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Sparkling Palomas and Daiquiris You Can Sneak in Anywhere

Your Concerts and Ball Games Are About to Get a Whole Lot Boozier

By Hadley Tomicki ·
Canned cocktails, like canned corn, may never come close to the real thing. But until we devise a better method for slipping a Boston shaker into movies, concerts, baseball games and airplanes, their practicality outweighs their drawbacks.

We’ve seen our share of companies working furiously to make these things “a thing.” Next up to the plate are sparkling cocktails in cans from Half-Seas, which are currently available in their hometown of Seattle and hitting the rest of the country next week.

Half-Seas come from the same company that makes Scrappy’s Bitters and come in three cocktail flavors: Daiquiri, Paloma and the London favorite known as the Bramble. Named for an 18th century nautical term, the drinks claim to be a notch above their competition by using real premium spirits, bitters and improved ingredients like cane sugar and natural fruit sodas, with a bit of champagne-like effervescence even your fancy mustachioed bartender isn’t typically offering.

They come in attractive cans that will likely evade the notice of any overzealous officers of the law watching you sip. We did a little taste test between two people this week, split on our feelings about the daiquiri, with one loving it, the other describing the taste as “a little weird.”

More successful was the canned Paloma, with the tequila flavor nicely prominent amongst the other ingredients. Coming in at 12% alcohol, sharing the two drinks on the way to an outdoor concert got us just where we needed to be, while going where we were actually going.

A four-pack is priced at $16-20, or roughly the same price of a single cocktail at whatever trendy bar you may be frequenting these days.
Hadley Tomicki

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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