12 Popular Canned Cocktails, Ranked Worst To Best

Back in the day, you either had to order a cocktail from the bar or make it yourself if you wanted anything more complicated than a glass of beer or wine. But times have changed. First, it started with the hard seltzer craze. People went wild over the sippable, easily portable drinks that offered something different than your typical beer or cider. People wanted more, though, and suddenly, the market is flooded with a wide array of canned cocktails. Are they better than the stuff a bartender can make? Generally, no. We wouldn't suggest you order a canned cocktail when you're actually at a bar. But if you're looking for something you can easily take on a camping trip or keep stocked in your fridge, then canned cocktails are a fantastic option.

But with so many canned cocktails out there, it can be difficult deciding which ones you should try and which you should avoid. And since they can be somewhat pricey depending on what brand you're buying from, you certainly don't want to waste your hard-earned cash. Therefore, we've done the hard work for you and ranked some of the most popular canned cocktails from worst to best. Where do your favorites stand? Take a closer look.

12. Jim Beam Canned Highballs

Listen: We love an accessible canned cocktail, especially when there are some brands that you can only buy online. You're more likely to find Jim Beam canned highballs at your local store that sells alcohol, but should you even bother? We're going to suggest that you just forget about it. Why? The flavor is just strangely off. A canned cocktail should be easily sippable (and most importantly, enjoyable), and that's just not what you're going to get when you choose this drink. You can taste the bourbon, but it's not a particularly strong flavor. Rather, it tastes really watered down by the presence of the seltzer. And while the classic version of the highball apparently features a hint of citrus, it's not very perceptible.

These aren't very strong, which is ideal if you're going for casual sipping, but once you take the taste into account, it's clear that they're just not worth your time. If you truly want a highball, just grab some bourbon and keep some seltzer on hand, and chances are you can make something that tastes way better than this Jim Beam version. We love the convenience of these highball options, but it's not something you're going to find in our fridge very soon.

11. Two Chicks Vodka Fizz

A vodka fizz may not be the most sophisticated drink to order at the bar, but let's face it — it tastes good. And who doesn't like a good fizzy cocktail? However, if you think you're going to be getting the best of the best when you buy Two Chicks Vodka Fizz, you should probably think again. The vodka is paired with the natural flavors of elderflower and pear, which sounds amazing. But when you actually take a sip, you'll realize that it's not the ideal canned cocktail you might have imagined.

First of all, you can really taste the vodka in this drink. That's not necessarily a bad thing if you absolutely love sipping on vodka, but you may not be a fan if it's not your favorite liquor. The flavor is quite strong, and it doesn't taste like the best-quality vodka out there. We wanted to be able to really taste the pear, but unfortunately, it didn't provide a strong enough flavor for us. On the other hand, the elderflower flavor is loud and clear. That leaves the drink with an overwhelmingly floral flavor that just didn't do it for us.

Luckily, it's not the only drink you can get from Two Chicks — they have plenty of other options to choose from. And considering the design of the cans is so appealing, you may just want to try the other options they have on offer.

10. Cafe Agave Spiked Cold Brew Coffee

Go into any trendy bar in 2021, and you'll find an espresso martini on the menu. This once-forgotten cocktail has come back with a vengeance, and we really don't mind. After all, who can complain about a drink that combines two of our favorite beverages? And if you've fully jumped on the espresso martini train, then you're probably going to get excited when you see the Cafe Agave Spiked Cold Brew Coffee. There are several different flavors to choose from, including caffe mocha, salted caramel, vanilla cinnamon, and espresso shot. They all sound amazing, right? Unfortunately, this was not our favorite cocktail of them all.

The flavor is okay, but it's not amazing. It doesn't really capture the best flavors of coffee or the best flavors of a cocktail. You're left with a slightly watered-down coffee-like drink that will give you a bit of a buzz (these cocktails have about the same alcohol content as wine). We've had our fair share of alcoholic coffees before, and these really aren't the best of the best. That said, they're certainly not bad. If they're the only canned coffee cocktail you can find, you're probably not going to be disappointed. We just wouldn't go out of our way to look for this stuff.

