A Few of Our Favorite Hard Seltzer Cocktail Recipes with Fountain

Hard seltzer, but make it craft. 

What’s not to love about the concept of hard seltzer, honestly? Before this tipple was the Next Big Thing--and now just the Big Thing--we were all obviously pretty gaga for straightforward, non-alcoholic seltzer. It’s refreshing and thirst-quenching but, you know, a little sassy with that crisp carbonation. A real bubbly personality, if you will. When alcoholic versions of seltzer rolled out, a new category of imbibing was born: this is kicking back in a lighter, more easy-going way. 

Hard seltzer’s lower on calories and typically lower in booze than many other adult beverages, which means it was made for day-long hangouts and afternoon “I’m done with work!” mini-celebrations. It’s one of the most cooling kinds of drinks to reach for on hot days, but spiked seltzer’s reign doesn’t end with the arrival of fall. It’s all about versatility, ease, and flexibility. Plus, the sky’s the limit on flavor possibilities, which just really ties the bow on the gift that is hard seltzer.

One could argue that the only hiccup with hard seltzer is that the scene quickly felt dominated by Big Seltzer. A few brands took center stage with less of a focus on creativity and quality. Enter: Fountain.

Fountain loves all of those things we mentioned about hard seltzer. But they had the novel idea that hard seltzer could be even better if it was craft hard seltzer. Creative flavors, a balance of accessibility and innovation, and a commitment to quality. Fountain’s hard seltzers are made by a team of brewers from some of the craft scene’s coolest breweries, and they’re made with famously delicious New York City water. At 5.5% ABV, the seltzers have a gluten-free fermented alcohol base and all-natural flavors, and clock in at only 110 calories. In other words, hard seltzer just got even better. 

Yet another great thing about spiked seltzer is how well it works for making tasty cocktails. When you use a Fountain seltzer, you’re using an elevated seltzer, so it only stands to reason that your cocktails are going to be elevated, too. Fountain shared some recipes with us that we’re passing on to you because, well, we like you, but also because these will keep your imbibing game fresh, exciting, and thirst-quenching for any occasion in any season.


The Elevated Paloma

Step 1: Combine tequila, Campari, lime juice, and salted grapefruit cordial in a heavily iced mixing glass.

Step 2: Stir for 30-40 seconds. Look to see if about 1 oz. or so of water from the ice has been mixed into the combo. 

Step 3: Strain cocktail into a highball or Collins glass that has fresh ice.

Step 4: Fill the rest of the glass with the Fountain Hard Seltzer Lime.

Step 5: Add the grapefruit peel to garnish, take a sip, and feel instantly refreshed.


The Bourbon Blueberry Lemonade

  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup
  • 8-10 blueberries
  • 0.75 oz. Fountain Hard Seltzer Blueberry
  • Lemon peel
  • 3 extra blueberries for garnish

Step 1: Muddle blueberries and lemon juice in a mixing glass.

Step 2: Add the bourbon and simple syrup to the mixing glass, plus three or four ice cubes.

Step 3: Stir for 15-20 seconds. Look to see if about 0.5 oz. or so of water from the ice has been mixed into the combo. 

Step 4: Double strain the cocktail into a double rocks glass with a single ice cube.

Step 5: Top with the Fountain Hard Seltzer Blueberry.

Step 6: Garnish with the lemon peel, looped on a skewer, along with another skewer of the extra blueberries. Sip, enjoy, and sink into a relaxing evening.


The Dark & Stormy

Step 1: Combine the ginger beer and Fountain Hard Seltzer Lime in a Collins glass.

Step 2: Add enough crushed ice to the glass to leave a 2” gap at the top.

Step 3: Float the dark rum and simple syrup at top for color gradiation.

Step 4: Give the cocktail a stir before sipping to make sure all the ingredients are harmoniously blended. Say, “Cheers!” to your new-found mixology skills.

The Sparkling Jungle Bird

  • 1.5 oz. dark rum
  • 0.75 oz. Campari
  • 0.5 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 0.5 oz. simple syrup
  • 1.5 oz. fresh pineapple juice
  • 2 oz. soda water
  • 2 oz. Fountain Hard Seltzer Passionfruit
  • Pineapple leaves
  • Pineapple wedge
  • Maraschino cherry

Step 1: Combine the dark rum, Campari, lime juice, simple syrup, and pineapple juice in a heavily iced mixing glass. 

Step 2: Stir for 30-40 seconds. Look to see if about 1 oz. or so of water from the ice has been mixed into the combo. 

Step 3: Strain cocktail into a highball or Collins glass that has fresh ice. 

Step 4: Top with the soda water and Fountain Hard Seltzer Passionfruit. 

Step 5: To garnish, slit the pineapple leaves and add them to the rim of the glass. Skewer the pineapple wedge, skewer the maraschino cherry, add to the cocktail, and enjoy your momentary exotic getaway. 

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