Tons of people love hard seltzer; that’s safe to say. These beverages have become one of the most popular ways to drink over the past few years, with the global market reaching 4.36 billion in 2019! People can’t get enough.
According to statistics, the number of adults drinking hard seltzer at bars and restaurants grew to nearly 7.3 million people as of 2019. Since then, those numbers have grown even larger. These drinks are a fundamental part of the American drinking experience, so it’s no surprise people are trying to find creative ways to inject them into a night out however possible.
While they’re constantly being bought and enjoyed, there are still some areas of the drinking world that these bad boys haven’t conquered yet. Cocktails are one of them.
Cocktails that include hard seltzers are mostly uncharted territory. If you go to a local bar or club, you’ll be hard-pressed to find very many cocktails with hard seltzer in them—but we think that’ll change soon. We’re here to show you the error of their ways with some of the most popular hard seltzer cocktails we can find.
Classics With A Twist
Why change a good thing? We’re taking cocktails that are already beloved and giving them a little seltzer kick.
Do you like Piña Coladas? How about getting lost in the rain? Well, the good news is the whole rain thing is optional when you’ve got a killer recipe on your hands for this summery cocktail.
While this recipe doesn’t utilize coconut milk, a key ingredient in a real Piña Coladas, our choice of hard seltzer makes for an identical taste profile. By using an aged rum along with your usual sweet syrup, the taste of this drink will astound you with how much it tastes like the normal version.
All you’ll need for this recipe is:
- Aged rum
- Simple syrup
- Lime juice
- Piña Colada Hard Seltzer
This Piña Colada Hard Seltzer is an award-winning drink from Cutwater Spirits out of San Diego, California. Made with white rum, ripe pineapple, and creamy coconut, this hard seltzer embraces Cutwater Tequila rum and coconut cream liqueur!
Need something new for Cinco de Mayo? How about a breezy day at the beach? Try this easy recipe for Hard Seltzer Margaritas! Margaritas are enjoyed for their refreshing flavor, but the tradeoff comes in the form of high calories and sugar count. This is a fantastic alternative using hard seltzer to lower those calories.
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- Lime Margarita Hard Seltzer
- Frozen mango
Lime Margarita Hard Seltzers are made by Crook and Marker Spiked Beverages company, and these bad boys pack a flavorful punch. This 11.5 oz can of hard seltzer rocks a solid 5% ABV, zero sugar, and 100 calories.
Crook & Marker created the first USDA Organic Canned Margarita infused with organic Blue Agave Tequilana, perfect for injecting into any greater margarita recipe for double the taste!
Long Island Iced Tea
Quite possibly the most dangerous drink on the market, Long Island Iced Teas are a deceptively delicious but potent cocktail that can lead to wild nights you’ll never remember. The only way to make it even better is with a hard seltzer.
For this recipe, you’ll need:
- Long-Island Iced Tea Hard Seltzer
- Triple sec
- Sweet and sour mix
- Cola, to taste
- Lemon slice
Normally associated with a “throw it all in their” approach to getting as tipsy as possible as quickly as you can, this drink has just been elevated to another level.
The addition of a Long-Island Iced Tea Hard Seltzer uses the highest quality ingredients to create a whopping 13.2% ABV per can. Be sure to use these in moderation with your already powerful cocktail, but they do add just the extra flavor to push this drink over the edge.
Maybe you’re sick of the same old cocktails that you always order and want to try something new. Well, look no further. There’s plenty of recipes out there that embrace the hard seltzer lifestyle into making new, exciting cocktail combinations.
Mango Seltzer Sunrise
Want to know the best way to enjoy a Mango-flavored Hard Seltzer? With bourbon and brandy! This recipe is easy as pie to make and tastes fantastic. It’s sure to be a new favorite for you.
All you’ll need for this one is:
- White Claw Mango
- Lemon juice
- Simple syrup
The best hard seltzer for a drink like this is also the most famous one: a White Claw. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! This worldwide phenomenon embraces mango flavor within a compact 12oz, 5% ABV package.
Hard Seltzer Slushie
This drink exists for when you want something tasty, alcoholic, and cold. A Hard Seltzer Slushie is the natural evolution of cocktail creation that will refresh anyone who tries it.
For this, you’ll need only a few key ingredients:
- Arctic Chill Hard Seltzer
- Frozen Strawberries
- Frozen Mango
The Arctic Chill Hard Seltzer comes in several different flavors, including Pineapple Pomelo, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Raspberry Lime, and Black Cherry. All of which could work perfectly within this cocktail recipe (although we personally recommend Black Cherry for this one).
Gin & Tea Cocktail
Tea may be the one thing you associate less with cocktails than hard seltzer, but the more you think about it, you’ll come to see how potentially delicious it could be. This recipe infuses a gin-based cocktail with tea, honey, and hard seltzer all in one. Give it a try!
For this, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Spiked Tea Hard Seltzer
- Hot Water
- Earl Grey Tea Bag
The combination of these items and flavors delivers a unique, irresistible concoction. The Spiked Tea Hard Seltzer embraces a variety of natural fruit flavors, including Lemon Tea, Peach Tea, Sweet Tea, and Raspberry Tea.
To Seltzer or Not To Seltzer
Combining hard seltzers into cocktails seems like a match made in heaven, bringing together people's favorite ways to drink booze without sacrificing one or the other. It seems clear that the hard seltzer obsession won’t come to an end any time soon.
Next time you’re at home, debating what kind of drink to make yourself or someone else, don’t forget the brave new world of hard seltzer cocktails. It’s the wild west out here! Experiment, and enjoy by browsing all the hard seltzers you can dream of on TapRM!