The Top 12 Gluten-Free Canned Cocktails, Compared
For those living with Celiac disease, (an autoimmune disorder impacting approximately 3 million Americans), wheat allergies, or non-Celiac gluten sensitivity, eating anything can be a significant challenge. Although there are countless gluten-free options to choose from, and some sites even provide gluten-free grocery and wheat-free alternatives lists for easy shopping, it still takes time (and patience) to adjust to a new way of eating, cooking, and even drinking.
The good news is, most beverages, including most alcoholic beverages made with distilled alcohol, are gluten-free. Out of all alcohol types, rum, tequila, and potato vodka are almost surely always gluten-free, while wine usually is, and whiskey might be. Beer, on the other hand, most frequently is not, unless otherwise stated to be so, like these brands, or maybe these.
But what about your favorite mixed drinks and cocktails? What can you serve at your next soiree if you've got gluten-sensitive pals on the guest list? If you're accustomed to just tossing a few cans in the cooler for people to grab, things might look complicated — but not around here! We've found a selection of gluten-free canned cocktails that should work out just fine. Come check them out, and try not to get thirsty as you browse our tasty gluten-free cocktails in a can:
In 2016, Southern California's Cutwater Spirits began creating their world class distillery. Now they make their own full line of vodka, gin, whiskey, rum, liqueur, mixers, and canned cocktails.
And out of their 14 refreshing canned cocktails, 12 of them are gluten-free, including the tangy Grapefruit Tequila Paloma:
As well as the Fugu Vodka Mule, the Lime Tequila Margarita, the Old Grove Gin & Tonic, and the Fugu Horchata Cold Brew, when you need a little caffeine with your vodka:
You can browse all their canned cocktails here.
Where can I purchase this? You can purchase Cutwater Spirits in over 30 states; find a retailer near you here. It looks like ShopWineDirect sells them as well as stores like Walmart. Cutwater Spirits merchandise can be purchased here. If you have trouble finding their products, you can also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're in San Diego, you can enjoy lunch, dinner, drinks, or a tour of their 30,000 foot facility in person. Military and First Responders get 15% off when they show appropriate ID at the Cutwater Spirits' Tasting Room and Kitchen.
How much is it? Varies by store. We found some at this liquor store for $3.40/can and around $13/4-pack.
Are they gluten-free? 12 of their 14 cocktails in a can are gluten-free. You can see the 'gluten-free' designation beside each description on their website here.
At only 110-125 total fizzy calories per 6 oz. serving (Note: each can is 12 oz.), you can be sure these won't add to your waistline. They're also guaranteed to contain nothing artificial — and no preservatives, either.
You could start with a Sparkling Greyhound, made with grapefruit, chamomile, and cardamom and a splash of premium vodka:
You can also snag a ginger-apricot-lime and vodka Sparkling Moscow Mule, or a tart pear, cranberry and lime Sparkling Cosmopolitan, also with the perfect amount of vodka:
Since they're all gluten-free, you can grab a few ready-to-drink packs of each kind for your party's cocktail cooler, or keep a 4-pack of your favorite flavor in the fridge for your next Netflix night!
Where can I purchase this? There's a store finder on their page which you can use here.
How much is it? They're sold in singles and 4-packs at prices of $2.99 and $11.99, respectively.
Are they gluten-free? Yes, all flavors are gluten-free, preservative-free, vegan, low-calorie, sweetened with evaporated cane sugar, and are labeled to contain nothing artificial.
You start with fermented sugar infused with the cold-pressed citrus essence of a range of fruits, then pour it into cans adorned with 1920's era art deco mermaids, and voila - you've got the lightly alcoholic seltzer drink that started it all - Spiked Seltzer.
All Spiked Seltzer canned alcoholic drinks are gluten-free and naturally flavored, with only 6% total alcohol content and 5 grams of carbs per drink.
Each 12 oz. can contains appx 14o calories.
Spiked Seltzer has been mentioned in popular magazines and networks like O, The Oprah Magazine, Food Network, PopSugar, and Esquire:
Available in 4 main types, Spiked Seltzers are made with a hint of flavor to be enjoyed chilled in their own can, poured over ice in a glass, or stirred in with a few other ingredients in a homemade recipe (Just make sure everything you add is gluten-free, too)!