9. Dulce Vida Sparkling Margarita

Who doesn't love a margarita? While your average margarita may be flat, when you opt for a canned cocktail instead, you can get something that's on the fizzier side. That's why you may be attracted to the Dulce Vida Sparkling Margarita when you see it for the first time. One thing that sets this cocktail apart from many others on the market is the fact that it uses real lime juice, so you can feel good about what you're drinking. However, would we recommend this canned cocktail over the other options on the market? Probably not.

While the overall flavor is pretty good, there's just nothing that's too out of the ordinary when it comes to this margarita. A canned cocktail provides a canvas for a variety of different flavors and unique combinations, but none of that is happening here. Sure, if you want something simple and classic, then this may be the way to go — and it's definitely worth a try. On the other hand, if you're looking for a drink that's fun, creative, and different than what you would see at your local bar, then the Dulce Vida Sparkling Margarita probably isn't for you. After all, you could always just order a margarita or make one at home and call it a day.

8. Social Hour Cocktails Whiskey Mule

You've had a Moscow Mule before, right? This classic cocktail utilizes ginger beer, lime, and vodka to make a drink that's slightly sour and spicy with plenty of kick to it from the alcohol. But let's be honest — not everyone likes vodka. If you had one too many sips when you were in college, you may not be too keen on any vodka-based drinks, in fact. That's why we love that Social Hour Cocktails mixed it up by creating a whiskey mule instead. Finally, there's an option for all those who love the flavor of Moscow Mules but who prefer not to drink tequila.

Is this the best-tasting cocktail we've ever had? No. The rye whiskey doesn't have the best flavor, and unfortunately, that taste is very perceptible. But one thing we have to commend Social Hour Cocktails on is the ginger beer. The ginger beer you'll find in this drink is especially spicy, so you're not going to be getting a boring, watery cocktail (like you'll find with plenty of other canned cocktails). If you don't like ginger, it's probably not going to be something you enjoy, but if you love that spicy herbal kick that fresh ginger lends to a good drink, then you may just want to put this canned cocktail on your must-try list.

7. 10 Barrel Brewing Co. Bloody Mary

When you go out to brunch, what's your drink of choice? If you're like most people, you'll opt for a mimosa or maybe a bellini. And who can blame you? They taste great. But true brunch lovers will take things a step further and order an equally well-known but somehow less-beloved cocktail that's only served at some brunch establishments: a Bloody Mary. Bloody Marys are amazing because they're often spicy and savory — a combination that you won't often find when it comes to a good cocktail. And if you're looking for a decent canned option of the real thing, then you should look no further than 10 Barrel Brewing Co.'s Bloody Mary.

We were actually really surprised that this drink had as much kick as it does. That comes from both the Tabasco sauce as well as the horseradish, according to Liquor.com. That extra bit of horseradish in the mix makes a huge difference — it adds a different level of spiciness to the drink that you wouldn't just get from the hot sauce.

While the vodka in this drink tastes just okay, we don't want to bash it too much. It can be difficult to find a canned Bloody Mary, so you'll definitely want to take advantage of this one when you see it.

6. Mayne and Co's The Modern Mimosa

Speaking of mimosas, they seem like an easy enough drink to whip up at home. Grab some champagne or another sparkling wine, get some orange juice (or another type of citrus juice of your choosing), and put them together. Just like that, and you have a super-easy mimosa. But if you want something that's just a bit more special and exciting, you may want to opt for Mayne and Co's The Modern Mimosa.

What do we like best about this drink? Well, for starters, we love that it contains mostly wine. Yes, there is a hint of orange juice in the mix, and you can definitely taste it. However, the majority of this cocktail is all about the wine. Luckily, that wine tastes pretty good too. While Mayne and Co's website states that the wine is Italian and doesn't get more specific than that, we think that the light, refreshing, and slightly dry taste makes for perfect sipping. And since the cans are really well designed, it makes this a fun drink to bust out at brunch parties.

Wondering why this canned mimosa didn't rank higher if we love it so much? Well, even though it's delicious, we still can't shake the fact that it is so easy to make a mimosa yourself. You can decide if buying the canned version is worth it for you!

5. Fabrizia Spirits Italian Margarita

We may not have been huge fans of the Dulce Vida Sparkling Margarita, but there's another margarita option on our list, and we tend to like this one more. It's the Fabrizia Spirits Italian Margarita, and it's definitely worth a try if you're a diehard margarita lover. That being said, this certainly isn't your typical margarita. In fact, some may say that it's not really a margarita at all. Instead of combining tequila and orange juice, this canned cocktail instead uses limoncello and lemonade. Limoncello is an Italian liqueur that has a strong lemon flavor to it. It's both super sweet and exceptionally tart, which means it's generally well-balanced.

