March is here and that means that spring is just around the corner, even with the blast of snow we just got recently.
As the temperatures start to warm up, what we like to drink tends to change a little bit as well. Attention turns from bold red wines, whisky, and rum to something a little lighter like beer and coolers.
We’re all aware of the changes happening in the world of beer. I’ve beaten that horse more than anyone around here. The world of coolers is starting to change as well. The new trend is a cooler that isn’t loaded with sugar but still tastes good at the same time.
While we can’t sit here and say that any alcoholic beverage is “good for you” the cooler doors at Happy Hour are starting to be filled with tasty options that are a little better for you. These sweet treats aren’t loaded with extra sugars and other ingredients to make them taste better. They’re just naturally delicious. For the most part, they’re simply vodka, carbonated water and some form of natural flavouring.
Locally, Last Mountain Distillery has jumped on the low-sugar cooler with a growing selection of canned drinks to choose from. At Happy Hour, we’ve got their Lemon Vodka Soda and Sweet Tea Lemonade. The Lemon Vodka Soda is exactly what you think it is. While the Sweat Tea Lemonade is cool because it’s their famous sweet tea vodka mixed with Glow Juice lemonade.
The newest addition to our cleaner cooler section is Social Lite. These coolers come in three different flavours: Pineapple Mango, Lime Ginger, and Lemon Cucumber Mint. These slim cans contain just 80 calories and my Fiancé tells me they're only two weight watchers points if you’re on that program. They are kind of funky as they pour clear out of the can but still pack a pretty good flavour. These are pretty new to the province too, it’s not even listed as available in Saskatchewan on their website!
Lastly, we’ve added NUTRL Vodka, Soda, Lemon. On their website, NUTRL (a brand owned by Goodridge & Williams Distilling out of B.C.) claims that this drink isn’t even a cooler but a whole new category. No matter how you label it, if you want a straightforward beverage without all kinds of added sugars and sweeteners then this is another option. This drink is based on NUTRL’s vodka, which is made with 100% B.C. rye grain and is made to the highest of standards. There’s nothing complicated about this vodka, it’s straight to the point.
We’re only scratching the surface of this new trend as we hope to expand our cleaner cooler section long before the dog days of summer arrive.
What’s your favourite summertime drink?
Comment below and let us know! If we don’t have it, we just might have it in time for the warm days ahead. They’re coming, I promise.