When that really hot summer weather rolls in, there’s nothing like cracking open a summer drink (can or bottle) to enjoy all of the sun and heat we can before the inevitable cold months. If you’ve hopped on the seltzer train, or love refreshing versions of old favourites, there’s sure to be a summer drink for you at LCBO, or your local brewery, winery, cidery, or restaurant!
We’ve been loving these drinks for date nights in, beach dates out of the city, and backyard BBQs with friends:
When you find a drink as refreshing, light, and sugar-free as Nude, you’ll want to bring them along on a date.
Nude Vodka Sodas are made with triple-distilled Ontario corn vodka and all-natural fruit extracts and essences. This 12 can Mixer pack includes four crowd-favourite Nude flavours; Raspberry Lemon, Lime, Peach, and Black Cherry, each with only 100 calories per serving.
Where you can find it: Find them at LCBO, and hope more flavours come to Ontario!
Growers Cider is one of Canada’s original ciders. They don’t use artificial flavours or colours and have now introduced a spritz to their line up. If you’re a watermelon drink lover, you’re going to want to try this one out. We love how the lavender flavours keep the drink not-too-sweet.
The best part about summer drinks is when you can have more than just one. This low sugar cider seltzer by Niagara Cider Co. has a fruit medley burst of apple, pineapple, mango, and citrus while still remaining light and crisp rather than overly sweet and juice-like.
If you’re trying to feel like you’re on vacation while sipping on a drink, this one will be your go-to for summer dates. Plus, the can is really cute!
As true Ontarians, Georgian Bay Vodka and Gin Smash has been part of our summer drinks rotation for years now! When we found out they now have a new look with their Smashed Sodas, we had to include them. These low-cal cocktails are a refreshing blend of craft distilled spirits, natural flavours and botanicals, with only 2 grams of sugar.
They come in a ‘Smash Pack’ that features a dozen 355 mL cans in three flavours: Strawberry Smashed Soda, Lime Smashed Soda and Mandarin Smashed Soda.
Where you can find it: Find this and other Georgian Bay drinks at LCBO.
Botanicals are so in right now so it’s no surprise that summer drinks are being made with a focus on botanical flavours to cut the sweetness of the most popular fruits. Say goodbye to orange and strawberry and say hello to Peach Orange Blossom and Strawberry Hibiscus.
These are definitely worth a try and have a pleasant taste that isn’t too sweet to crack open a second can!
Where you can find it: Find XOXO products at The Wine Shop.
Have tea in the morning, and Cold Brew Iced Tea Spiked Seltzer in the evening! The drink is just as light and refreshing as it sounds. The iced tea aspect leaves the drink off-dry so it’s not too sweet when the sun is out in full force.
Where you can find it: Available at the The Wine Shop; $10.45/4-pack
The thing we love about Founder’s Cocktails is that they maintain bar-level quality taste, without being too light. When you’re looking for a drink to pack a punch and deliver that classic cocktail taste we would expect at a crowded bar (without the line ups).
Our favourite is the Sicilian Lemon Vodka Fizz!
Where you can find it: Available at the LCBO.