We Got Tipsy Taste-Testing Pre-Mixed Cocktails To Find The Best

Marianna Gould
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From Delish

Drinking lukewarm tinnies on the train is a British pastime, a rite of passage for all pre-drinking party goers. Whether it’s a sub-standard can of Strongbow on the way to the footie, or a shudder-inducing cheap can of G&T en route to your mate’s house party, us Brits can’t seem to get enough of pre-mixed drinks.

But only the boujiest of us choose to drink pre-mixed cocktails on public transport aka Shadow Home Secretary, Dianne Abbot. You could be on your way home after a long day’s work, en route to a party or simply feeling like having a bevvy. Whatever the occasion, you’ll need to know what pre-mixed cans taste the best EVEN when they’re lukewarm, as its unlikely you’d have refrigerated those bad boys.

For this very reason, combined with an overwhelming sense of curiosity, we have decided the put a variety of pre-mixed cocktail cans to the test. Yep, that’s right. We have carried out the ultimate experiment for the sake of you bevved up, responsible, on-the-go, drinkers.

The Winner

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Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum & Coke was by far the tester’s favourite. In fact, I can safely say it obliterated the cocktail can line up. Tasters simply couldn’t complain.

Results

God Tier

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Captain Morgan Rum & Coke

Average score - 4.8

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We highly recommend this can as your go-to cocktail for chugging down a quick bevvy on the train. Cold drinks are overrated anyway…

M&S Caipirinha

Average score - 4.3

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The Caipirinha is a Brazilian cocktail made with cachaça, sugar and lime. Pretty simple really. M&S’s take was a sure-fire win, with testers noting that it "transports them back to Glastonbury."

Gordons G&T

Average score - 4.1

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C’mon, Gordons is known for its gin, no wonder it tastes damn good, even when lukewarm. And let’s be honest, it’s the kinda drink we ALWAYS seem to reach for. Gin in a tin after all?

Lidl Fintons G&T

Average score - 4

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The Fintons G&T basically tasted like lemonade with subtle hints of gin, so you could pretty easily drink several at a time. And isn't that exactly what we want?

Great Tier

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M&S Blackberry Gin Bramble

Average score - 3.8

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One tester was already a fan, describing this Bramble concoction as their "fave ginny tinny”, thanks to the hints of blackberry tasting great alongside the volume of gin.

M&S G&T

Average score - 3.8

Available in store.

M&S's G&T followed closely behind and safely scored pretty high with a 3.8 from the Delish UK team. Some testers felt the tonic was too overpowering, though.

Sipsmith G&T

Average score - 3.5

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Expectations were pretty high for Sipsmith, because, er - it's Sipsmith? And for most Delish UK team members, it delivered. For one, it didn't quite hit the spot, saying: "I thought I was going to love it but no, I'm a massive fan, rusty not floral." A rusty gin? Hmm...

All Shook Up Hawaiian Daiquiri

Average score - 3.6

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A daiquiri is always a good shout when it comes to deciding what cocktail to have on a night out, and our team quite liked it. The colour was slightly off-putting for some though, describing it as looking like "dehydrated wee."

Mid Tier

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All Shook Up Llamartini

Average score - 3.1

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We loved the look of this one, so thumbs up on the can design. But obviously, this is not what we're here for, it all comes down to the taste of the cocktail when lukewarm. So, There were mixed reviews, but no one hated it.

Aldi Greysons G&T

Average score - 2.8

Available in store.

Unfortunately this one didn't exactly cut it with our tester, who at this point had sipped their way through plenty of G&Ts. One tester described the taste as "fuzzy"...

M&S Pornstar Martini

Average score - 2.6

Available in store.

We had higher hopes for M&S's Pornstar Martini, but it tasted pretty funky. The lukewarm temperature had a negative effect on the taste of this cocktail can it seems, as we're normally a fan!

Asda Sunrise Woo Woo

Average score - 2.3

Available in store.

Described as "peachy af" by one person, this cocktail went down a treat with some, but unfortunately not with everyone. Although, lukewarm, it still managed to carry through hints sweet of peach and tasted pretty decent doing it.

Meh Tier

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M&S Vermouth and tonic

Average score - 2.1

Available in store.

Ahhh, a classic. Vermouth and tonic. This one had mixed emotions from the team. Some were huge fans, others were on the fence and one completely wrote it off, quoting "that is a low for me..."

Sainsburys Rum & Coke

Average score - 2

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Aside from the fact nothing can really beat Captain Morgan Rum & Coke, the Sainsbury's take was quite disappointing. One tester said: “It tastes like I bought it in a budget nightclub” (ouch). I'm afraid this didn't go down well at all...

All Shook Up Violet Cosmo

Average score - 1

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The Violet Cosmo was tragic in the eyes of one taster. She even said: “That is diabolical… Warm, flat soap. I’d rather be sober.” Damn, that’s rough.

All Shook Up Flamingo Colada

Average score - 0.8

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And finally, the worst pre-mixed cocktail can goes to the Flamingo Colada by All Shook Up. Rated a measly 0.8 and described as “Malibu you’d buy in savers” by one brutal tester, this is a no no from our cocktail-drinking panel.

And there you have it. A breakdown of the very best pre-mixed cocktail cans that still manage to taste good lukewarm (and some of the worst).

But let’s be honest, we’d drink any of them.

Please drink responsibly, and head to Drinkaware for more information.

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