6 O’Clock London Dry gin and tonic
Award-winning 6 O’Clock craft gins are available in select U.S. cities, including Atlanta. Known for its carefully selected botanicals, the artisanal gin is made by Bramley & Gage in Bristol, England. Carry on the long-held British tradition of enjoying a gin and tonic at 6 p.m. with one of these refined 200-milliliter cans. Pour it into a glass, with perhaps a wedge of lime, and you never would guess this wasn’t freshly mixed by hand. As the fizz settles, piney juniper aromatics hit the senses. Subtle flavors — coriander, angelica and orange peel — come through with bracing bitterness. It’s outstanding from a cold can, or poured over a large ice cube with citrus or sprigs of herbs. $4 for 7% abv cans at Hal’s Package Store, J’s Beverage Depot and Smoke Rise Bottle Shoppe.
When I tried this nonalcoholic cocktail with a friend, I could not tell this wasn’t a full-on Aperol spritz. It has that eye-catching vibrant orange color, and the intense bubbles carry citrus notes and a hint of spice to the nose. There is a sweet-bitter balance that has depth and complexity, bolstered by an almost chewy texture. This is an aperitif you truly could sip all day long. Danish spirits company Ish has a full-time team dedicated to innovation, and they work closely with the University of Copenhagen and Copenhagen’s best restaurants to develop their award-winning range. GinIsh & Tonic and DaiquirIsh also taste surprisingly like the real thing, with all of the intensity and roundness of a classic cocktail, but without the alcohol. Find four-packs of 250-milliliter cans ($21.99) at Elemental Spirits, Star Provisions and on the menu at Georgia Boy, or at thezeroproof.com nonalcoholic bottle shop.
Cool Cat grapefruit wine spritzer
There’s a new cool cat in town, and it is wine’s answer to the hard seltzer. Cool Cat founder Rocco Venneri set out to make a tasty, low-calorie portable beverage made with all-natural ingredients. Venneri launched the brand with elderflower mint lime and citrus flavors. The new grapefruit wine spritzer is made from California pinot grigio and natural grapefruit flavors. A 12-ounce can is equivalent to two standard glasses of wine, with only 150 calories and 2 carbs. It’s gluten-free, thirst-quenching and, yes, cool. Find four-packs ($15.99) at Vinoteca, Bim’s Package, Johns Creek World of Beverage and Pinkies Up Beer & Wine.
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