You have to be living under a rock not to have noticed the sudden popularity of hard seltzer. The market is flooded with seltzer options, so don’t blame yourself if you experience choice paralysis at the fridge of your bottle shop. Save yourself the pain of choosing the wrong option and use our guide to the 16 best hard seltzer brands and flavours.
What is seltzer?
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the hard seltzer world, it’s good to know what seltzer is. Hard seltzer is a type of highball drink that contains seltzer, or carbonated water, alcohol and some sort of flavouring, most often fruit flavours. It’s a great low-calorie, easy-to-consume drink that can be a refreshing change from beer or wine. If you’ve never had seltzer before, pick any of these 16 hard seltzer brands and flavours to experience hard seltzer done right.
1. Part Time Rangers Seltzers
Part Time Rangers is the hard seltzer brand that lets you save while you sip, and we don’t mean what you think when we say ‘save’. That’s right, not only do Part Time Rangers make incredible drinks, but they also donate a portion of their profits to wildlife foundations to help save different species of animals. Part Time Rangers seltzer is not just a clever name, they are literally making an environmental impact and are just as much rangers as they are creators of delicious seltzers. If you’re looking for a humble brag, a new worth cause or even just a great range of flavourful seltzers check out why Part Time Rangers is the new must-try drink.
2. White Claw Seltzer
One of the most popular brands on the hard seltzer market, White Claw is a great introduction to the seltzer world. White Claw seltzer is made without compromise and uses the finest flavours to create a refreshing drink for any occasion. White Claw Australia offers a variety of flavours to choose from including fresh watermelon, ripe mango, crisp natural lime and many more. Offered in packs of 4 or a variety 10-pack, White Claw is made with vodka and sits at an attractive 4.5% alcohol volume. Next time you’re standing at the bottle shop fridge, don’t overthink it, grab a White Claw seltzer.
3. Fellr Seltzer
Fellr is not only a great brand aesthetically, but they also make delicious hard seltzers. Fellr seltzer comes in a wide variety of flavours, and their 4 packs are the best way to try their full range of flavours. Personally, I can’t go past the Fellr seltzer watermelon flavour, it gives childhood memories of fresh fruit on a hot summer day, making it the perfect choice for a barbeque or picnic. Fellr seltzer is not only delicious, but it’s also an award-winning hard seltzer as well, taking home the Silver Hard Seltzer at the World Premix Awards. Made from vodka, Fellr is a 4% alcohol volume delight in a can. If you are looking for a great hard seltzer, then look no further than Fellr.
4. Pals Seltzer
Pals seltzer is a great option if you are looking for flavour combinations that you just won’t get anywhere else. Pals Seltzer offers a wide variety of flavour combinations that are designed to give you a refreshing drink that is clean, fresh and simple. Flavours like peach & passionfruit or watermelon, mint & soda, are just the type of combinations to expect from Pals. Offered in packs of 4 or cases of 12, Pals seltzer is a great way to experience new flavours, on a vodka base, at a very attractive 4.5% alcohol volume.
5. Smirnoff Seltzer
You can’t discuss seltzer without mentioning one of the alcohol world’s biggest contributors, Smirnoff seltzer. Smirnoff seltzer is a great blend of their signature Smirnoff vodka, seltzer and natural fruit flavours. Offering crisp flavours like lime, passionfruit, peach iced tea or raspberry, Smirnoff seltzer is a must-try next time you’re at the bottle shop. Grab yourself a 4 pack or a Smirnoff seltzer 12 pack, and enjoy this 5% alcohol volume drink at the next gathering you head to.
6. Good Tides Seltzer
One of the more versatile options at your disposal is the Good Tides seltzer range. Good Tides hard seltzer comes in a range of flavours and strengths, meaning they have a seltzer for every occasion. Our personal favourite is the lemon-lime, it’s a crisp classic that is too good to miss on a sunny afternoon. Other flavour options include raspberry and their Guava which boasts an alcohol volume of 6.7%, making it a hard seltzer not to miss. Coming in packs of 4 or a hefty case of 24, the Good Tides seltzer is a drink that offers nothing but Good Tides.
7. Moon Dog Seltzer
One of my personal favourites Moon Dog seltzer is the fresh new range on offer from one of Melbourne’s best breweries. The Moon Dog fizzer seltzer range has five fresh flavours to try including Coco Mango, Raspberry Sorbet, Lemon Squeezy, Tropical Crush and Pine Limey. Our favourite Piney Limey is perfect for a summer day and tastes almost identical to a Splice ice cream. Offered in 4 packs, a mixed pack of 10 or a case of 24, the Moon Dog Fizzer is a must-buy. At 4% alcohol volume, these zesty seltzers are one of Moon Dog’s finest additions.
