December 1, 2023

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Wisconsin is making more high-end canned cocktails

Kristine M. Kierzek

The canned brandy old fashioned is the bestseller for Plain Spoke Cocktail Co. of  Madison.

If you’ve ever wondered about canned cocktails, now is the perfect time to try them. Options are growing, from mojitos and mules to spritzers and sangria. Here in Wisconsin, of course, there are brandy old fashioneds, as well.

In fact, Wollersheim Winery and Distillery in Prairie du Sac, which this year is marking its 50th anniversary, just released brandy old fashioned in cans.  

Some people will doubt you can get top-notch quality in a can. Yet the category of spirits-based canned drinks is growing, and they’re different from malt-based hard soda or seltzer. Plus, they tote easily to picnics and parties.

The cocktails mentioned here are distributed throughout the state, and you’ll find  producers’ latest on shelves at retailers. Most have online retail locator tools,  and Woodman’s, Discount Liquor, Ray’s and Total Wine carry a number of options listed.