Whatever your weekend plans are, the LCBO offers ready-made cocktails for every occasion! In the spirit of summer, our team took time to give some of these canned cocktails a try.
Regardless of your taste preference these canned cocktails are perfect for any cooler…on the beach or on a boat. Keep reading to see which ones were a hit!
Voted Overall Favourite: Georgian Bay Cranberry Gin Smash $2.95
We loved this Canadian made Gin Smash. It was the perfect cocktail in a can, refreshing and light with a natural taste. It has 5% alcohol and costs $2.95 per can at the LCBO. Some of us went into testing this beverage knowing we didn’t like gin, but overall we all enjoyed it and agreed it was our favourite. You should give it a try!
“This smells like gummy bears and tropical fruit!” -Yllen
“Woah, I don’t even taste the gin. I actually really like this and NEVER drink gin!” -Leandra
“Ohhh, I really like this one. It’s refreshing and light, I could enjoy a couple of these for sure.”
“The cranberry flavour tastes natural and hides the gin well, I’m impressed” -Gracie
Crowd Pleaser: Palm Bay Mimosa Strawberry Grapefruit $3.15
We enjoyed the Palm Bay Mimosa in flavour Strawberry Grapefruit. This pre-made cocktail is the perfect flavoured mimosa. It is made with sparkling wine, tart grapefruit and sweet strawberry and has an alcohol content of 7%. It costs $3.15 per can and can be bought at the LCBO. Palm Bay Mimosas also come in the flavour Blood Orange Mango, which we can’t wait to try!
“Ohh, the flavours are coming through very nicely in this drink. I like that it is tart but still sweet. I can definitely taste the champagne- in a good way!” -Joseline
“I could only have a couple of these, I find Palm Bay drinks a bit sugary for me but I enjoyed this!” -Yllen
“It would be nice in a smaller can since it’s 7%!” -Gracie
“This is something I would put in my sangria when having people over to give it a bit more of a kick! Love it.” -Leandra
Voted Least Favourite: Ace Hill Pineapple Vodka Soda $3.15
Crafted from organic pineapple juice this cocktail is bottled in a natural state to preserve as much flavour as possible. With a percentage of 4.5% and bold citrusy flavours, they cost $3.15 per can at the LCBO. This was our least favourite out of the 8 we tried because we didn’t love the flavours. You may be into it if you like the taste of organic pineapple juices though!
“It has a very funky smell, I don’t know if I want to even drink this” -Joseline
“I don’t like soda water and this one seems to have more of a juice base so I like it!” -Gracie
“It tastes like it smells…not great, is it possible that’s the organic juice I’m tasting?” -Yllen
“If you can ignore the smell, the taste isn’t that bad. It definitely isn’t my favourite but I can appreciate that they are trying to use natural processes in the making of this drink” -Leandra
Palm Bay Mango Pineapple Vodka Soda 6 cans for $13.55
The Palm Bay Mango Pineapple Vodka Soda is a refreshing, aromatic and tropical twist on a vodka soda. It is sold in packs of 6 (355ml each) and comes in 2 other flavours; Blueberry Acai and Tangerine Lime. This was our 3rd favourite! It tastes like a ready to go cocktail in a can.
“Mmm, It smells like a tropical candle from Bath and Body Works!” -Leandra
“It’s pretty good, but I would definitely enjoy it more with some ice” -Yllen
“I could drink this on a nice day! But, I could see this drink being way too sugary after a couple of them. It isn’t as light and bubbly as other vodka sodas I have tried.” -Gracie
“This is the perfect cocktail in a can, I am interested in trying their other flavours now!” -Joseline
This vodka soda is made with premium vodka and crafted in small batches with subtle flavours of lemon and lime! Overall, a very refreshing beverage but we found it tasted a bit flatter than the other vodka sodas and the flavouring seemed artificial. Buy it for $2.75 at the LCBO, it has an alcohol percentage of 5%!
“There’s not much of a smell to it! Now, that is a true vodka soda” -Gracie
“I don’t hate it, but it tastes a bit flatter than what I’m used to” -Leandra
“Not fizzy enough, it tasted artificially flavoured as well. But I don’t dislike it!” -Joseline
“I love the smaller can and that there is no sugar added! I could see myself buying this later on during the summer!” -Yllen
Nutrl Citrus Vodka Soda $2.90
Nutrl Citrus Vodka Soda takes the simplest approach to vodka soda making. without adding carbs, sugar and sweetener they created this cocktail with 3 simple ingredients: Citrus, Vodka and Soda. It gives a fresh flavour with a clean, delicate finish. The alcohol content in this beverage is 5% and it can be bought at the LCBO for $2.90.
“The can is a bit too big, I’d almost like it more if it was in a small can like the Palm Bay or Cottage Springs vodka soda!” -Leandra
“I don’t feel like this drink has enough lemon, it could use a fresh lemon as a garnish”
“Too bubbly, it needs more flavour and less soda” -Gracie
“I taste the vodka a bit more in this one, I think it needs more of a tart flavour. This one isn’t for me!” –Yllen
Mott’s Clamato The Works Caesar is an addition to the classic Mott’s Clamato Caesar, made with spices, horseradish, hot sauce and vodka. This limited edition crowd pleaser was a refreshing take on a classic cocktail that is 5% and $2.40 a can.
“I’ve never really tried a Caesar before, and I don’t mind it. A bit spicy though!” -Joseline
“It tastes just like a premium Caesar you would get on a patio sometime this summer, just add the garnishes yourself” -Gracie
“This is more like it, what a classic. It would be better in a glass with all the right garnishes though” -Yllen
“Not my thing, but I could see it being a great drink at the cottage!” -Leandra
Have you given any of these canned cocktails a try? If so, let us know in the comments below. Feel free to share your favourite canned cocktail!