Canned alcoholic drinks have been lining up supermarket shelves for a while, from G&Ts, Pimms, Pina Coladas to Rum & Coke, but there is a new disruptor in town!
Oh yes! Hard seltzers have landed in the UK with some even being produced in the UK! I hadn’t tried a hard seltzer before and so when the opportunity arose to try the Long Shot Drinks range, which is a British brand, I was really excited. I have heard hard seltzers mentioned so many times recently, especially as they are hugely popular in America and are now gaining momentum here in the UK, and so I really wanted to see what the fuss was all about for myself!
So what is a Hard Seltzer?
Hard seltzers are an alcoholic sparking water high ball drink, typically infused with a blend of fruit. They offer an alternative to cocktails, and are lower in calories and have lower alcohol, and I can see this becoming even more popular when spring and summer arrive as a drink of choice! Imagine a glass filled of crushed ice with this…heaven!
Tell me about the Long Shot Drinks Range…
Long Shot Drinks was launched in 2019 as a result of the founder, Hugo Hodgson’s vision of creating something wildly different to the other hard seltzer brands currently available on the market, most of which are filled with fake flavours and artificial ingredients. His range only has 4 separate ingredients per can and I like this as you know exactly what you are drinking and can actually understand the label on the can for once compared to other brands!
Simply put, the Long Shot Drinks range are a blend of fruit, sparkling water and alcohol with less than 70 calories per bottle and 4% abv. They are packaged in environmentally-friendly cans, which have a really lovely texture to them and lovely and comfortable to hold.
The three variants are Strawberry & Rhubarb; Raspberry & Blackcurrant; and Grapefruit.
I tried all three of the Long Shot Drinks hard seltzers and they were all so good, but my favourite was Raspberry and Blackcurrant. They were not at all sugary, tasted so natural with lovely flavours coming through and really, really enjoyable and pleasant to drink.
Rather than fruit flavourings, they use high-quality fruit juices and I love the classic British flavour combinations, nearly all of which are grown within 20 miles of the manufacturer, thus also adding to the eco-friendly element of the range.
All three variants are really lovely and I can imagine myself going through lots of these cans as we get closer to BBQ season as they are the perfect warm weather drink! I do really like the sustainable element of the cans as that is something I am more conscious of, and for me any drinks that have no artificial flavours or nasties is always a win win!
Each drink is under 70 calories and cater to a wide variety of dietary and health-conscious diets – being vegan, gluten-free, keto-friendly and low sugar.