7 new premix cocktails you need to try

Summer is just around the corner and drinks brands are celebrating impending new freedoms for Aussies with a slew of premix cocktail releases.

Super-premium vodka brand Belvedere has introduced an ‘Organic Infusions’ soda range featuring unique botanical flavour combinations.

Launching exclusively on Australian shores, the Belvedere Organic Infusions are designed for luxurious home entertaining, outdoor picnics, summer BBQs or relaxing with friends.

The range is crafted with certified organic Belvedere Polish rye vodka, a curated blend of organic fruit and botanical infusions, and sparkling water. It contains no sugar, no artificial flavours or preservatives, and has less than 83 calories per can.

Flavours include Lemon & Basil with a touch of elderflower, Blackberry & Lemongrass with a hint of sage, and Pear & Ginger with a drop of honey.

Drinks Digest has put all three flavours to the taste test earlier and we found them deliciously refreshing, with just the right balance of soda and natural flavours.

Available in a ready-to-serve 250ml can & convenient 4 pack format, the range is on sale in selected bottle shops at an RRP of $28 per 4-pack.

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Jose Cuervo Margarita cans

Jose Cuervo is launching Sparkling Margaritas in cans this month, formulated specially for the Australian market. The premix offering is a first-of-its-kind drink, featuring Jose Cuervo, lime juice, triple sec and a lightly sparkling finish.

“We saw an opportunity to create a drink that gave Australian drinkers exactly what they were telling us they were looking for – a refreshing, convenient and flavourful serve that matches well with food and is perfect for socialising – especially now when we’re all moving into a summer full of outdoor fun,” said Hayley Dixon, Spirits Specialist at Proximo Spirits.

Jose Cuervo Sparkling Margarita is available in quick-chill 330ml cans, with an RRP of $25 for a four-pack. The premix cocktails will be stocked nationwide in all good wholesalers including ALM and ILG.

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Moët Hennessy Australia has launched CHANDON Garden Spritz, a blend of sparkling wine and locally crafted orange bitters.

With its natural orange hue and designed to be served over ice with a slice of dried orange and a sprig of rosemary, CHANDON Garden Spritz is designed for picnics, afternoon drinks, aperitif moments and brunch.

Chief Winemaker Dan Buckle said: “At CHANDON, we have always been pioneers. With that adventurous spirit to guide us, we’ve been experimenting with new ways to enjoy our sparkling wine, bringing nature to the world of spritz. We know that Australians love their cocktails, so we are excited to share our new CHANDON Garden Spritz, a delicious, zesty summer drink that is locally grown and beautifully crafted using our own sparkling wine of exceptional quality.”

Starting at $31, CHANDON Garden Spritz can be found at selected bars, restaurants and wine stores as well as via CHANDON’s website.

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Merivale has released a bottled cocktail range – including a Negroni, Martini and an Old Fashioned – at a selection of Dan Murphy’s stores in Sydney.

The premix cocktails have been handmade by passionate, award-winning Merivale bartenders. Each drink is based on a classic cocktail style with a luxury twist, which has been refined at the Merivale restaurant and bar that lends each of them their name. 

  • Negroni by Totti’s is described asbitter, herbal and rich. Serve over ice and garnish with an orange wedge.
  • Martini by Bert’s combines vodka, sea-soaked Madeira and Australian lemon peel. Serve from the freezer in a chilled glass with your favourite garnish.
  • Old Fashioned by Fred’s mixes premium American Bourbon with Australian ginger, honey, avocado seed and olive leaf. Serve over ice with a lemon peel twist.

The range is available in 500ml bottles with an RRP of $58. You’ll find them at Dan Murphy’s Leichhardt, Alexandria, Double Bay, Wolli Creek, Rosebery, Willoughby, Mosman, Nowra, Manly Vale, Casula and online.

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If you like Pina Coladas then we have some exciting news: Aussie pre-mix brand UDL has added two retro-inspired premix cocktails to its range. Pina Colada features vodka, pineapple, white rum and coconut flavours; while Blue Lagoon is a fizzy mix of vodka, blue lemonade and orange flavours.

The cocktails are classics from the time the UDL brand was born in 1965, with the Pina Colada still the second most Googled cocktail in the world. We recently taste tested the UDL version and can confirm it’s a winner.

UDL Cocktails are available now in 375mL cans on shelves in all leading liquor stores across Australia, priced at RRP $19.99 for 4-pack, 4% ABV, 1.2 STD drink per can.

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Following three years of extensive research and development, the Mr Black Espresso Martini has launched in a 200ml can.

The Mr Black team tried 156 different recipes, two production methods, and three canning technologies to create the final Espresso Martini canned cocktail. Crafted by Mr Black’s roasters and distillers on the NSW Central Coast, the final blend uses speciality-grade medium and light roast coffee from Colombia and Ethiopia.

Charged with nitrogen and made using top-grade arabica coffee, pure Australian vodka, and a generous splash of Mr Black Coffee Liqueur, the new RTD allows novices to nail Australia’s favourite cocktail in seconds. They simply need to give the can a good shake and it pours like a classic Espresso Martini, complete with a smooth, foamy head.

From the October 1, Mr Black Espresso Martini will be available nationally in 764 Liquorland, First Choice, Vintage Cellars and leading independent retailers in a new four-pack offering with a RRP of $34.99, (ABV 8%).  

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BACARDÍ has released a new Mojito canned cocktail, crafted using its iconic BACARDÍ Carta Blanca Superior White Rum, along with all-natural flavours and real ingredients, including lime, mint and sparkling soda water.       

BACARDÍ’s new pre-mixed cocktail contains an ABV of 4.8% and 114 calories per serve, thanks to the use of natural cane
sugar. With the spirit-based RTD market surging 132% in the last year, the new release is designed for entertaining occasions at home or picnicking outside with friends.

BACARDÍ Mojito is now available in select Dan Murphy’s, BWS, Liquorland, First Choice Liquor Market and independent retailers for $24.99 per pack of four.

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