As restrictions across the whole UK are being lifted, we are gearing up to spend some weekends and evenings in the garden. When the sun is shining and a couple of friends pop over, is there anything better than turning up the tunes and opening a refreshing drink? This scenario perfectly epitomizes the joy of Al Fresco Drinking enjoying drinks outdoors in the fresh air, surrounded by good company and laughter.

There are many drinks to quaff whilst in the garden this springtime and we’ve compiled a fab list of canned ready-made cocktails, spritzers, and soft drinks to relax, sit back, and enjoy. You can learn more from Alcohol Professor for a deeper dive into everything about alcohol.


Feel Good Drinks, Fruitful Sparkling Water, £1.19 each (330ml) or £11.99 for 12 cans, from Feel Good Drinks

Al Fresco Drinking

A range of 100% natural, great tasting, fruitful sparkling waters with a sustainable and purpose-led ethos. Made from a blend of fruit and sparkling water, with no artificial flavours, added sugar or sweeteners and contains 15% juice content. The refreshing drinks come in three uplifting flavours; first Peach & Passionfruit, second Rhubarb & Apple, and third Raspberry & Hibiscus, all contain less than 27 calories per 330ml can in plastic-free packaging and are vegan.

Hard Seltzer

Whisp Drinks, 100% British Hard Seltzer, £2.50 each (250ml) (4 x cans £10), from Whisp Drinks

Made from naturally and sustainably sourced British ingredients. They are 100% vegan, gluten free, and have no added sugar, sweeteners or preservatives. Less than 66 calories per can and low alcohol content (4% ABV). Available in two refreshing flavours, Cucumber & Mint combines fresh cucumber and cooling mint in a mouth-watering crisp, refreshing drink. And, uniquely flavoured Raspberry & Elderflower is a delightful and delicate fruity drink.

White Claw, Hard Seltzer, £2.50 (330ml), From White Claw

Using only sparkling water blended with triple distilled alcohol and a hint of natural fruit flavour, White Claw offers pure refreshment with no artificial sweeteners and low calories, making it the go-to choice for drinking occasions anywhere. Available in Mango, Raspberry, Natural Lime, and Black Cherry, all are gluten-free. Each can has an ABV of 4.5%, and is just 95 calories.


Didsbury Gin, Gin & Tonic, £8 (pack of 4 x 250ml cans), from Didsbury Gin

Made using only natural ingredients, gin lovers can choose from the range of four flavoured gin & tonics, including the brand’s hugely successful Raspberry & Elderflower Gin & Tonic, Blood Orange & Ginger Gin & Tonic, Strawberry & Sicilian Lemon Gin & Tonic, and Tutti Frutti Gin Fizz.

Bombay Sapphire, Gin & Tonic, £2.00 (250ml can), from Sainsbury’s

You can now enjoy the world’s number one premium gin as a bar-quality Gin & Tonic serve, whatever the occasion, wherever you are. It combines the signature vapour-infused London Dry Gin with the perfect balance of tonic water, for a superior taste experience. Serve chilled with ice and lime or straight from the can. From the heat of Moroccan cubeb berries to the spice of West African Grains of Paradise, every one of the ten precious botanicals is chosen to bring its own special something to
Bombay Sapphire Gin.

Porter’s Gin, Hippy Fizz, £4 (1 x can) or £34 (12 x cans), from Porter’s Gin

The rich, herbaceous highball has a tropical base thanks to a combination of pineapple shrub and malted passionfruit. Both blend seamlessly with the elevated citrus of Porter’s Gin and the herbal note of patchouli. Once chilled, the cocktail is ready to drink – either straight from the can or, for a perfect serve, over ice in a highball glass.

Porter’s Gin, Pocket Negroni, £5 (100ml single serve), from Shop Cuvee

Aberdeen-based distillery, Porter’s Gin, which launched its letterbox gift delivery service, Send A Negroni last year is now offering its popular Negroni recipe in perfectly portioned and transportable small cans that fit in your pocket. Moreover, the renowned Negroni recipe from Send A Negroni is available pre-batched into individual servings ready to be enjoyed in your garden as well as perfect for summer picnics and parties, once lockdown restrictions are lifted.


Bacardi, Rum & Cola, Mojito, Raspberry Spritz, Spiced Cola £1.50 each (250ml can), from Sainsbury’s

Whether you’ll be BBQ prepping in the garden, celebrating the first picnic of the season, or perched on the park bench enjoying the sunshine, do so with a ready-to-drink cocktail from Bacardi. Rum & Cola is 5% volume and contains rum and cola. The Mojito is 5% volume with lime and mint flavours and rum. Raspberry Spritz is 5% volume and is a sparkling rum mixed drink. Finally, Spiced & Cola is 5% volume made with rum and spices. To put it another way, these cocktails in cans are simply divine.

Other Spirits

Empirical, Can 01 and Can 02, £11 (pair of cans), from Empirical

Copenhagen-based and self-proclaimed ‘flavour company’ Empirical’ canned cocktail offering showcases the company’s flavour first ethos. The two different expressions CAN 01: 10% ABV, leads with an acidic gooseberry flavour balanced by a flowery oolong tea, and rounded out by freshly cut toasted birch and an undercurrent of pomelo zest. CAN 02: 8% ABV, effervescent, enlivening, fruity. At the same time, walnut wood gives a sturdy depth to the notes of zesty sour cherry, aromatic black currant buds, and lemony macaw pepper. Both are Gluten Free and Vegan, and perfect for al fresco drinking in the garden.

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