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The Spiked Seltzer Craze
Posted on April 20, 2019 by in Spirits

Most hard seltzer has only been around for five years, but the category has already gained a loyal following. It’s trending on social media and sales are skyrocketing, proving that spiked seltzer is here to stay.

The beauty of hard seltzer is that it tastes delicious, it doesn’t weigh you down, and it delivers a decent punch (5-7% ABV). When you’re feeling something lighter than a cocktail and half the carbs of a beer, the refreshingly simple answer is hard seltzer.

Clean, crisp and tastefully flavored, spiked seltzer is like boozy La Croix. The production process is actually similar to beer, but seltzer is made from fermented cane sugar instead of malted barley. And because the flavors are derived from natural fruit, hard seltzer is low in calories and often gluten-free. Plus, the reduced sugar content makes it less likely to cause a hangover.

Most seltzers come in cans, so take them to the beach, take them camping, take them wherever adventure awaits. If you’re a Vodka Soda with a splash of cranberry type of person, then you just found your new favorite drink.

5 Must-Try Spiked Seltzers

1. Truly Spiked & Sparkling

Following the lead of other brands, Truly has officially made the switch from bottles to cans. This Berry Variety Pack contains three each of Pomegranate, Wild Berry, Blueberry & Acai and Raspberry & Lime. All styles are 5% ABV, gluten free, 100 calories and contain only one gram of sugar.

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2. White Claw

White Claw is a social sensation and the hit of Summer 2018. This popular variety pack includes four each of Natural Lime, Black Cherry and Ruby Grapefruit. Gluten free, low carb and all-natural, White Claw is widely considered the purest hard seltzer in the world.

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3. Twisted Tea

Brewed with real tea for a natural flavor, Twisted Tea Original comes in 24 oz tall boy cans and 6-packs. This classic hard iced tea is refreshing, smooth and 5% ABV. Plus, check out their Twisted Tea Half & Half with lemonade flavor.

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4. Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer

A delicious blend of crisp refreshment and bubbly carbonation make Smirnoff the ideal drink for enjoying outdoors or after a long day of work. This variety pack features all your favorite flavors including Raspberry Rose, Watermelon, Cranberry Lime and Orange Mango. Each contains zero sugar, no artificial sweeteners, 90 calories and 4.5% ABV.

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5. Mike’s

Mike’s can be considered the grandfather of hard seltzers, and it remains hugely popular. This party pack includes 3 bottles of Strawberry, Black Cherry and Blood Orange, and the one that started it all, the classic Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

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