2021 Tasty Summer Seltzers

23 Tasty Spiked Seltzers to Try This Summer

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2021 Tasty Summer Seltzers

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In 2019, when White Claw seltzer became so popular that it spawned both memes and panic, few could have guessed how much the spiked seltzer market would explode. Now there are literally dozens of brands, from major players like Budweiser and Smirnoff on down to craft brewers and beyond. You won't find "the Claw" on this list or some other well-known brands, but you will find a bunch of options that will help you expand your hard seltzer repertoire over the summer. Happy sipping! (Are you more of a  beer lover? Check out these Great Summer Beers to Cool You Off On a Hot Day.)


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Topo Chico Tangy Lemon Lime
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Topo Chico Tangy Lemon Lime

ABV: 4.7% | Calories: 100

$16 (12-pack) from Total Wine

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This brand, which usually sticks to non-alcoholic sparkling water, marks parent company Coca-Cola's first foray into alcoholic beverages (at least in this country). We like the extra citrusy take of combining both lemon and lime into a hard seltzer, but the flavor isn't overwhelming. 

Related: 17 Fun and Little-Known Facts About Coca-Cola

Greenhouse Cucumber Basil
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Greenhouse Cucumber Basil

ABV: 5% | Calories: 110

$8 (4-pack) from Total Wine

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One of Total Wine's most highly rated seltzers, the word "refreshing" is used over and over again in reviews. Made by the California-based brand that normally focuses on gin and vodka, the company also makes seltzer flavors mango guava and pink grapefruit.


Lone River Ranch Water
Drizly

Lone River Ranch Water

ABV: 4% | Calories: 80

$10 (6-pack) from Drizly

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Lower in calories and alcohol than most on this list, this brand — made in Texas — keeps it simple with 100% agave and lime juice. Wrote one reviewer: "Lone River Ranch Water is delicate, refreshing, crushable, and not too strong ... My biggest problem is that I can't get enough of them!"

Mighty Swell Peach
Drizly

Mighty Swell Peach

ABV: 5% | Calories: 100

$9 (4-pack) and up from Drizly

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Nothing quite says summer like a juicy peach, which is why we love this Texas-based brand's seltzer that also has notes of citrus and floral. It earns great reviews from sippers, who say it's not overly sweet. 


Flying Embers Guava Jalapeño Hard Seltzer
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Flying Embers Guava Jalapeño Hard Seltzer

ABV: 5% | Calories: 95

$10 (6-pack) from Total Wine

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Looking for a bit of a kick with your hard seltzer? This flavor comes in a variety pack with two other flavors: pineapple cayenne and watermelon chili. One reviewer said (and we agree) that it's "Unlike any other seltzer out there. Has a richer mouthfeel compared to other seltzers. I always have to have this in my fridge..." 

Wild Basin Melon Basil
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Wild Basin Melon Basil

ABV: 5% | Calories: 100

$15 and up from Drizly
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Colorado-based Oskar Blues Brewery, the maker of this line of spiked seltzers, calls its products "boozy sparkling water." This flavor was part of its "original mix pack," which comes with three others: classic lime, cucumber peach, and lemon agave hibiscus. The melon basil is the most refreshing and most original of the three — that is, without being just … not good (sorry, lemon agave hibiscus, but we're not fans). There's also a berry mix pack available.

Vizzy Pineapple Mango
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Vizzy Pineapple Mango

ABV: 5% | Calories: 100
$3 and up from Drizly
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This flavor of Vizzy spiked seltzer comes in three sizes: 12, 16, and 24 ounces. It also comes packaged in a 12-pack ($15) with the brand's three other flavors — black cherry lime, blueberry pomegranate, and strawberry kiwi — if you're craving a bit more variety. Vizzy also claims to have the "only hard seltzer made with antioxidant vitamin C from superfruit, acerola cherry."


Related: Taste Test: The Best Canned Wine to Try This Summer 

Maha Seltzer
Drizly

Maha Black Cherry

ABV: 4.2% | Calories: 110
$3 from Total Wine
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This Anheuser-Busch-affiliated company uses a "proprietary blend" in all its flavors that includes sea salt, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper, and manganese. It's USDA-certified organic, too, and receives good reviews on the e-commerce site Drizly, where buyers say things like: "I just tried Maha for the first time. I'm going to be drinking it all summer long."

Bon V!v Pear Elderflower
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Bon V!v Pear Elderflower

ABV: 4.5% | Calories: 90
$2 and up from Drizly
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Looking for a gluten-free spiked seltzer? Bon V!v uses no barley or wheat in its products — just "purified water, champagne yeast, and natural fruit flavors." You can also pick up this flavor in a mix pack ($15) with three others: lemon lime, clementine hibiscus, and coconut pineapple.

Snow Melt Tangerine & Hops
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Snow Melt Tangerine & Hops

ABV: 5% | Calories: 110
$9 (6-pack) from Total Wine
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Another spiked seltzer from a Colorado-based brewery — this one Boulder's Upslope — this line originally debuted with three flavors, including this one, plus juniper and lime, and pomegranate and acai. If you're looking for something with more of a tropical bent, the brewer also recently released 12-packs ($14) in pineapple and coconut, key lime and hibiscus, and passionfruit orange guava.

High Noon Watermelon
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High Noon Watermelon

ABV: 4.5% | Calories: 100
$10 (4-pack) from Total Wine
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Also gluten-free, High Noon calls its spiked seltzers "sun sips," which is a nice little bit of marketing for summertime. Word-spinning aside, this flavor holds up to criticism: Drizly reviewers give it 4.8 stars, with stamps of approval like, "Surprisingly really tasty ... the real watermelon juice is a game-changer." You can find High Noon's individual flavors in 4-packs, and variety packs with eight and 12 cans are also available.