You can stock up on Cape Cod Cranberry, Valencia Orange (their take on the mimosa), West Indies Lime (a mojito), or Indian River Grapefruit (their Paloma-inspired drink).
And if you're interested, you can shop for Spiked Seltzer merchandise on their site, too:
Co-owners Nick Shields (formerly of Nantucket Nectars), and businessman Dave Holmes are hoping you'll send in your ideas for quotes, thoughts, and other such wisdom they can print on their bottle caps as well. If they like yours, they'll use it!
Where can I purchase this? There's a store locator on their site which you can use here.
How much is it? You can buy a 12-pk ranging in price depending upon your location and store from $13-$17. This store has a variety pack of 12 for $12.99.
Are they gluten-free? Yes.
When you feel like drinking something kinda fancy, but you really want it to be in a can, it's time to go with WheelHouse artisanal canned cocktails.
Promising the proper balance of sweetness and refreshment, this Colorado-based company offers gluten-free canned alcoholic drinks celebrated through images of their finest creations with the #BecauseCansCanGoWhereBottlesCant hashtag across social media:
Their elegant packaging design created by Watermark sets the tone for a light, yet flavorful cocktail conveniently stored in a slender can for sipping at the beach, poolside, nature trail, mountaintop, or anywhere else bottles can't go.
You can get 3 tasty flavors at this time: the Grapefruit/Mint/Lime with a splash of Gin, the Black Tea Thyme Lemonade Vodka, or the Mint/Cucumber/Elderflower and Lime with Vodka.
Where can I purchase this? Although limited to distribution within Colorado currently, interested parties are welcome to contact retailers in their location finder for further information and possible shipping options. You can also email: Quinton@WheelHouseCocktails.com for further info.
Are they gluten-free? Yes.
While continuing our quest of the best gluten-free canned alcoholic drinks, we must insist that no summer (or early autumn) get-together is complete without the fruity blend of Portland Sangria in the cooler.
Adding the perfect touch for a late-summer picnic or kick-off BBQ for your first (or 4th...or 5th? We'll stop there, but you do you!) fall session of college, Portland Sangria fits in just as well in an elegant wine glass or served over ice at the dinner table with a fresh sprig of rosemary.
Available in thirst-quenching Lemon-Ginger with Rosemary, Blueberry Basil, or Raspberry-Loganberry Cardamom, each gluten-free can is all-natural and filled with just the right amounts of juice, wine, herbs, and fizz.
Bring some along on a hike or bike ride, or blend some up in the Vitamix with fresh fruit and ice for a frosty after work treat.
Born from an accident of too much wine and not enough bottles in 2010, Portland Sangria took shape as a last-minute idea of winemaker Ryan Sharp, and two months later became an area favorite with people requesting more.
Today it's available via distributors in several states — or you can buy some online.
And while it stores easy, either chilled or not, it doesn't stay on the shelves long in either condition!
How much is it? Normally $20.00 for a 4-pk, currently marked down to $15.00 per 4-pk.
Are they gluten-free? Yes.
Inspired by the stress-free beaches of lush St. Tropez, the low-carb, low calorie, and gluten-free Pampelonne Sparkling Wine cocktails in a can are available in 7 bubbly flavors -the favorite French 75, Blood-Orange Spritz, Rose Lime, Negroni Sbagliato, Watermelon Americano, Harvest Pear Palmetto, and Black Cherry Bicicletta.
Pampelonne comes in 250-ml colorfully striped cans you can toss in the cooler for the backyard BBQ guests to grab, or pour chilled into pretty glasses when you want to impress.
Each 8.4 fl. oz (250-ml) can has only 120 calories.
Served in a variety of places, Pampelonne has been named in publications like Refinery29, Fortune, Epicurious, Cosmopolitan, Bon Appetit, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart, the Today Show, and InStyle.
So let's see... Pampelonne wine cocktails in a can are low calorie, gluten-free, easy to transport, and servable at any type of event. It seems the only question left is which flavor to try first!
Are they gluten-free? Yes.
Piekowszewski believes millennials want something better, made with traceable ingredients. "You drank through college on the cheapest stuff available, but now you have a job and you trade up," Piekoszewski says. "Consumers today care where ingredients come from."
Vrai canned cocktails are made without sodium, artificial coloring, or high fructose corn syrup.
