Hello hard seltzers, it is your moment. The hard seltzer movement has been bubbling away in the US for the last few years, but its moment globally and especially in Europe has now arrived. The hard seltzer industry is looking to generate $2.5 billion in sales in the US by 2021 - and that is a lot of cans of this stuff.
A hard seltzer is basically alcoholic flavoured water which in theory doesn’t sound that sexy, but don’t be put off, it has several flavour and waistline saving benefits.
The DNA of hard seltzers is filtered alcohol derived from sugar beet, sparkling water and a hint of natural fruit flavouring. We don’t want to say it is an alcopop as we feel someone will throw a can at us, but this hits a section of drinkers who are looking for a cleaner way of drinking and also something refreshing, light, summery( but they are here for all seasons) and is universal as is suitable for vegans, gluten-free diets and a great addition to keto diets.
Most hard seltzers hit between 4.5-7% ABV and are typically under 100 calories a can, which compliments health kicks without the need for cutting out alcohol for good.
“But where do we even begin” we hear you cry.
Hold our can, we have your back. Here are Chatting Food’s top 3 Hard Seltzers to try this summer.
NATRL Hard Seltzer
NATRL is an independent British start-up whose three co-founders were fed up with the excessive sugar, waste and guilt drinkers were experiencing. Not only set on creating a brand new refreshing hard seltzer for the UK and US market, the team have also put sustainability at the heart of their business.
Built from the ground up and proudly British, everything is produced in the UK. From their founders to their delivery drivers, everyone in the team does their bit to leave the world a better, greener place.
Flavours: Lemon & Lime / Peach & Raspberry
Calories: 75 calories per 250ml can
Where To Buy: NATRL online store
Cost: Prices start at £24.95 for a case of 12x250ml cans
Follow Them: @natrl_drinks
SPARKL Hard Seltzer
SPARKL have decided to adapt their hard seltzers to a more UK palette, launching with two punchy flavours Peach & Rose and the fiery Lemon Ginger and Chilli, which build to a warming heat, not a power kicker palette robber. Not one to shy away from style, their range comes in 330ml glass bottles, perfect for the ice bucket at any summer BBQ.
Flavours: Peach & Rose / Lemon, Ginger & Chilli
Calories: 80 calories per 330ml bottle
Where To Buy: Sparkl online
Cost: £30.00 for a case of 12 includes delivery
Follow Them: @sparklhardseltzer
Island Bay Hard Seltzer
Birmingham based Island Bay Hard Seltzer takes a less traditional approach to flavours and sits as one of the higher ABVs on the market currently.
Available in strawberry, mango and watermelon this brand screams summer (whether the British sunshine appears or not) whether that be candy-sweet strawberry, fresh watermelon or subtle mango each has its own distinct taste. With such a range of flavours, everyone should have a favourite, so no arguing at the summer picnic.
Flavours: Strawberry / Mango / Watermelon
Calories: 70 calories per 250ml can
Where To Buy: Island Bay online store
Cost: £23.35 for a case of 12 cans.
Follow Them: @drinkislandbay
Note: Pop all of the above in the fridge before drinking, nobody needs a lukewarm drink.
Interested in finding out more?
Why not read out interview with Charlie Markland, founder of Hard Seltzer brand Bodega Bay.
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