“Botanical” is among the new buzzwords in sparkling adult beverages. Case in point, Plume & Petal’s new line of canned spritzers, redolent of fruit, herbs, tea, and honey. The first vodka-based sippers of their kind enters the U.S. market courtesy of Bacardi Limited, joining other ready-to-drink brands like Bombay Sapphire & Tonic, Bacardi Real Rum Cocktails, and many dozens of others.
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Clocking in at 4.5 percent ABV and 100 calories, the easy-drinking sparklers boast no artificial sweeteners or gluten. Rooted in peach, lemon, and cucumber-based spirits, the spritzes lighten things up with subtle flavor and refreshing fizz.
At first pop, the spritzes tickle the nose with bubbles and aroma, a subtle suggestion of flavor to come. The cucumber variation hints at lemongrass and chamomile, soft on the palate and calling to mind the carafes of water you might find at a spa. The lemon spritz is fresh and citrusy with a lingering elderflower finish. The sweetest of the three without being overly sweet, the floral peach variety suggests a whisper of iced tea and honey.
Convenient to toss in a cooler and enjoy at a picnic, an outdoor concert or on a patio, the spritzes are easy to drink straight up, over ice, or floated atop a cocktail for carbonation. Just be aware, the bubbles tend to dissipate rather quickly.
Plume & Petal spritz variety 6-packs retail for $18; you’ll find single-flavor 4-packs around $13.