Where were you the first time you tried hard seltzer? The alcoholic drink's popularity is relatively recent, and undeniably linked to the bubbly beverage craze that's taken over in the last couple years. If you think it's been blown out of proportion, have a sip and get back to use: You'll admit the refreshing, carbonated drink is the best way to cool down on a hot summer's day or to sip any time of year, really. Whether you're lounging poolside or sitting by the campfire or cuddled inside by the fire place, here are the best hard seltzers to have on hand.
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Michelob Ultra is loved for their low-cal beer options and now theyre throwing their hat into the hard seltzer ring. The brand released a line of organic seltzers that come in three flavors: spicy pineapple, cucumber lime, and peach pear. Each can has zero carbs, zero sugar, and is only 80 calories.
BUY NOW Michelob Ultra Organic Seltzer, $17.99, drizly.com
Truly is constantly reinventing their fan-favorite hard seltzers, and this iced tea mix pack is great for those who want some extra flavor in their drink and already love Truly lemonades. They come in flavors like strawberry, lemon, raspberry, and peach, and combine hard seltzer, real brewed tea, and other fruit flavors.
BUY NOW Truly Iced Tea Mixed Pack, $16.99, abcfws.com
Bud Light Seltzer is already a fan fave, and the brand just gave people a reason to love them even more: Platinum Seltzer, a boozy drink with a higher ABV than the original. The new 8 percent ABV seltzer is made with cane sugar, sparkling water, natural fruit flavors, agave, and is only 170 calories. It comes in a variety pack with citrus, blood orange, and wild berry flavors.
Bud Light pivoted from their normal beer selection and released Bud Light Seltzer back in January. The original flavors included black cherry, strawberry, mango, and lemon lime, and now they're making even more flavors to enjoy.
The new Bud Light Seltzer variety pack "Remix Edition" will include grapefruit, cranberry, and pineapple along with the original strawberry. It launches in stores on August 31, but until then you can still pick up the original variety pack.
BUY NOW Bud Light Seltzer Variety Pack, $17.99, drizly.com
Tequila lovers will totally be reaching for Jose Cuervo's Playamar next time they're day-drinking. The tequila-based hard seltzer comes in lime (a bubbly take on the traditional margarita), and grapefruit (a sparkling mimic of the Paloma cocktail). Each can of Playamar has only 90 calories per 12-oz. can, 4.5 percent ABV, and contains zero sugar or carbs.
Unlike the other hard seltzers on this list, High Noon is made with vodka—not malt liquor—which gives the seltzer a light, crisp taste. In fact, the brand has gained quite a cult following, with fans saying they would choose the drink over any other brand.
If you've ever had a syrupy, artificial-tasting, pineapple-flavored seltzer, you may have wondered whether or not the makers of the drink ever tried pineapple in its original form. This is not the case with Willie's. The pineapple taste is fresh and real, and its sweetness is offset by just a dash of sour lime.
The best way to describe this drink is La Croix's Pamplemousse doppelgänger—but with booze.
Maha markets themselves as the healthy version of hard seltzer. It's spiked with booze, yes, but also contains a solid dose of potassium, calcium, and magnesium from 100% USDA certified organic fruits (as opposed to fruit flavors). You can certainly do a lot worse...
It is frozé season, after all. With flavors like Pink Apple Rosé, White Peach Rosé, Strawberry Rosé, and Raspberry Rosé, you're favorite variety of wine is now your favorite type of seltzer.
Surprisingly, most carbonated hard seltzers aren't actually made from seltzer. Arctic Chill is, however—and you can taste the difference in this drink's understated, soft taste.
With zero grams of sugar and 88 calories, you won't have to worry about grabbing another can of Henry's hard seltzer—or three.
Okay, so "spicy" might not be the first qualifier you're looking for in a hard seltzer—but if you enjoy the tangy taste of a spicy marg or a Bloody Mary, then you'll like this seltzer.
A round up of hard seltzers just wouldn't be complete without America's most ubiquitous brand. See what all the hype is about with this variety pack's inventive flavors, like bittersweet black cherry and lush mango.
Be careful with these: The ABV of Pabst's seltzer is 8%, which is almost double the usual 4-5% ABV hard seltzers have—and even more than the original PBR!
The world of craft brewing doesn't end with beer; hard seltzers are starting to join the mix. This creative seltzer uses fermented California orange juice instead of malt liquor, which gives the drink an extra fruity, almost wine-like taste.
This tropical strawberry and guava flavored seltzer is basically a luau in a can.
Seltzer that tastes like lemonade and has a 5% ABV? Sign us up.
Now you can enjoy the probiotic health benefits of kombucha during happy hour with this alcoholic version of the trendy drink.
No time to make a Piña Colada? This coconut and pineapple flavored seltzer tastes just like the tropical drink—with a fraction of the calories.
Besides their lovely, colorful cans, Wild Basin stands out from other flavors because of their non-artificial, authentic fruit flavors.
Talk about a watermelon sugar high! This Austin-based favorite mixes refreshing mint with sweet watermelon.
If bubbles aren't really your thing, try Pura Still. It's spiked still water, so basically a flat version of a hard seltzer.
Fruit juice, water, and alcohol from cold-brewed sugar—those are the only three ingredients in this hard seltzer, so you know exactly what you're getting.
Made with Sauza tequila, these tropical flavor spiked seltzers are sure to be the life of the party. The can is also available in lime and mango flavors, but grapefruit has the strongest taste.