Picnic weather has officially arrived. Since it’s not likely that you can bring your favorite bartender along, the next best thing is canned cocktails. Convenience is a significant part of the reason why sales of canned spirits are currently growing at a rate of 62 percent a year. “Premium canned cocktails provide a bar-quality experience anywhere, any time,” says Andrew Rodbell, co-founder of Post Meridiem Spirit Co. in Atlanta. To add pizzazz to your next al fresco fête, just shake one up, pop the top, and pour over ice. Try these top brands at your next outdoor gathering:

Post Meridiem

Distilled spirits, imported liqueurs, and 100 percent real citrus juices go into Post Meridiem’s five different 100-milliliter cocktails, reflecting the company’s commitment to using the highest-quality ingredients. Georgia’s first canned cocktail company was founded by longtime friends Andrew Rodbell and Charles Sain, who hatched the idea at a concert where they found the mixed-drink options to be lacking. The name (usually abbreviated as “p.m.”) refers to after 12 o’clock noon, or as some would call it, cocktail hour.

Available at Green’s Discount Beverages, 455 Congaree Rd; O’Darby’s Liquor Barn, 5115 Wade Hampton Blvd; and Liquor & Wine World 2, 1301 Wade Hampton Blvd. postmeridiemspirits.com

Tip Top Proper Cocktails

From a rye-whiskey-forward Manhattan to a lime-infused margarita, Tip Top’s collection of six well-balanced (read: not cloyingly sweet) canned cocktails were formulated in Atlanta with the help of James Beard Award finalist Miles Macquarrie (co-owner and mixologist at Kimball House in Decatur, Georgia). They must be doing something right: Tip Top has garnered raves in the press, including winning first place in the Drinks category in Garden & Gun magazine’s 2020 Made in the South Awards.

Available at Bouharoun’s Fine Wines & Spirits, 301 Falls St; Green’s Discount Beverages, 445 Congaree Rd; and Total Wine & More, 1125 Woodruff Rd. tiptopcocktails.com

Waterbird Spirits

Family-owned and operated, Waterbird arrived on the beverage scene in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2019, thanks to real estate financier Wilson Craig. Five of the company’s seven canned cocktails, including a Moscow Mule and a refreshing Vodka Watermelon & Basil, are made with their own potato vodka, while the two newest, a Tequila Margarita and Ranch Water, center on premium agave-based spirit. You’ll get at least a couple of cocktails out of each of their portable 12-ounce cans.

Coming this month to retailers in South Carolina. Check online for details: waterbirdspirits.com

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