The DIY vs. Canned Cocktail Experience
The debate between making cocktails yourself and drinking ready-to-drink cocktails is nothing new – canned cocktails have been around for ages. For some, the answer is easy either way – you’re either always going to make your own drinks, or your always going to buy canned cocktails or other potent potables. Different strokes for different folks. But what happens when you’re in the middle? How do you decide which to go for? Below, we’ve outlined four variables to consider when choosing whether to have a DIY or a canned cocktail experience.
Art & Craft
If you have spent time behind the bar, fancy yourself a foodie, or just really love creating things (heck, maybe it’s all three), then you will certainly want to lean toward the DIY experience. Sure, you may not be throwing grand cocktail parties now, but say you’re having a socially-distanced gathering with your pod. There’s literally no better time to break out your mixing tins and jiggers to make a few drinks for friends and show off what you’ve learned during quarantine.
There’s no doubt that canned cocktails take the W here. For any activity, from tailgating to hiking to sitting by the pool, being able to have a canned cocktail ready to go is key. Not only does it minimize the amount of extras you have to bring with you, but it’s less to worry about, allowing you free to enjoy the moment. On a hike, crack a can, and enjoy nature. At a tailgate? Grab a koozie for your favorite canned mule in one hand and a corn hole bean bag in the other. The pool? Keep your cooler nearby, close your eyes, and soak up the sun.
Usually, when you buy ready-to-drink canned cocktails, you’re getting a set number of the same thing (unless of course, you’re picking up ‘Merican Mule’s Mega Mix, or Variety packs). For many people, that’s A-Okay, especially if you plan to drink them over the course of a few days, a week, et cetera. But what if you’re the one in your group that never gets the same thing? Making your own cocktails, then, is probably for you. With one bottle of spirit and a few base ingredients, you’re well on your way to providing yourself (or anyone else) tons of different types of cocktails.
Say you love cocktails, but you’re not the creative type – or you just don’t have the time to make the drink to the level that you want? Well, then you’ve fallen solidly in the canned cocktail camp. With canned cocktails – such as our amazing line of Mule cocktails – you’ve got high-quality ingredients mixed with precision ready to go. There’s nothing to thing about, just grab a can out of the fridge, crack it open, and you’re good to go. Canned cocktails deliver the cocktail experience without the need to expend the extra effort – a welcome feeling when you’re looking for a drink after a hard day at work.
So, there you have it. Depending on your situation, we hope the four variables we discussed above help you in figuring out whether you should be shaking up a cocktail on your own or cracking open a delicious, ready-to-drink canned cocktail.
Sam Slaughter is the author of Are You Afraid of the Dark Rum?: And Other Cocktails For ‘90s Kids. His food & drink writing can be seen in Maxim, Bloomberg, InsideHook, The Manual, The Bitter Southerner, and more. He lives in Greenville, South Carolina and can be found online @slaughterwrites.