Earlier this year, Dogfish Head Distilling, the 20+ year spirits branch of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, debuted its lineup of ready to drink canned cocktails. Now the distillery has added Blood Orange & Mango Vodka Crush and Lemon & Lime Gin Crush to its expanded assortment.
“Inspired by the sun, surf and beaches of Dogfish Head’s seaside home, these new Canned Cocktail recipes are our off-centered take on the area’s most popular – and most refreshing – cocktail, ‘The Crush,’ which is a simply-made combination of spirits and freshly-pressed juice obtained by ‘crush’-ing the fruit with a hand-powered press,” said Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Founder & Brewer, in a statement. “Like the original, our Blood Orange & Mango Vodka Crush and Lemon & Lime Gin Crush combine thoughtfully crafted spirits with real fruit juices, but we make the magic happen without the equipment or the hassle, allowing you to enjoy this favorite straight from the fridge OR toss it into a cooler and take it along on your next off-centered adventure.”
The growth of ready-to-drink segment of the beverage marketplace has grown sharply over the past few years. In 2021 YTD, the segment has grown an impressive +128%, based on IRI, latest 13 weeks ending 10/3/21. These sales chip away at both cider and beer.
Dogfish Head has created a diverse and flavorful lineup of canned cocktails. Each offering is full of its own distinct fragrant aromas and flavors with perfect carbonation that provides for an excellent journey through Dogfish Head’s creative cocktail making using their own craft spirits as a base. And each can contains two shots of vodka and gin!
Both the two new Crush flavors – Blood Orange & Mango Vodka Crush and Lemon & Lime Gin Crush – are full of fruit forward flavors that are followed with a touch of tartness on the finish. With the natural flavor additions, these two offerings are the most flavorful vodka and gin drinks being served in a 12oz can.
Here’s a breakdown on all five flavors as provided by Dogfish Head.
Blood Orange & Mango Vodka Crush: Light, refreshing and bursting with juicy flavor, Blood Orange & Mango Vodka Crush begins with Dogfish Head Distilling Co. vodka distilled with real blood oranges and mangos and blends it with “crushed” orange and mango juices, and a hint of citrus.
Lemon & Lime Gin Crush: A real palate-cleansing refresher, Lemon & Lime Gin Crush is built upon Dogfish Head Distilling Co.’s bright and citrusy gin blended with freshly “crushed” lemon and lime juices, and a touch of basil for a deliciously citrusy and herbaceous sipper that will leave the drinker wanting more.
Strawberry & Honeyberry Vodka Lemonade: Packing the well-balanced tartness of fresh-squeezed lemon combined with a sweet berry taste, Strawberry & Honeyberry Vodka Lemonade features Dogfish Head Distilling Co. vodka distilled with honeyberries, macerated with strawberries and blended with a house-made lemonade.
Blueberry Shrub Vodka Soda: Blueberry Shrub Vodka Soda showcases Dogfish Head Distilling Co. vodka distilled with blueberries, macerated with lightly sweetened balsamic and red wine vinegar, and blended with soda water. The resulting deep, burgundy-colored libation is subtly sweet from the blueberries, with a slightly sour and complex fruity character from the vinegar. *2020 A. Spirits Awards “Best-In-Show” winner in the ready-to-drink category.*
Cherry Bergamot Whiskey Sour: Cherry Bergamot Whiskey Sour takes Dogfish Head Distilling Co. whiskey distilled with tart cherries and highly-fragrant, citrusy bergamot oranges, and blends it with a house-made sour mix to create a complex concoction chock full of oak and vanilla whiskey flavors balanced by notes of citrus and dark cherries with a touch of honey, lemon and bergamot.
For additional information about Dogfish Head Distilling Co. and its new CRUSH-able Canned Cocktails, please visit www.dogfish.com. To track down a 4-pack of Blood Orange & Mango Vodka Crush or Lemon & Lime Gin Crush of any other Canned Cocktail, check out Dogfish Head’s Fish Finder.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.