Your 101 Guide to Spiked Seltzers and Hard Kombucha
An alternative to beer, wine and cocktails, seltzers and hard kombucha have had their shining moment over the past few years. It’s understandable why; both are a light, refreshing alcoholic drink that’s ideal to drink on warm summer days, especially here in Southern California. While some choices have more flavor, more carbonation and even a higher alcohol content, there’s a seltzer or hard kombucha out there for you. Best Seltzers for Summer
Here are five seltzers and three hard kombuchas to sip all summer long—cheers!
1 | For the Backyard BBQ Best Seltzers for Summer
This 90-calorie, 4.5% ABV seltzer is made by a renowned beer brand—Corona. Flavors include cherry, tropical lime, mango and blackberry lime. If you’re still on the fence about trying a seltzer, take it from Corona: it’s worth trying! Change it up and create a Corona cocktail like the Coastal Kick or mango sunrise with one of these flavorful seltzers.Exp 9/2
2 | For the Trendy Friend Who Loves Trying the Latest and Greatest
Organic, gluten free and brewed in San Diego, this new hard seltzer does not disappoint. Each can is 99 calories, 5% ABV and includes no sugar. Flavors include blackberry lemonade, lime, tangerine, pineapple, mango strawberry, watermelon, tropical cherry and raspberry lemonade.
3 | For the Classic Seltzer Lover Best Seltzers for Summer
Truly is a classic hard seltzer; 100 calories, 5% ABV and only one gram of sugar, the crisp flavor of Truly is something you never knew you needed. Crack open a can and sip on one of their many flavors: wild berry, blueberry & acai, raspberry lime, black cherry, lime, grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple, mango, passion fruit and watermelon & kiwi.
4 | For the Birthday Brunch
5 | For Weekends Spent at the Lake Best Seltzers for Summer
Real vodka, real juice and sparkling water—sip on this seltzer in the sunshine. These drinks are 100 calories, gluten free and have no added sugar. Choose the variety pack to taste all of their different flavors, including pineapple, grapefruit, lime, peach, watermelon and black cherry.
6 | For the Ones Who Prioritize Health
This hard kombucha is packed with organic, real ingredients. All under 150 calories, JuneShine is made from green tea, honey, Jun kombucha, juice and spices! Acai berry, blood orange mint, honey ginger lemon, hopical citrus and midnight painkiller are all of the refreshing flavors waiting for you to taste. JuneShine can be delivered straight to your door, and they also have two tasting rooms in San Diego!
7 | For a Dinner Party With Friends
This light, clean, new kombucha tastes just as good as it looks! Original, Gingerly and Hicamaya are the three flavors to choose from, and pure ingredients are included in every can. Brewed in small batches and locally based in Santa Monica, raise your standards and give Jiant a taste.
8 | For Days Spent on the Duffy Best Seltzers for Summer
Organic and locally sourced, this is another hard kombucha to love! Apple jasmine, ginger lime, grapefruit hibiscus, lemon maple and orange pomegranate are the different flavors to try. Probiotic, plant-based and gluten free, who knew alcohol could be healthy?
9 | For the Wild Ones
WILD TONIC Jun Kombucha is made with honey, rather than cane sugar, for a more delicate taste. 5.6% ABV flavors include raspberry goji rose, blueberry basil, mango ginger, strawberry blood orange, blackberry mint, tropical turmeric and honey buzz. 7.6% ABV reserve flavors are Wild Love, Dancing Naked, Mind Spank and Backwoods Bliss. Women owned, farm to bottle, gluten free and packed with probiotics and antioxidants, this kombucha is definitely worth a try.
Taylor is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. She is our Los Angeles and Orange County editor. You can find her dining at a new restaurant, in the ocean or planning her next adventure. Say hello!