Hard seltzers have been dominating the low-carb alcohol market for a while now, and have become a staple drink for many health conscious drinkers. Aside from being a quick and easy pre-mixed drink to drink straight from the can, these tasty little drinks are very versatile and can be used to add an exciting twist to many classic cocktails. With many of us finding ourselves spending more time drinking at home again, we can’t think of a better time to get a bit innovative with your hard seltzers! Here are three exciting ideas to get you started.
Deemed the ‘2018 drink of the summer’, this Italian classic is usually made from prosecco, seltzer water and, of course, Aperol. The seltzer water used is normally alcohol free and flavour free, so replacing it with a hard seltzer not only increases the alcohol content, but also turns up the flavour.
To make this Italian cocktail with a twist, you will need 3 measures of Prosecco, 2 measures of Aperol and 2 measures of hard seltzer, with an optional sprig of rosemary to finish if you like a herby aroma.
We recommend opting for Long Shot Hard Seltzer’s Grapefruit flavour hard seltzer La Gioiosa Prosecco for use in an Aperol Spritz cocktail. Fill half a wine glass with ice cubes, pour the ingredients over the top and you're ready to go!
The mojito is an ever popular summer drink, typically made from white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint. Best of all, the mojito is very easy to make, and it's one of the most refreshing drinks around with a combination of sweetness, citrus, and herbaceous mint flavours.
By adding hard seltzer to the mix, you can add flavour without adding large amounts of calories. The ingredients you will need include 1.5 ounces of rum, 1/2 ounce of lime juice and lemon juice, 1/2 ounce of mint simple syrup, 1 cup of ice and 2-3 ounces of Hard Seltzer – we recommend Mike’s Lime flavoured seltzer or Bodega Bay’s Lemon and Mint variety. Add all of the ingredients other than the seltzer to the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
Strain over a glass of ice and top with the hard seltzer. You can garnish the drink with mint leaves for a professional finish that will impress your friends.
Sangria is a highly versatile drink as you can experiment with different flavours to match the different seasons. Originating in Spain and Portugal, this punch traditionally consists of red wine and chopped fruit, often with other ingredients or spirits. One of the best things about sangria is that it is easy to make large amounts for guests to help themselves to at a party. Although typically made from red wine, you can opt to use white wine for a lighter drink.
To make a seltzer sangria, use one bottle of dry white wine (such as Piattini Pinot Grigio or Fauno Blanco Viura Sauvignon Blanc, one cup of apple cider, half a cup of orange liqueur (such as cointreau) and one can of Koppaberg Mixed Berries Seltzer. Then add the fruits of your choice to achieve your desired flavour - strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, orange and lemon can all be great additions to a sangria.
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