There’s been lots of recent activity in the local ready-to-drink beverage scene. Vikre Distillery is canning a pink and bubbly French 75, Crooked Water Spirits has announced a bottled Negroni, and Plain Spoke Cocktail Co. from Madison, Wisconsin, has just introduced a canned mojito to complement their Bourbon Smash and Moscow Mule.
Now perhaps the most ambitious rollout of the year—a family of six canned cocktails by Lee Egbert at Dashfire Distillery.
Since the release of a bottled old fashioned last year, Egbert has been busy tinkering with the formulas of a few more classic cocktails. When factors like oxidization and shelf stability are in play, ingredients like citrus, vermouth, and cream pose a greater challenge. But his extensive flavor library helps in devising workarounds—the sweet vermouth in his Manhattan is replaced with sherry soaked with figs and rhubarb, for example.
“This is a cocktail menu for your house,” Egbert beams about the current line-up, adding that three more cocktails (that all involve citrus) will eventually be added.
The cocktails are spirit-forward at 38% ABV and can be consumed straight from the chilled can or diluted with a stir over ice (though one, a chai-flavored White Russian, is pretty spectacular neat at 17% ABV). The handsome 100-milliliter cans will sell for $4.99 each.
Three of the drinks are heading for distribution this week (Thomas Liquors, France 44, and Mt. Royal Bottle Shoppe will be among the first to get them):
- Manhattan: Rye whiskey with a fleshy sweetness and a dry finish, using sherry, figs, and rhubarb in place of vermouth.
- Old Fashioned: A slightly reworked formula (more orange!) of their previously released old fashioned.
- White Russian: A velvety sip of chai spice with Wisconsin cream.
Three more will be released the following week:
- Martini: A mellow lavender and lemon flavor—a vodka drink that feels more like gin.
- El Presidente: Sweet pomegranate and curacao meet the funkiness of sugar cane rum. An instant tiki.
- Martinez: Pear and elderflower team up to sweeten the classic gin drink.