And as we look around at how Vrai's products are holding up since last summer's kickoff in Whole Foods and Mariano's Chicagoland locations, we can gauge that he's right.
Plus, when Thrillist calls your product, "not only... one of the best hard teas on the market, it's one of the better 'cocktails-in-a-can' you can buy, period" you know you have arrived.
If that's not enough, Sherrie Rosenblatt of D.C.'s Can Manufacturers Institute assesses Vrai hard teas as, "easy on the go, keeps the flavor you're looking for, and (more easily) recyclable" too. So this stuff pretty covers the priorities of most conscious consumers today - and tastes phenomenal to boot.
Get it in refreshing Grapefruit Paloma, Tangy Tangerine, or the popular hard Green Tea:
Where can I purchase this? You can find a store near you using this locator.
How much is it? 4-packs are about $12.00.
Are they gluten-free? Yes.
Are you more of a hard soda person than a canned whiskey, canned vodka, or canned tequila drink person? No worries — we've got something for you, too! And yes, it IS still gluten-free. Enter Root Sellers:
Enjoy or serve up a few ice cold cans of Pedal Hard Ginger Beer or Row Hard Root Beer, each a full 16 oz.
According to co-owner Kit Maxfield, "Our root beer is gluten-free because we wanted to make our product the traditional way. Root beer was always alcoholic back in the day before it was turned into soda pop. We took that same traditional recipe, but with new brewing techniques, found out how to make it with a higher alcohol percentage – 6.7 percent."
The Missouri-based company distributes their canned beverages well throughout the Midwest and New England, combining into their recipes such grain-free ingredients as pure cane sugar, molasses, ginger root, spices and botanicals - and for the newest product, their Himmel & Erde Carrot Apple Ale - carrot and apple juices. (But you'll have to be in select Missouri area restaurants or pubs to try the Carrot Apple Ale - it's served on draft only.)
Wanna make hard root beer floats or something else extra fun for your party with these products? Check the recipe list here.
Where can I purchase this? There's no store-finder on their site, but you'll likely find these products throughout Missouri, New England, and some other locales as well. If not, you can contact the company for further info here.
How much is it? We found some here for $8.89 per 4-pk and a range of prices here. We called several locations locally and no one had it in stock - but some indicated they could possibly order it for me.
Are they gluten-free? Yes!
Abita's Bayou Bootlegger
If you need gluten-free alcoholic drinks, and your guests would probably be more interested in a hard soda than a premixed cocktail or other types of drinks, try this:
Louisiana's Abita Brewing Company has created the all natural, gluten-free Bayou BootLegger hard root beer. Inspired by the adventurous spirit of NOLA-famed French pirate Jean Lafitte, Bayou Bootlegger is a favorite throughout New Orleans and beyond.
With products found mostly on the east side of the Mississippi River, the flavor of Bayou Bootlegger sodas is described as having 'wintergreen, sassafras, and vanilla with hints of clove and anise.'
If you're in Louisiana, you can visit the Abita brewery in person! Join a guided tour, or start a self-guided tour, by going here.
Where can I purchase this? Use this locator to help find Bayou Bootlegger hard root beer near you. (You don't have to live in the Bayou to find this stuff, either - I was able to find two stores selling it - about 80 miles away from my central Michigan home).
For anyone interested in the non-alcoholic version, Abita's regular root beer is also gluten-free and sold in cans:
Are they gluten-free? Yes.
Continuing on our tour of the best canned gluten-free cocktail drinks comes the light and refreshing Truly Spiked and Sparkling.
Made in 8 refreshing flavors (Wild Berry, Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Pomegranate, Blueberry & Acai, Raspberry & Lime, Lemon & Yuzu, and Sicilian Blood Orange), Truly is low calorie, low sugar (1g per serving), 5% ABV, and gluten-free.
Their newest flavor is Wild Berry:
They've been mentioned in some big name publications, too:
And they love when their fans share their good times and stories with the #LiveTruly hashtag across social media.
So what do you think your favorite flavor will be?
Make sure you've got a few of each for the cooler!
And if you can't decide on any certain flavors, try a mixed pack, like this Citrus Mix below, which features the Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, Lemon & Yuzu, and Sicilian Blood Orange:
Or a Mixed Berry Mix with Wild Berry, Blueberry & Acai, Raspberry Lime and Pomegranate:
Where can I purchase this? Enter your zipcode here to find a location near you.