Social Hibiscus Cucumber Sparkling Sake
Drizly

Social Hibiscus Cucumber Sparkling Sake

ABV: 4% | Calories: 88
$11 from Drizly
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OK, so Social's beverages might not technically be spiked seltzers, but we'd be remiss not to recommend them — especially this flavor — anyway. Like hard seltzers, they're light and perfect for a summer day, and just as low in alcohol, sugar, and calories. And they're a nice break from the seltzer stuff when you're ready for something new.

Press Pomegranate Ginger
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Press Pomegranate Ginger

ABV: 4% | Calories: 110
$14 (variety pack) from Total Wine
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The ginger in this spiked seltzer gives it just a bit of kick that cuts through its hints of sweetness, and many Press fans say this particular flavor is their favorite. It's got a lower ABV than many other seltzers. If seltzers can be uber-sessionable, this one's it. Press is based in Milwaukee.

Bravazzi Blood Orange Hard Italian Soda
Drizly

Bravazzi Blood Orange Hard Italian Soda

ABV: 4.3% | Calories: 160
$9 (6-pack) from Total Wine
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Another departure from typical hard seltzer, a Bravazzi can be your go-to canned cocktail when you're craving something much sweeter. It's got 18 grams of sugar (and 20 grams of carbs) so it's not as healthy as some of the others on this list, but it's a nice treat when the thought of yet another spiked seltzer bores you to tears.

Crook & Marker Blackberry Lime
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Crook & Marker Blackberry Lime

ABV: 4% | Calories: 80
$14 (variety pack) from Total Wine
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Crook & Marker's tagline is "a bubble above the bland," and it calls itself "a hard seltzer for people who don't like hard seltzer." Translation: It's sweeter than your average can of spiked bubbles. But it's sweetened using only natural sources — erythritol, a sugar alcohol that's also used in a lot of keto recipes. Not a fan of this flavor? Crook & Marker makes a number of others.

Kona Spiked Island Tropical Punch
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Kona Spiked Island Tropical Punch

ABV: 5% | Calories: 100
$14 (variety pack) from Total Wine
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Produced by Kona Brewing Co., this line of naturally gluten-free, zero-sugar spiked seltzers comes in a variety pack with additional flavors of starfruit lime, strawberry guava, and passion fruit orange guava.

Pompette Cucumber Lime
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Pompette Cucumber Lime

ABV: 5% | Calories: 50 (per serving)
$13 from Drizly
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Pompette is a bit of an anomaly in the spiked seltzer world — sold in bottles rather than cans. This Mediterranean-style hard seltzer flavor is crisp and light with cucumber and lime flavors. The brand sells other flavors, too, including rose hibiscus, lemon mint, and clementine berry.


Related: 31 Great-Tasting White Wines for $20 or Less

Brizzy Mixed Berry Mojito
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Brizzy Mixed Berry Mojito

ABV: 5% | Calories: 100
$11 (variety pack) and up from Drizly
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Brizzy says it makes all its flavors "with the same attention to detail as a fine craft cocktail" and calls the mojito flavor its "most complex flavor profile." Expect fruitiness, sure, but also notes of mint. This flavor comes in a variety pack with watermelon mule and strawberry rose. 


Related: 18 Rums That Will Spice Up Your Summer for Less Than $35

Pulp Culture Relax
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Pulp Culture Relax

ABV: 4.9% | Calories: 99
$14 (4-pack) from Drizly
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Pulp Culture names its flavors after the feeling the cans are supposed to give you, and they do other things a little differently, too. For one, the brand calls its product "hard-pressed juice" and explains its three-month process involves two rounds of fermentation before blending the alcohol with adaptogenic teas, herbs, and mushrooms. With the "Relax" flavor, expect notes of blueberry, lemon, lavender, valerian root, and more.

Bud Light Strawberry
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Bud Light Strawberry

ABV: 5% | Calories: 100
$2 and up from Drizly
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Yes, Budweiser — along with other major breweries and liquor brands — has jumped onto the seltzer bandwagon. This drink is a great option if you're allergic to hops because it contains none. At least one reviewer said the beer giant's strawberry flavor was "the best strawberry hard seltzer" she'd had.


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Willie's Superbrew Sparkling Ginger Lemon
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Willie's Superbrew Sparkling Ginger Lemon

ABV: 4.5% | Calories: 120
$2 and up from Drizly
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Willie's Ginger Lemon has a few more calories and carbs than its other brews, but fans seem to love its lightness and flavor. Said one Drizly reviewer: "It's everything I wanted and didn't know I needed in a drink. The ginger gods have created something magical!! Light and easy like a spiked seltzer but it actually tastes good."

Lift Bridge Northwoods Juice Box
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Lift Bridge Northwoods Juice Box

ABV: 5% | Calories: 120
$9 (6-pack) from Drizly
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Lots of spiked seltzers rely on tropical, citrus, and berry-forward flavors. This creatively named drink combines "crisp cranberry" and "juicy apple." for a result that you'll probably feel just fine drinking far past summer.


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HRD WTR Key Lime
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HRD WTR Key Lime

ABV: 5% | Calories: 110
$10 (4-pack) and up from Drizly
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This vowel-less brand spiked seltzer comes to you courtesy of M.I.A. Brewing Company out of Florida. It has a few other flavors, including blueberry and cucumber lemon, but we love this very Florida-like take for your seltzer palate.