8. Liberty Coast Seltzer
Liberty Coast seltzer is not only a delicious option when it comes to hard seltzer, it’s also vegan and gluten free. It’s not always easy to come across a vegan seltzer or a gluten free seltzer, but Liberty Coast has nailed it. Offering flavours like Peach & Passionfruit, Lime and Raspberry, Liberty Coast seltzer is a tasty drink you’ll want to try on your next trip to the bottle shop. The Peach & Passionfruit is our favourite, tasting like a nice tropical punch with only 63 calories. Coming in packs of 4 or in a case of 24, Liberty Coast seltzer is a gentle 3.5% alcohol volume, meaning you can enjoy them responsibly without the hangover the next day.
9. Island Fever Seltzer
Number 8 of our hard seltzer list is Island Fever which isn’t just a funky name, it’s a great beverage choice as well. With four distinct flavours of passionfruit, berry, mango and lemon, Island fever hard seltzer is another must-try. The thing we love most about Island Fever is you can grab yourself a mixed 12 pack and get three of each flavour, meaning you can try them all before deciding which one to stick with. At 4.2% alcohol volume, Island Fever seltzers are a little heavier than the other options at your bottle shop, depending on your event of choice, maybe a 4 pack is all you’ll need.
10. Saintly Seltzer
Saintly Seltzer is a brand that offers a choice when you visit the bottle shop. Saintly seltzer is offered in two options, Saintly Seltzer 4% cans and their more eventful Saintly hard seltzer range coming in at a whopping 6% alcohol volume. With flavours like watermelon & mint or mango, their lighter range is a refreshing afternoon option. If you’re in the market for a more adventurous option, the Saintly hard seltzer ranges come in a mixed cocktail 12 pack, offering up unique flavours like their Ginger Mule, Passionfruit Martini, Almighty Mojito or the Grapefruit Margarita. Saintly offers gluten free seltzer, sugar-free seltzer, vegan seltzer and zero carbs in all of their cans.
11. Rainbird Seltzer
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any heavier than a 6% seltzer, along comes Rainbird seltzer and their 8% alcohol volume monsters. Coming in cranberry, black cherry or lemon and line, Rainbird seltzer is a creative maker of crisp flavours you must try. Rainbird seltzer also offers a lighter option, if you consider 6% alcohol volume
12. Tropapalooza Seltzer
Tropapalooza seltzer is not only a delicious drink, it’s a very fun name to say. Tropapalooza seltzer comes in three flavours, watermelon, lime & mint, berry & lime and Passionfruit. Offering a refreshing sweetness with a hint of tartness, the watermelon, lime & mint is a must-have this summer. You can get your hands on a pack of 4 or a case of 24 from your bottle shop, and coming in at 4.3% alcohol volume, Tropapalooza seltzers are a local favourite that is ideal for almost any event.
13. NoSH Seltzer
A breakaway from the standard colour seltzer can designs, NoSH seltzer is a chic all-black can, that tastes as good as it looks. With three flavours, NoSH boozy seltzer offers pineapple, peach and the unique boozy cola. Offered in packs of 4 or a case of 24, NoSH is a middle-of-the-road 5% alcohol volume seltzer that is a good alternative to the more well-known brands at your bottle shop. If fruity flavours are not your cup of tea, then be sure to give their boozy cola a try.
14. Jack Daniels Seltzer
This famous Tennessee whiskey brand has entered the seltzer game with a bang. Jack Daniels seltzer is exactly what it sounds like, a Tennessee whiskey-based seltzer that is sure to blow your mind. Coming in two flavours, zesty lemon and blood orange, Jack Daniels seltzer is subtly sweet and perfectly tangy. If whiskey is your drink of choice, then don’t miss the chance to enjoy a 6.5% alcohol volume beauty this summer.
15. Coast Seltzer
Coast seltzer is the last on our list, but it shouldn’t be the last on yours. With two delicious flavours of blood orange and watermelon, Coast seltzer uses natural flavours and it’s a refreshing drink from right here in Victoria. At 4% alcohol volume, these crisp cans can be purchased in 4 packs or a case of 16 if you’re looking for a little bit more excitement this weekend. Great on their own, Coast seltzers can also be used as a base for cocktails, making them versatile for any occasion.
No matter what the occasion, event or party you’re heading to, hard seltzers are the perfect drink to bring along. Refreshingly tasty, and at a range of alcohol volumes, hard seltzers are perfect for almost everyone. If you’re standing at the bottle shop fridge trying to decide, take our advice and pick one of our favourite 14 hard seltzers in your flavour of choice. Be sure to catch up on our Melbourne Food & Drink articles.