Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails are a new release from the company behind Scrappy’s Bitters. The trio of canned cocktails is comprised of classic drinks–the Bramble, Daiquiri and Paloma–each made with real spirits and canned at 30psi, which is champagne-level carbonation.
The name “Half-Seas” is inspired by a 1700s sailor term, “half–seas over,” which is said to originate from the notion of a heavy ship so low in the water that small waves, or half-seas, would wash over the deck. In case you were curious.
This comes on the heels of another sparking canned cocktail, the Novo Fogo Sparkling Caipirinha, and continues the growing trend of making cocktails more accessible to the casual drinker. Here are your options:
The classic Daiquiri’s ingredients of rum, lime and sugar are replicated here in the Half-Seas sparkling variety, which includes white rum, natural lime flavor and pure cane sugar. The added twist of bubbles is a nice touch, and while the actual Daiquiri cocktail is already easy to make, it doesn’t travel nearly as well in your beach bag.
The tequila-based Paloma is a refreshing, easy-drinking, easy-to-make cocktail that combines tequila, lime and grapefruit soda. Half-Seas version includes the brand’s own all-natural grapefruit soda and pure cane sugar, plus carbonation.
Created in 1980s London by Dick Bradsell, the original Bramble merges dry gin with blackberry liqueur, lemon and sugar. The Half-Seas Bramble pays tribute to this modern classic, and adds a touch of effervescence to the mix. To freshen things up a bit, try garnishing with berries.
At 12% ABV and packaged in 200ml cans, Half-Seas Sparkling Cocktails are close in proportion and strength to a drink you’d receive at a bar. You can expect to pay about $16-$20 per four-pack.