An ice-cold, sparkling hard seltzer is a tasty, low-cal, refreshing treat on its own. And now, these canned beverages are getting a mixed-drink makeover, thanks to The Hard Seltzer Cocktail Book: 55 Unofficial Recipes for White Claw® Slushies, Truly® Mixers, and More Spiked-Seltzer Drinks by Casie Vogel.
The first of its kind, The Hard Seltzer Cocktail Book is your go-to resource for transforming alcoholic seltzers into deliciously fun cocktails. Whether you’re a fan of Truly®, White Claw®, Vizzy®, or Bud Light Seltzer®, there’s something for everyone with these easy-to-make recipes, including:
- Fizzy Fuzzy Navels
- Watermelon Sugar Slushy
- Feelin’ Bubbly Aperol Raspberry Float
- Millennial Cosmo
- Summer in Moscow Mules
- Truly LIIT (Long Island Iced Tea)
- Fizzier French 75, and more!
Author Casie Vogel, lover of all things carbonated, shares her expertise to help you live your best seltzer life. “Nothing sounds sweeter than the crack of that slim aluminum can. Spring, summer, whatever time of year, it’s hard seltzer season,” she said.
At 4 to 6 percent alcohol content, it’s an easy beverage to imbibe anytime of day. “But sometimes you have to take it up a notch…or several,” she said. “What’s the right ratio? What actually tastes like a cocktail, doesn’t skimp, but also doesn’t immediately send you to blackout town? That’s where my help comes in. The recipes are dangerously delicious and designed to get the party going, whether it’s a Friday night pregame or your next big party—or if it’s just been a tough day (girl, you do you). Pick up this book and let’s get bubbly.”
The recipes are organized into four different chapters—Boozy Brunch, Summer Slushies, Classy Classics, and Pregame & Party—based on the potential party or day-drinking situation you’ve found yourself in. With the exception of a few single-serving cocktails and the batch “party” cocktails, most of the recipes call for one 12-ounce can of hard seltzer and serve two.
The Hard Seltzer Cocktail Book offers everything you need to add a little snap, sparkle, and pop to your favorite cocktails.
Try your hand at one of the sample recipes from the book, below!
6 ounces Aperol
4 ounces prosecco or soda water
1 (12-ounce) can orange hard seltzer
orange wedges, for garnish
Makes two drinks. Fill two glasses with ice. Split the Aperol between the glasses (3 ounces each). Split the prosecco or soda water between the glasses (2 ounces each). Top each glass with half a can (6 ounces) of seltzer. Garnish each glass with an orange wedge.
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces cranberry juice
1 ounce Cointreau or triple sec
1 (12-ounce) can lime hard seltzer
lime wedges or peel, for garnish (optional)
Makes two drinks. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the vodka, cranberry juice, and Cointreau or triple sec to the shaker. Shake until chilled. Strain into two (ideally chilled) glasses. Top each glass with half a can (6 ounces) of seltzer. Garnish with the lime wedges or peel. If you want to go with the classic martini-shaped glass (aka a cocktail glass), make sure you’ve got oversized ones on hand. This seltzer variation will not fit in your cute Gatsby-esque coupes.