The Hard Seltzer Cocktails Keeping Happy Hour Juicy

There’s nothing quite like meeting friends at your favorite rooftop bar and ordering a cocktail to kick off your weekend. What if you could do it yourself? 

It’s time to make your mixologist dreams come true. Whether you are having a get-together for two or twenty, part of the entertainment can be showing off your newfound love of creating cocktails. 

Part of the allure of our hard seltzers is the ease of achieving refreshment with the pop of a can, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help you mix things up a bit—literally. Why make a cocktail with club soda or tonic when you could stir up something special using one of our botanical hard seltzers? 

Let’s get creative and try our twist on some of the classics

Black Cherry Rose Cosmo

The perfect cocktail for a night out just turned into your favorite cocktail for a night in. Our Black Cherry Rose hard seltzer brings all the glam of the traditional Cosmo without any of the extra carbs or sugar. Classic flavors of cranberry and lime are elevated by a pop of black cherry, straight from the tree, and the essence of red roses. 

You’ll need:

Shake all ingredients besides the hard seltzer with ice and strain into a beautiful martini glass. Finish with the hard seltzer and orange twist, and get ready to feel like a cast member from Sex and the City

Clementine Hibiscus French 75

Fancy and fabulous, a classic French 75 is made with gin and Champagne. However, there’s no need to pop a bottle when you have Clementine Hibiscus hard seltzer to bring the bubbles. 

You’ll need: 

Shake the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Strain into a champagne flute or a coupe if you’re feeling extra fancy, and top with the Clementine Hibiscus hard seltzer. 

Watermelon Chili Mojito

Nothing says summer like a mojito. The perfect pairing for ceviche or spicy cauliflower tacos, this cocktail is both enlivening and surprisingly complex. 

While a mojito is typically finished with club soda, use our Watermelon Chili hard seltzer for a hint of sweetness from the watermelon, with just the right amount of kick from the chili.  

You’ll need: 

Begin by muddling the mint with the lime juice in the base of a cocktail shaker. Add your simple syrup and rum and shake with ice. Strain into a highball glass and top with the Watermelon Chili hard seltzer for a spicy take on this refreshing classic. 

Tropical White Sangria

Best enjoyed on a warm day with friends, sangria is always a crowd-pleaser. Often made with apples, peaches, and oranges, sangria can be made with just about any fruit—but we’re giving this version a tropical twist. 

Sangria pairs well with brunch, grilled veggie salads, and gorgeous charcuterie boards.

You’ll need:

  • 1 bottle of dry white wine, like Pinot Grigio or Chenin Blanc 
  • 4 oz. Lillet Blanc
  • 1 to 2 cans of Pineapple Cayenne hard seltzer
  • 1 peach, pitted and cubed
  • 1 granny smith apple, cored, seeded, and cubed
  • 1 cup of pineapple, cubed 
  • 1 lemon, wedged 

Grab a big pitcher, mix all of your ingredients except the hard seltzer ahead of time, and chill. Once you’re ready to serve, pour one to two cans of Pineapple Cayenne hard seltzer into the sangria mixture, or use it to top off individual glasses as you serve. 

If possible, let the fruit marinate in that delicious wine for at least four hours before you plan to serve. 

Guava Jalapeno Modern Margarita

Ah, the margarita. One of the most versatile and celebrated cocktails, the flavor combination possibilities are endless. 

Adding a bit of spice to old standards is kind of our thing (have you seen our Sweet & Heat line?), so we’re extra excited about this recipe. Not sure if you can take the heat? Omit the jalapeno slices and ride on the spice undertones of our Guana Jalapeno hard seltzer. 

You’ll need: 

  • 2 oz. Blanco tequila
  • ½ oz. orange liqueur 
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz. Guava Jalapeno hard seltzer
  • 1 lime wedge
  • Thinly sliced jalapenos, seeds removed

Mix the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and one to three jalapeno slices in a shaker. Shake and strain over ice to combine. Top off with a few ounces of Guava Jalapeno hard seltzer, and garnish with a lime wedge and thinly sliced jalapeno rounds. 

Passionfruit Elderflower Rickey

Perhaps you have never heard of a Rickey, but you’ve likely had one. Traditionally made with your liquor of choice—often gin or whiskey—this classic cocktail is invigorating and easy to make. Take it up a notch with the fruity, floral flavors of our Passionfruit Elderflower seltzer, and let the juicy, floral flavors take you away. 

You’ll need: 

You don’t even need a mixer for this one. Simply pour the gin and lemon juice into a highball glass over ice, and then top with the Passionfruit Elderflower hard seltzer. 

Rickey Remix Recommendations

Since this cocktail is versatile by its very nature, you could truly mix any of our hard seltzers with your favorite liquor for your ideal Rickey. If you want to mix it up (pun intended), try one of these combinations. 

  • Black Cherry Rose hard seltzer, vodka, muddled or floating raspberries 
  • Clementine Hibiscus hard seltzer, gin, orange twist 
  • Watermelon Chili hard seltzer, gin, lime twist 
  • Guava Jalapeno hard seltzer, vodka, orange twist 
  • Pineapple Cayenne hard seltzer, vodka, lemon twist 

Have Fun and Get Mixing

When you use flavorful hard seltzers (or even hard kombuchas, for that matter) as a substitute for plain old club soda, your cocktail game is automatically elevated. 

Don’t be afraid to get creative and add some of our bubbles to your favorite cocktail. After all, is there anything that’s not made better with a little fizz? 

 

Sources:

24 Classic Cocktails You Need to Know How to Make | Bon Appetit

Classic Cocktail Recipes | Liquor

Basil Simple Syrup | All Recipes

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