How much is it? This site has 6-packs starting at $8.99 and single cans starting at $4.50.
Are they gluten-free? Yes, all flavors are gluten-free at this time.
Are some canned cocktails just a little too sweet for you? Well, feast your eyes on these! Canadian Social Lite canned drinks are unsweetened, made with premium distilled vodka, citrus juice concentrate, natural flavors, and carbonated water. They contain only 4% alcohol and 80 calories per can (355 ml) — and, of course, they're gluten-free, too.
Available in flavors like Grapefruit Pomelo, Spiked Lemon Iced Tea:
As well as Lime Ginger, Lemon Cucumber Mint, and tropical Pineapple Mango.
Social Lite was made simply for people who often can't find a drink they like at the company BBQ or neighborhood luau — something light and refreshing, flavorful, but not so sweet. If that's you, and you're in one of the 6 provinces (or South Carolina) they distribute in currently - you've got it made!
Where can I purchase this? You can purchase Social Lite in 4-packs throughout 6 Canadian Provinces and in South Carolina of the United States. Check for locations near you here.
How much is it? A 4-pack of their slim 12-ounce cans are appx $8.99.
Is it gluten-free? Absolutely!
Bloomery MixAlchemy Canned Cocktails
Last but most certainly not least is our favorite find yet.
Made in the most-awarded farm distillery in the United States (including the Whole Foods Good Food Award and the Double Gold from the San Francisco International Spirit Competition), Bloomery Distillery's MixAlchemy canned cocktails are about to make their debut in 3-6 flavors:
The first flavors are:
- Moscow Mule
- Tuscan Lemonade
- Raspberry Lemon Ruby Red Grapefruit Crush
and they hope to include:
- Black Manhattan
- Cranberry Clementine Gin & Tonic
- Pumpkin Spice AppleSauced
Although currently in Kickstarter phase, we have high expectations for these cocktails in a can, as just about every single guest who has wandered into this West Virginia locale has left a 5-star review - numbering well over 800 on the 4 top review sites combined (see links below).
Ever heard the song 'Take Me Home, Country Roads' by John Denver? Well, that famous tune's 3rd stanza was written steps away from the company's historic log cabin distillery, where they've hosted nearly 100,000 visitors at the spot "where the Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Shenandoah River."
Need some evidence that these are top shelf hand-crafted canned cocktails? Check their Yelp, FaceBook, and TripAdvisor pages, where you'll find over 800 5-star reviews. Now that's how you do business!
Are you in or near West Virginia? You'd be wise to pledge $10 or more on their Kickstarter since this fall is their goal for a sampling party, canning party, and more at their distillery in Charles Town, West Virginia. And since they can their cocktails by hand, they've consulted with an approved canning company in Baltimore, so that, as their site explains, they have someone "who can take over the canning process if they become overwhelmed with orders."
You can also read up on their regular business here, where they describe their work as 'An Artisanal Blend of Vice and Virtue,' or visit their article in the Distillery Channel, highlighting the history of the distillery cabin and bootlegging history of the Bloomery region, where they make their own line of 190-proof moonshine-based 'SweetShine' and other treats while simultaneously growing their own lemons, ginger, raspberries, pumpkins, black walnuts, roses, and cranberries.
They hit their goal in July, as stated here:
Now, the planning for distributing begins. Pledge the following amounts to take part in several ways:
A $17 Pledge gets you a ticket to a Saturday Sampling Party where you can sample the canned cocktails, enjoy live music, and indulge in a full tasting of their SweetShine as well.
$25 Pledges get an artistic original WV Can 'vase' for your flowers - shipped anywhere in the world.
$60 Pledges get a poster featuring Bloomery's original label artwork.
Big backers of $500 or more get tickets to a private canning and signing party for 6 individuals at the historic distillery.
Where can I purchase this? Right now, it's still in Kickstarter phase, but they've just started selling in one location: Rob's Hillside Liquors in Knoxville, MD.
How much is it? Prices aren't up just yet.
Is it gluten-free? Yes, according to their site.
And there you have it! Our favorites of the top gluten-free canned cocktails. Do you think you'll try one? Did we miss anything? Do you have a different favorite? Share in the comments below - we'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject!