BUYERS GUIDE: Great Seltzers, Coolers and Fizz to try this Spring

Finally, Spring has arrived, which means retailers across the globe are preparing to hit the reset button and stock their shelves with new drinks geared for the warmer weather.

While we at KHACHILIFE are constantly on the lookout for the latest and greatest FOOD+DRINK… lately it’s been hard seltzers and fizzy coolers that have dominated the mindset.

So, in the interest of keeping you informed about the latest booze-infused bubbly waters, here are seven that recently hit my radar.

BANGARANG – PINK LEMONADE

Ontario-based Hard Seltzer brand Bangarang, is starting off summer strong with the release of its latest flavour: Pink Lemonade.

An adult version of a classic summer favourite, Pink Lemonade is low-calorie, has only 2 grams of sugar and 5% alcohol and comes in a 473 ml can. It’s super yummy.

Hand crafted and hand packed at Bangarang’s London brewery, Pink Lemonade is the next low-calorie, colourful option (it comes in a standout pink can) to join the brand’s unique flavour lineup, which includes: Blue Raspberry, Lemon Lime and Mango. Unlike the other flavours which are clear, Pink Lemonade has a pink hue that looks pretty poured over ice.

Seltzer sales soared between March 7 – 30 2020, topping $1 billion compared to $1.5 billion in all of 2019. As seltzer is becoming a year-round beverage, London brewery Bangarang, continues to differentiate its brand by focusing on taste first and offering unique flavours. Their signature colourful cans (Pink, Blue, Lime and Orange) reflect the adventurous, youthful spirit and call to unite in life’s adventure.

THE MODERN MIMIOSA 

When the Modern Mimosa was just a spark of an idea discussed over a family dinner, the founder’s parents offered their sound advice…..”make it taste good, and make sure you do good along the way.”

And that’s just what the brother and sister team: Allie and Scott Griswold did! Creating a Modern Mimosa, rooted in sustainable production and small businesses with big dreams.

Blending sustainably grown wine from Italy and organic orange juice, the Modern Mimosa is a portable and effervescent delight.

Their full product line comes brimming with classic duos: Jackie and JFK. Thelma and Louise. Marie Antoinette and Cake. (yes…cake) and of course, sparkling wine and orange juice. 

The Mayne & Co, set out to infuse a modern twist with the classic mimosa. Created from sustainable and delicious ingredients, this refreshing beverage can go anywhere you do as you sip, savor, and celebrate life.

The wine comes from a cooperative of small vineyards in Italy who are committed to sustainable farming and wonderful grapes. When the company first came across these winemakers, they were only exporting a tiny amount of their wine. Once it was tasted it was quickly realized why they wanted to keep it all in Italy. After some discussion (and many more tastings), a partnership was formed. Soon after, the wine started its trans-Atlantic voyage as the company stalked its progress like an overzealous crush.

Add in a splash of organic Californian orange juice, and you’ve got the Modern Mimosa. Through a little bit of math and a lot of testing, Mayne & Co found the perfect formula.

Rather than turning to a big agency for the marketing and packaging, they brought together a team of independent artists and creators for cans that feel like a piece of art rather than an advertisement – a moving gallery that breaks convention without breaking any glass. 

Say “goodbye” to bulky bottles and messy mixing and “ciao!” to a portable and effervescent delight.

 HEY MAMA WINE 

This bubbly Rose is the product of Lauren Stokes’ creative efforts: a mother of three, Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur, lifestyle blogger & cheerleader for women everywhere. And a lover of all things bubbly! 

Combining her passion for service and love for supporting other moms, she decided to create a product that would bring a smile to the faces of all the women that received it! 

Using a blend of 60% Syrah, 38% Cab Sauv and 2% Pinot Gris using grapes sourced from local Washington – Columbia Valley vineyards.

Each can is carefully crafted using flavors of watermelon and strawberry and the aromas of, honeysuckle and honeydew melon. 

Each 8.4oz can contains 160 calories and 1.5g of sugar/carbs. Vegan and Gluten Free. 

Hey Mama Wines donates 10% of all sales to charities & organizations that benefit women and children!

VIZZY HARD SELTZER 

After first being announced at the end of 2020, Vizzy Hard Seltzer features four bright and refreshing flavors. 

