Canned Cocktails: Are They as Good as the Real Thing?

Whether you’re at an outdoor gathering with friends or walking through your local liquor store, chances are you’ve noticed the canned cocktail boom. Consumers are now able to enjoy their favorite mixed drinks in the convenience of a can. While ready-to-drink cocktails in a can are becoming increasingly popular, the question remains, are they as good as real, hand-mixed cocktails?

Columbia Distributing is a leading beverage distributor that works to keep fridges stocked with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages at a variety of establishments throughout Washington and Oregon. Here, we explore this question to help you decide whether canned cocktails or hand-mixed drinks are the right options for your needs.

No More Mixing, No More Bad Cocktails

While you may not be willing to give up your home bar collection, you also might not always want to serve as a bartender for parties or even just yourself. The biggest benefit of ready-to-drink cocktails is that the work is already done. You don’t need to measure out ingredients and worry whether your mixed drink will please the taste buds of different guests. All you need to do is keep the cans properly stored in a refrigerator at the right temperature. The perfect proportions have already been measured out, which means canned cocktails are balanced for optimal flavor.

Because of their convenience, canned cocktails are great to have on hand for outdoor events or any setting where essential ingredients, such as fresh fruit and mixers, are not easily accessible. The days of transporting your favorite cocktail supplies and making a mess in the process are long gone.

Another advantage of choosing canned cocktails is the variety available. Typically, you are limited to the ingredients you have on hand. With canned cocktails, the ingredients are already in the can and can provide you and your guests with many more options. This allows greater opportunity for you and your guests to try new cocktails. If you don’t like it, at least you didn’t buy all the ingredients that might otherwise to go waste.

Nothing Quite Like a Hand-Mixed Cocktail

While hand-mixed cocktails can’t compete with the convenience and portability of ready-to-drink canned cocktails, many still prefer mixing their own drinks. Although they are quite delicious, canned cocktails may limit the consumer. This can be especially true for individuals who prefer their cocktails to include certain mixers or ingredients that aren’t included in the canned equivalent. Hand-mixed cocktails also allow a greater level of control for consumers who are conscious of added ingredients that go into their food and drink, such as preservatives.

Finally, because hand-mixed cocktails exude an air of sophistication, there are some situations where they may be more ideal than the canned varieties. Canned cocktails may seem out of place at fancy dinner parties, weddings, and similar special occasions.

Canned Cocktails and Hand-Mixed Drinks at Columbia Distributing

Ultimately, the choice between canned cocktails and hand-mixed drinks comes down to your personal preference. Columbia Distributing has what you need, whether you favor canned, ready-to-drink cocktails or make your own.

Our large selection of products includes specialty premade cocktails from well-known brands, such as Craftwell Cocktails, Straightaway Cocktails, and Jack Daniel’s Country Cocktails. In addition, we also supply several non-alcoholic mixers that can be used to create a wide variety of great-tasting beverages.

As a premier beverage distributor in Washington and Oregon, we take pride in assisting our clients when it comes to alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Contact us today for more information on canned cocktails and hand-mixed drinks.