While this drink may taste sweet, it's actually got fewer calories than a lot of canned cocktails on the market — you're looking at about 17 grams per serving. Plus, it's stronger than a lot of other canned options as well, so be careful while you're sipping away. No, this may not be your typical margarita, but if you love the tartness of citrus and you want to try something that's a little different than what you may be used to, then the Fabrizia Spirits Italian Margarita is something you should definitely try.

4. Home School Blood Orange Manhattan

Now this is a drink we didn't expect to see come in canned form. A Manhattan is a sophisticated, timeless drink that never gets old. It's made of sweet vermouth, whiskey, and bitters. It's definitely not for those who don't like a strongly flavored drink, but if you've had a Manhattan before and liked it, then you'll know why it's a go-to order for so many. However, you don't have to make the trek to a nice cocktail bar to get these delicious flavors. Instead, you can just try the Home School Blood Orange Manhattan.

This drink is out-of-this-world good. It's got the perfect mix of bitterness and sweetness coming together all in one bottle. You can taste the quality of the four-year-old bourbon they use in this mix, and the house-made vermouth is just sweet enough. It's complex, yet still cool and relaxed. Plus, we love the fact that it's a little bit unexpected — when was the last time you saw a Manhattan in a ready-to-drink form? If you're looking for something easy, classy, and a little out of the ordinary, this cocktail is a great option.

3. Dashfire Pomegranate El Presidente

Another fun drink that you may not hear about too often is the El Presidente. It's a Cuban cocktail that combines rum, grenadine, ​​orange curaçao, and vermouth. The result is a complex yet easy-to-drink cocktail that will keep you coming back for more. Sure, you can always order it the next time you go out to a bar, but what if you want to try it on your own terms — even in your own home? That's where Dashfire's Pomegranate El Presidente comes in.

As Gear Patrol says, this really is a "cocktail bar-quality drink," yet it's easy to take with you on the go. Instead of a classic El Presidente, you're going to get the typical cocktail that's been mixed with pomegranate juice. We're not usually for messing with a good thing, but when you taste how amazing the pomegranate juice tastes in the mix, you'll see why we think this option is such a big hit.

2. Novo Fogo Sparkling Caipirinha

Caipirinhas may not be the most common cocktail you'll find in the United States, but in Brazil and in other parts of the world, it's seriously all the rage. It's similar to a margarita, but instead of being prepared with tequila, it instead includes cachaça, which is a liquor that's somewhat similar to vodka. The cachaça is then mixed with limes and sugar for a sweet-but-sour cocktail that's easily sippable and perfect for laid-back beach days. If you want to enjoy your caipirinha at the beach but don't want to have to mix it yourself under the umbrella in the sand, then Novo Fogo has you covered with their sparkling caipirinha.

Not only do you have all the delicious flavors of a classic caipirinha, but this canned version is sparkling too. What more could you want out of a canned cocktail? While you can grab it in the classic lime flavor, you should also try the passionfruit and lime as well as the mango and lime.

1. Elenita Mezcal Cocktails

In recent years, mezcal has taken the stage as one of the most popular liquors. A good mezcal is smoky and complex, and it lends an amazing flavor to a wide variety of cocktails. That's why we love Elenita Mezcal Cocktails so much. All of their flavors are so good, we couldn't pick just one. You'll get to choose between a passionfruit paloma, strawberry mule, a cucumber lime basil drink, and a pineapple jalapeno variety (we love the last one the most). The pineapple jalapeno actually has some heat to it, which pairs perfectly with the smoky mezcal.

Trevor Hoff of The Liquor Fountain in LA told NY Mag, "They taste just like a bartender made them right in front of you while you were lying in a hammock on the beach in Cabo." We couldn't agree more.

We haven't seen many canned mezcal cocktails, so this one definitely caught our eye. It's perfect for taking to the beach or the park, though we would keep these stocked in our fridge all the time if they didn't keep disappearing somehow. If you're looking for a grown-up replacement for your hard seltzer, look no further than these fun, whimsical cocktails from Elenita.