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London's best wines and cocktails in cans - your tinnies guide to park drinking

While we can’t drink in pubs and London’s parks are calling, the canned drink really is the answer to everything. We’ve done some digging and tasting for you to come up with a shopping list of some of the best-tinned cocktails and wines in cans to stock up for outdoor socialising, ready for 8 March when you can properly meet someone else outside (or for a cheeky drink on your walk now).

 

Tinned wine

Babe wine Babe fizz 

Babe wine has been up and running for a few years now in the US (since 2015) and is now making its way over to the UK. The white and rose with bubbles are both available (with a pinot grigio on the way). 

Where to buy: On their website and in Sainsbury's

 

The copper crewChenin Blanc from The Copper Crew 

Friends Theo and Oli teamed up with award-winning South African winemaker Sam Lambson for this new canned wine range. They now have three wines in the collection, all created in the Western Cape - Rosé, Chenin Blanc and Merlot.

Where to buy: On their website.

 

Deft canned wineOrganic wine from Defy

If you're looking for a canned wine that's organic, Social Association certified and vegan-friendly too, then Defy is the one for you. This new canned wine company currently has one wine on offer - a white wine from Abruzzo using the pecorino grape.

Where to buy: On their website

 

The Uncommon wines & spritzersThe Uncommon wines & spritzers (Selfridges, Waitrose, M&S)

Alongside The Uncommon's sparkling English wine in a can, they've added two new spritzers this year. There's Alfie, an English White Wine Spritzer, and Peggy, an English Rosé Wine Spritzer. Peckham based, their cans are made with wine from vineyards in Surrey, Kent and Hampshire. There's also Eleanor, a 2019 Pinot Noir & Pinot Meunier Bubbly Rosé 

Instore or at Waitrose

 

Hackney rambling inspired G&T - LongflintCanned Gruner - Canned Wine

Based near Bath, this canned wine company works with independent producers and right now have just two wines to choose from. We very much want a few chilled cans of this Gruner from near Lake Neusiedl in eastern Austria the next time we’re heading to in the park.

Order online

 

Provencal rose - MirabeauProvencal rose - Mirabeau

The London family behind this brand did what so many of us would love to do, jacked in their day jobs and sold up to buy a vineyard and winery in Provence. Their wines have won numerous awards and this wine in a can is a cut above other tinnie roses.

Order online

 

Provencal rose - MirabeauVegan and fairtrade Sauvignon from Hun

New to Tesco this summer, Hun serve up a rose, sparkling rose and Sauvignon Blanc - and their key USP is that all their canned wines are vegan and fairtrade. The wines all come from South Africa’s Stellenbosch region.

Order online

 

Provencal rose - MirabeauPale rosé from NICE

Nice Wines do a range of wines in a can - but the Nice pale rosé is the one for us - sourced from Provencal vineyards, it’s also vegan and the can is 100% recyclable, so it’s all good. Or should we say, nice?

Order online

 

sipful canned drinksBubbles from Sipful

Selling both sparkling wines and cocktails, husband and wife duo Emily and Darius Darwell sell all organic drinks - their range features Bubbly, Orange Mimosa, Blood Orange Mimosa and Bellini, all created using organic wine and 100% natural fruit.

Where to buy: On their website

 

Tinned cocktails

Moth cocktailsMargaritas at Moth 

These bar quality cocktails are really pocket-sized, so are particularly handy for taking out for a quick walk in the park. The margarita is made with Enemigo Tequlia, Triple Sec, lime and salt and they also do a Negroni, Old Fashioned and Espresso Martini.

Where to buy: At Waitrose

 

Two Days cocktailsVodka sodas from Two Days 

This lowish ABV cocktail comes in two flavours - raspberry and lime. There’s a single measure of five-times distilled British vodka added to lightly sparkling water and a squeeze of fruit extract. They are gluten-free, vegan and keto-friendly.

Where to buy: On their website

 

Unknown Pleasures cocktailsPeach Iced Tea from Unknown Pleasures 

Great British Menu judge Oliver Peyton teamed up with bartender Dré Masso for this raunchily-marketed new brand of canned cocktails. Right now there are three to choose from - a Bloody Mary, Peach Iced Tea and an Espresso Martini.

Where to buy: On their website

 

VACAY cocktailsThe Paloma from VACAY 

A team of mixologists and culinary experts are behind this new cocktail brand - they pride themselves on using natural ingredients and eschewing artificial flavouring or sweeteners. Choose from a Paloma, Vodka Soda, Moscow Mule and Tom Collins.

Where to buy: New Breed Bottle Shop and Top Cuvee

 

English sparkling wine - M&SBrambles & more - M&S

It’s not just Diane Abbott who enjoys a cold M&S Mojito from time to time - what would long train journeys be without a quick jump into the station shop to stock up on some of M&S’s extensive range of carry out cocktails and wines? This year they've the "passion star" martini (no porn for M&S) and a blackberry gin bramble too. There's also a  canned version of their popular La Dame En Rose wine.

Only available instore

 

Taste of the tropics Spritz - CantailsTaste of the tropics Spritz - Cantails

Brothers Myles and Kit Donneky launched Cantails wanting to sell “mixologist-standard cocktails” in tins. They have a range of eight cocktails and you can pick them up in Sainsburys and train stations across the country. We’d suggest you try their Hawaiian Spritz which is a mix of coconut, watermelon and pomegranate with white rum.

Order online

 

Oolong tea  - Empirical SpiritsOolong tea  - Empirical

From an ex-Noma team, Empirical have a loyal following for their unusual spirits and drink combos - and as a result, it’s hard to track them down in London. Still available at Shop Cuvee when we put this together, their Can01 cocktail features Oolong tea, toasted birch and green gooseberry.

Order online

 

Punchy rum & ginger -  East London Liquor CompanyPunchy rum & ginger -  East London Liquor Company

This Bow based distillery produces a variety of quaffable cocktails and spirits with mixers in cans. If you’re looking for a light buzz they do a nice low alcohol G&T (which is low-cal as well) but we’re a particular fan of their rum & ginger mix. Buy their variety pack to work out which is your favourite.

Order online

 

Matcha mojito - Niche CocktailsMatcha mojito - Niche Cocktails

Suffolk-based Niche split their range into lowballers and highballers with a range that includes and enticing sounding Blood Orange Old Fashioned and a Manuka Honey Whisky Sour. Their Matcha Mojito is a twist on the classic, blending matcha with Brazilian lime, white rum and mint.

Order online

 

A very British G&T - Portobello Road GinA very British G&T - Portobello Road Gin

A very South East England serve this - it’s a mix of newish distillery Portobello Road’s London Dry Gin with the award-winning Franklin & Sons Natural Indian Tonic Water, which has been made in Rickmansworth since the late 19th century.

Order online

 

Nitro Infused espresso martini - FunkinNitro Infused espresso martini - Funkin

There are a fair few espresso martini cans on the market, but Funkin say that what makes theirs stand out is the nitrogen they’ve infused it with - apparently that gives the drink the smooth serve you’d get if you had brought your cocktail shaker out with you.

Order online

  

 

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