I’ve never been a cooler fan. I can’t really say why, except that I don’t like sweet drinks. It wasn’t always like that. When I was a kid, my parents used to take us kids to the pub after church. (Nice balance of priorities…) We’d sit in the car outside with bottles of CherryAde (non alcoholic) and Smith’s Crisps. Somewhere along the way I graduated to drier tastes, like Scrumpy cider and English Bitter. But I digress.
Most coolers are styled to deliver booze to unsuspecting young drinkers whose tastes have already been shaped on colas and the like; and often tend more towards saccharine than actual flavour.
In fact, the extent to which the cooler market has exploited those tastes is quite staggering. According to BC Liquor Branch numbers, in 2014, coolers and ciders (the commercial ones might just as well be coolers) added up to a 12.4 percent equivalent of all beer sales. And it’s a segment that continues to gain ground.
Now comes a Canadian cooler, launched last year in Alberta in response to a growing demand for less calories, aimed at a ‘healthy lifestyle’ drinker.
SoCIAL Lite is a new, entirely unsweetened cooler with just 80 calories per can, recently arrived on BC shelves. I sipped these low calorie, all natural, unsweetened vodka based sodas and was duly impressed as they use neither sugar nor sweetener.
I like the subtlety of the Lemon, Cucumber, Mint, and the quiet kick of the Lime – Ginger.
Overall, these coolers are really quaffable and refreshing drops, and, at 4 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), with just the right amount of a kick.
Take your pick. Launched with the not too shabby assistance of Dragon’s Den. Find them at private stores, around $11 for four cans.
SoCIAL Lite says: “The response has been fantastic”… “and would like to expand to the rest of Canada in 2016.”
My hunch is they should do well.