The best hard seltzer brands and where to buy them

The very best hard seltzers, tested by yours truly. And yes, White Claw is available in the UK.

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by Jade Moscrop |

If someone told you there was an alcoholic drink that was low in calories, might not give you a hangover, was affordable AND delicious, you’d have a hard time believing them, right? Well, ladies and gents, allow us to introduce… hard seltzer.

Now, seltzers aren’t a particularly new thing; no doubt we’ve all had a sip of a tasty, refreshing beverage made of sparkling water and natural flavourings. It was only a matter of time, though, before some genius devised the idea of adding alcohol to it.

Our top three favourites have to be White Claw Mango, Mike's Hard Seltzer Lime and Bodega Bay Hard Selzer Apple with Ginger and Acai Berry.

What are hard seltzers?

Hard seltzers are carbonated water with alcohol and natural flavouring mixed in. It’s as simple as that. Typically fermented with sugar instead of malted barley, they’re low in sugar and carbohydrates, meaning their calorie count is minimal. Bonus.

Containing 4-6% ABV, and at under 100 calories per can, seltzers have become the drink of the summer for everyone in the US.

Led by brands like White Claw, Pura, and Truly in the US, hard seltzers hit the big time due to their portability, flavour and a little thing called the internet. A whole culture around hard seltzers came about, with parody videos and memes giving it true viral status. Popular brand White Claw even has Etsy merchandise carrying one of its fan-made mottos.

According to The Guardian, there has been a 210 per cent increase in sales of alcoholic sparkling water compared to 2018, with White Claw’s sales surging 320 per cent, too. If you've ever typed in ‘White Claw’ on Twitter, you might have seen news of shortages all over the US. This stuff is hella popular.

Can you buy White Claw in the UK?

Hell. Yeah. White Claw made its way across to the UK in June 2020. It is now available to buy from Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, and Amazon. Find out more below.

Check out: the best hard seltzers UK in 2022

Where can you buy hard seltzers in the UK?

Hard seltzers have surged in popularity in recent years, with many of the big retailers getting in on the action. Here are some of the main places you can buy hard seltzers from in the UK, or you can shop on the brand's specific websites, too.

• Amazon

• Tesco

• Sainsbury's

• Morrisons

• Ocado

• Asda

• Lidl

• Aldi

• Waitrose & Partners

• Marks & Spencer

Are hard seltzers good for you, though?

To figure out whether you'd be worth reaching for a seltzer rather than a beer/cider, we called upon a professional. Here's what Jo Travers, Registered Dietician and author of The Low-Fad Diet, had to say.

"Hard seltzers are not exactly a healthy option, but there's little risk to consuming them as long as you follow the guidelines of a maximum of 14 units per week with a couple of consecutive alcohol-free days. They are easy to drink a lot of, as many of them are quite tasty, so this may be harder than it sounds. Having said that, they are a low-sugar, low-calorie alternative to spirits with full sugar mixers, ciders, and some beers.

"I'm not convinced they are better for you than wine though. Wine - especially red - has at least got some polyphenols which can have an anti-inflammatory effect. Although this benefit can be outweighed by the negatives if you drink too much!"

So there you have it, as long as you don't go absolutely bonkers and drink yourself into a stupor, you should be all good. And if in doubt, trust wine. Always trust wine.

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