These Hard Seltzers Are the Fun New Way to BYOB This Summer

Boozy, bubbly, and low-cal? We're in.

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With all the rage surrounding LaCroix, fizzy beverages, and everyone's general obsession with sparkling water, it's really no mystery that alcohol has been added to the equation. The result? Carbonated bubbly bliss that — wait for it — gets you buzzed as you sip. Low-calorie, refreshing, and with an ABV comparable to most light beers, it's no wonder hard seltzer is having a moment. Here are our favorite hard seltzer brands for summer sipping.

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1 SpikedSeltzer Hard Seltzer

$16.00 for pack of 12


SpikedSeltzer has a lot of good things going on. First and foremost, with a totally respectable 6% ABV, it happens to be the booziest option on this list. It's also naturally gluten-free, as it's brewed without barley, wheat, or sorghum. Finally, the delicious natural flavors are created by using cold-pressed fruit without any artificial sweeteners or preservatives.

We're especially obsessed with the new Prickly Pear and Ventura Lemon flavors for summer, but we recommend you buy a variety pack and decide for yourself.

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2 Henry's Hard Sparkling Water
Henry's Hard Sparkling Water

$14.99 for pack of 12


Lowest Calorie

Henry's Hard Sparkling Water went through a recent makeover, and the revamped hard seltzer now comes in convenient slim cans. Henry’s is also the lowest calorie hard seltzer option on this list at only 88 calories per can. This sugar-free, low-carb option packs a respectable 4.2% ABV per serving, and it comes in three yummy flavors: Lemon Lime, Passion Fruit, and Strawberry Kiwi.

We think the juicy Strawberry Kiwi flavor is a perfect drink to sip at the beach or as an alternative to beer at a backyard barbecue.

3 White Claw Hard Seltzer
White Claw Hard Seltzer

$14.00 for pack of 12


Best for the Beach

White Claw Hard Seltzer might be the most eye-catching can on this list, with its name and imagery inspired by the perfect white-claw wave of surfer lore. Whether you love to surf the waves or your local liquor store aisles, you'll appreciate this spiked sparkling water's crisp and refreshing taste, 5% ABV, and low-calorie ingredient list (clocking in at 110 calories, to be exact).

4 Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer

$17.00 for pack of 12


With 90 calories and zero grams of sugar, Smirnoff's Spiked Sparkling Seltzer is one of the lowest-calorie options currently on the market. Not to be mistaken with the sugar-loaded Smirnoff Ice of yesteryear, this hard seltzer is all grown-up with its stripped-down ingredient list. This kind should be savored ... not chugged! Go for the watermelon flavor this summer.

5 Truly Spiked & Sparkling Hard Seltzer
Truly Spiked & Sparkling

$15.99 for pack of 12


With 100 calories and 1 gram of sugar, Truly Spiked & Sparkling is another yummy low-calorie spiked seltzer option. We're especially fond of the crisp and refreshing flavors — think Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, and Pomegranate — and we think these would taste downright dreamy splashed atop your favorite tequila or vodka cocktail this summer.

6 Nauti Seltzer Hard Seltzer
Nauti Seltzer

$9.00 for pack of four


With its cute nautical-inspired can design and summery colors, Nauti Seltzer is the spiked seltzer brand you'll want to have on-hand when you're hanging with your Hamptons pals or Nantucket friends this summer. With 110 calories, 5 grams of carbs, and a 5% ABV per serving, Nauti Seltzer reminds us that preppy people like to party, too!