Durham Distillery’s Canned Cocktails

When we think of hot summer days in the South, be it poolside, beachside or on the porch in the early evening, having a cocktail in hand and enjoying time with family and friends is an inherent part of our culture.

As we surrender to the heat, August features a new product line from Durham Distillery — premium ready-to-drink cocktails in the convenience of a 12-ounce can. We will have two flavors to start: Gin & Tonic and Vodka & Soda.

Canned cocktails are popular in several areas of the United States. San Diego-based Cutwater Spirits distributes its 14 canned cocktail flavors to more than 25 states. In North Carolina, however, the ready-to-drink cocktail options have been disappointing.

Prepped cocktails, many with artificial flavors, are common in ABC stores. Alternatively, canned “cocktails” popping up in the local convenience store or grocery are made from malt beverage, not vodka or gin. Even the hard spritzers are made this way. Trust me, you’ll taste the difference.

Conniption American Dry Gin & Tonic is made with Conniption American Dry Gin (recognized as one of the best contemporary gins made in the United States), our housemade tonic, and a blend of natural Meyer lemon, orange and lime — all perfectly mixed with the right amount of carbonation. We crafted our tonic to specifically highlight the gorgeous flavors of Conniption American Dry gin. The simple and fresh ingredients lend themselves to being consumed as is or with a garnish of your choice.

Cold Distilled Cucumber Flavored Vodka & Soda features two classic ingredients: our Cold Distilled Cucumber-flavored Vodka (named a Best New Vodka of 2017 by Supercall) and bubbly club soda with a hint of lime. It’s ideal for drinking ice cold with a citrus squeeze.

The cocktails are gluten-free and made without artificial ingredients or high-fructose corn syrup, so there is nothing to sacrifice in flavor or quality.

These are sold as a four-pack for $14.95 and will be available for purchase starting in early August at North Carolina ABC stores and at the distillery (after you’ve taken a tour). If you don’t see them, please ask your local ABC store to carry them.

What better way to enjoy the rest of the summer and the tailgating season than with a delicious premium Durham Distillery canned cocktail in hand? Just chill, pop and sip. Front porch optional.

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