summer outside | The best new ready to drink

Ready-to-drink cocktails flooded SAQ shelves last summer. And the interest is far from running out of momentum. So much so that the state-owned company is adding 67 new products to its offering in one year, an increase of nearly 40%. Here are five new features that caught our eye.

Posted at 11:00 a.m.

Karen Duplessis Beshi

Karen Duplessis Beshi
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At the height of classic

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Onjava Gin & Tonic

A decade after it arrived on SAQ shelves, Ungava is marketing its famous gin in a can. The drink is pre-assembled with a tonic, and it lives up to expectations. The aroma of Labrador tea blends perfectly with the notes of quinine. However, the biggest achievement is the balanced taste: just enough sweet, but not too much. With 28 grams of sugar per liter, it’s one of the best ready-to-drink products sold at SAQ.

Ungava Gin & Tonic, $15 for 4 x 355ml (14699473)

A taste of the Caribbean

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Cherry Mojito

Rum, lemon and mint, Quebec brand Cherry River is not reinventing the mojito recipe. This is very good! As soon as you open the can, the scent invites Caribbean rum. With lemon and mint, it all comes together to make every sip delicious. In order to better appreciate the slightly higher sugar content, 62 grams of sugar per liter, it is best to serve the can very cold.

Cherry River Mojito, $15 for 4 x 355ml (14960213)

heat wave

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High Back Hard Grapefruit Seltzer

Alcoholic sparkling water drinks, called “hard seltzer” in English, are based on a simple concept: they contain less alcohol, less sugar and fewer calories. But these drinks often taste less. This is not the case with the new High Noon produced by the giant Gallo in the United States. Fans of sparkling water with pink grapefruit will love this refreshing drink. With less than 7g of sugar per liter, or less than a teaspoon per can, and barely 4% alcohol, the only thing missing is summertime to enjoy.

High Noon Hard Seltzer Grapefruit, $12 for 4 x 355ml (14962032)

refreshing

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Dillon mandarin and lemon gin cocktail

On the Ontario Niagara Peninsula, Dillon Distillery was one of the first spirits factories in the country to produce spirits with local ingredients. His drinks never lack originality and are always of high quality. The first ready-to-drink product to be marketed in Quebec is still up to the challenge. Gin and citrus mix with mint flavour. Grass brings a peppery note roughly in the middle of the palate. The end is long and thirst-quenching, because the drink contains less than 50 grams of sugar per liter. We also like that it’s below average.

Dillon Mandarin and Lemon Gin Cocktail, $16.20 for 6 x 355ml (14960117)

natural and delicious

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Walter Craft Caesar Classic

This mixture consists of vodka and tomato juice from the Canadian brand Walter. He tempts him with his flair as much as the company’s approach. The cocktail contains clam juice whose catch has been certified by Ocean Wise. Most of the ingredients used, such as vinegar or tamari, are organic. Most importantly, the drink contains no corn syrup or artificial colors. The mixture is slightly spicy and the addition of soybeans in the recipe imparts depth and flavor to umami. Just add a spice edge to the glass and a stalk of celery to make the cocktail even more successful.

Walter Craft Caesar Classic, $3.75 for 458ml (14963220)



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