker Pinot Gris next to a full glass of white wine

The female co-founders behind Maker want to offer fine wine without the snobbery — and part of that light touch includes putting wines in cans. Maker partners up with small, indie wineries, telling the winemakers’ stories and packaging their products in beautifully-designed cans. Try Maker Pinot Gris, a food-friendly white wine from California with notes of white nectarine, guava, and lemongrass.

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6. Romona Ruby Grapefruit Wine Spritz

Can of Romona Ruby Grapefruit Wine Spritz and a full tumbler glass on a pink table

Of course a sommelier who once managed the beverage program for David Chang’s Momofuku restaurants would make a very hip canned wine. Jordan Salcito’s brainchild is Ramona, a line of Italian wine spritzes made with organic juices. Try Ramona Organic Ruby Grapefruit for a zesty, tart drink featuring Sicilian wine. Other citrusy spritzes include Meyer Lemon and blood orange, and there’s a canned sparkling rosé too.

7. Onda Sparkling Tequila Watermelon

Four boxes and one can of Onda Sparkling Tequila Watermelon

Actress Shay Mitchell co-founded a sparkling tequila brand with serious cool points, starting with the bright red can and impeccable branding. The 100-calorie, zero-sugar beverage is made with real juice and blanco tequila from Jalisco, Mexico. The Onda Sparkling Tequila Watermelon flavor incorporates bubbly water, tequila, and lime and watermelon juice concentrate. Find more fruity options like grapefruit, lime, and blood orange.

8. You & Yours Gin & Tonic

You & Yours brand canned cocktails

Love G&Ts? You & Yours makes a canned, ready-to-go version incorporating the San Diego distiller’s own Sunday Gin, which is flavored with rose hips, grapefruit and Valencia orange peels, coriander, mint, and juniper. In addition to You & Yours Gin & Tonic, there’s also a G&T from the distillery flavored with blood orange. 

9. Gaze Coconut Wine Cocktail

Multiple cans of Gaze Coconut Wine Cocktail

Coconut water and wine might seem to be a strange pair, but Gaze Wine Cocktails makes it work: the beverage combines a blend of Moscato and Chardonnay with coconut water for a low-alcohol, low-calorie drink. Other varieties combine wine with other trendy, superfoods like green tea or kombucha.

10. Pampelonne French 75

Two people holding Pampelonne French 75 canned cocktails

Inspired by the drinking scene in St. Tropez, Pampelonne mixes up sparkling wine cocktails that are packaged in nautical-themed striped cans. Try the Pampelonne French 75, a take on the classic fizzy drink featuring elderflower, juniper, and Meyer lemon. 

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