Labor Day has come and gone, kids are headed back to school and you can almost hear the warm weather season heaving its last gasps, so it’s time to call it: White Claw Summer is officially over. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop drinking those spiked seltzers so many of us have come to adore.
Not just refreshing but also diet- and wallet-friendly, hard seltzer was one of the biggest drinking trends of Summer 2019. The cultural phenomenon took hold not only for those straight-forward reasons but also perhaps, as Amanda Mull recently and brilliantly pointed out in The Atlantic, because of hard seltzer’s simplicity. Our palates can only take so many overly-hopped or puckering-ly sour brews and our bank accounts can stand only so many dozen-ingredient $18 cocktails before we become too overwhelmed to reach for anything else besides spiked and gassed water.
With that in mind, here are a few White Claw alternatives to try out so you can continue to do less as fall hastens our way.
BON & VIV SPIKED SELTZER
Founder Nick Shields has a long history in the beverage business, including working with juice brand Nantucket Nectars and Long Island vineyard Wölffer Estate, and it shows in his latest venture. The recipe was recently altered to lower the abv from 6.0% to 4.5% and there are only 90 calories in a can so you can explore more flavors in one session like black cherry-rosemary and clementine-hibiscus.
NAUTI HARD SELTZER
Committed to living that nautical-inspired lifestyle year-round? Nauti is the spiked seltzer for you. First released a few years ago by New England-located Wachusett Brewing Company, it’s 100 calories per can and has a 5% abv. Just like fan-favorite non-alcoholic Polar Seltzer, new flavors are released each year and 2019’s crop includes blueberry lemonade, watermelon, black cherry and mixed berry.
PRESS PREMIUM ALCOHOL SELTZER
Those looking to support female-founded businesses should seek out cans of PRESS, as Amy Walberg made sure her seltzers bring more elevated flavors to the market like pear-chamomile and grapefruit-cardamom. With 110 calories, 5 grams of sugar, 7 carbs per can and an abv of 4%, you can try them all guilt-free.
TRULY SPIKED & SPARKLING WATER
Truly probably has the easiest numbers to remember: 100 calories, 1 gram of sugar, and 5% alcohol in each can. The wide variety of flavors make the roster less easy to recall, but their simplicity highlights the brand’s commitment to TRULY doing less. We strongly suggest first reaching for the citrus-based flavors like grapefruit, lime and orange before exploring more tropical choices like passion fruit and pineapple.
WILD BASIN BOOZY SPARKLING WATER
From Colorado’s Oskar Blues Brewery comes a hard sparkling water that you can feel good about supporting. Wild Basin donates a portion of their proceeds to river and beach clean ups around the country and has raised over $170,000 as of this writing. Each can is only 100 calories with zero sugar, 5% alcohol and no artificial ingredients, you can enjoy fun flavors like cucumber-peach and melon-basil.