Available in four unique flavor combinations: Pineapple Mango, Black Cherry Lime, Blueberry Pomegranate and Strawberry Kiwi. 

Vizzy is gluten free and boasts 100 calories, 1 gram of sugar and 5% alcohol by volume per can.

In the booming hard seltzer category, Vizzy offers something truly special as the first hard seltzer with antioxidant vitamin C. Vizzy is made with the acerola cherry, an antioxidant vitamin C rich superfruit. In fact, acerola cherries contain roughly 30 times more vitamin C per cup than oranges.

“The hard seltzer category is becoming more crowded with many brands following the same playbook,” said Elizabeth Hitch, Director of Hard Seltzers. “We created Vizzy to have all of the things the other hard seltzers have but with a meaningful addition that drinkers actually care about, antioxidant vitamin C.

Molson Coors crafted Vizzy to be the perfect year-round drink and stand out from the crowd with its flavor combinations, antioxidant vitamin C and bright orange packaging – because they don’t believe there is anything wrong with being a little “extra.”

COLLECTIVE ARTS ARTISANAL DRY GIN & SODA w/ grapefruit, lemon and thyme.

This yummy craft cocktail utilizes real lemon and grapefruit to build on the bright citrus notes of the Artisanal Dry Gin base. Lavender and dried thyme add a subtle floral undertone, and cardamom imparts a slight cooling sensation. Mixologist driven so that it’s perfectly balanced, crisp, and clean.

Collective Arts Brewing is a craft brewery located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Founded by Matt Johnston and Bob Russell. It is a grassroots craft brewery whose mandate is to combine “the craft of brewing with the inspired talents of emerging and seasoned artists, musicians, photographers & filmmakers”.

Collective Arts fuses the creativity of craft beverages with the inspired talents of artists from around the world. They feature limited-edition works of art on their labels, and they work to make sure the liquid on the inside is as diverse and creative as the artists they profile.

We think they’ve nailed it! 

ROSEMONT MOJITO spiced rum cocktail

Quebec residents will be familiar with Distillerie de Montreal’s inventive craft spirits, such as an electric orange aperitivo, bright white rums, and local apple brandies. But this Montreal distillery has poured said rum into a new canned take on a spicy mint mojito…..so expect all the flavours of the classic beach drink, sans the muddling.

“This mojito-like drink has been infused with fresh mint and lime for a crisp cocktail to take shape … and make you feel like you’re in Cuba while you sip it.”

ROSEMONT: The Montreal Distillery, located in the heart of an industrial portion of Rosemont, is the only distillery in Canada to work with double-distilled Charentais still. 

During his youth, guided by family know-how, Lilian Wolfelsberger acquired the principles of an ancestral method by raking orchards in Franche-Comté. 

This fifth-generation distiller, established in Montreal in 1993, has long cherished the project of showcasing Quebec’s terroir while bringing mastery of its art. 

In this perspective, he became one of the first to obtain a microdistillery license in the mid-2000s, which gave him the opportunity to perfect his knowledge of the distinctive raw materials of Quebec to develop new recipes and innovative techniques.

FOUNDERS ORIGINAL premium cocktails

Founder’s Original canned cocktails and mixed drinks are made in incredibly small batches from their proprietary spirit blends, craft bitters, all-natural cane sugar, real citrus juices, and crisp effervescent waters, tonics and ginger ales.

Coming in three distinct blends – each with an original recipe that is unique and offers a taste selection for all. Great for entertaining as the lineup boasts a Bourbon Sour, Rye & Thai Ginger and a Grapefruit Tequila Paloma. 

These crisp and refreshing, premium cocktails are guaranteed to deliver the superb quality that we have come to expect from Founder’s Original. 

From the early beginnings of the Toronto Institute of Bartending, and then SpiritHouse Toronto, Founder’s Original is the result of 20+ years of craft cocktail ideation, innovation, education, and experience.

Kate Shelton
Kate has led a diverse career in both the arts and business management. From dancing with the prestigious National Ballet of Canada to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Ryerson to then taking on the entrepreneurial role of running a small business, Kate’s wide range of experience has allowed her to develop a keen eye for art and design. As an avid Crossfitter, Kate has a true appreciation for leading an active, healthy lifestyle. She currently lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and their wonderful son.