As anyone who’s been on a long train journey in this country knows, the tinnie is the definitive solution to travel ennui. And while we can’t drink in pubs and London’s parks are calling, the canned drink really is the answer to everything. We’ve done some digging and tasting for you to come up with a shopping list of some of the best tinned cocktails and wines in cans to stock up for this summer.
The Uncommon wines & spritzers (Selfridges, Waitrose, M&S)
Alongside The Uncommon's sparkling English wine in a can, they've added two new spritzers this year. There's Alfie, an English White Wine Spritzer, and Peggy, an English Rosé Wine Spritzer. Peckham based, their cans are made with wine from vineyards in Surrey, Kent and Hampshire. There's also Eleanor, a 2019 Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier Bubbly Rosé
Instore or at Waitrose
Based near Bath, this canned wine company works with independent producers and right now have just two wines to choose from. We very much want a few chilled cans of this Gruner from near Lake Neusiedl in eastern Austria the next time we’re heading to in the park.
How much: £16.99 for three
The London family behind this brand did what so many of us would love to do, jacked in their day jobs and sold up to buy a vineyard and winery in Provence. Their wines have won numerous awards and this wine in a can is a cut above other tinnie roses.
How much: £3.49 a can - Waitrose
New to Tesco this summer, Hun serve up a rose, sparkling rose and Sauvignon Blanc - and their key USP is that all their canned wines are vegan and fairtrade. The wines all come from South Africa’s Stellenbosch region.
How much: £2.50 - Tesco
Nice Wines do a range of wines in a can - but the Nice pale rosé is the one for us - sourced from Provencal vineyards, it’s also vegan and the can is 100% recyclable, so it’s all good. Or should we say, nice?
How much: £12 cans for £36
West Coast winemaker Larkin from Yountsville California came up with the idea of putting top tier wines in cans for their Larkan range so they could be taken into festivals and other outdoor events. While this won’t be the summer for that, Food & Wine magazine called the range “quite possibly the world’s best wine in a can.” So it's well worth taking to the park.
How much: £8.49 for a 375ml can
It’s not just Diane Abbott who enjoys a cold M&S Mojito from time to time - what would long train journeys be without a quick jump into the station shop to stock up on some of M&S’s extensive range of carry out cocktails and wines? This year they've the "passion star" martini (no porn for M&S) and a blackberry gin bramble too. There's also a canned version of their popular La Dame En Rose wine.
Only available instore
The folk behind Longflint have a craft beer background and wanted to avoid the same industrial processes when they made their tinned cocktails. From their range we particularly like the sound of their Wild Hedgerow G&T which features extracts of Chamomile, Woodruff, Hawthorn Berry and Lemon Verbena paired with East London Liquor’s Dry Gin.
How much: £2.25 at Farmdrop
Brothers Myles and Kit Donneky launched Cantails wanting to sell “mixologist-standard cocktails” in tins. They have a range of eight cocktails and you can pick them up in Sainsburys and train stations across the country. We’d suggest you try their Hawaiian Spritz which is a mix of coconut, watermelon and pomegranate with white rum.
How much: £15 for 5
From an ex-Noma team, Empirical Spirits have a loyal following for their unusual spirits and drink combos - and as a result, it’s hard to track them down in London. Still available at Shop Cuvee when we put this together, their Can01 cocktail features Oolong tea, toasted birch and green gooseberry.
How much: £5.50
This Bow based distillery produces a variety of quaffable cocktails and spirits with mixers in cans. If you’re looking for a light buzz they do a nice low alcohol G&T (which is low-cal as well) but we’re a particular fan of their rum & ginger mix. Buy their variety pack to work out which is your favourite.
How much: £20 for 12 cans
Suffolk-based Niche split their range into lowballers and highballers with a range that includes and enticing sounding Blood Orange Old Fashioned and a Manuka Honey Whisky Sour. Their Matcha Mojito is a twist on the classic, blending matcha with Brazilian lime, white rum and mint.
How much: £16 for 4 cans
A very South East England serve this - it’s a mix of newish distillery Portobello Road’s London Dry Gin with the award-winning Franklin & Sons Natural Indian Tonic Water, which has been made in Rickmansworth since the late 19th century.
How much: £2.50
There are a fair few espresso martini cans on the market, but Funkin say that what makes theirs stand out is the nitrogen they’ve infused it with - apparently that gives the drink the smooth serve you’d get if you had brought your cocktail shaker out with you.
How much: £2 at Sainsbury's
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