Hard coffee: A suspect fad
“Here’s the cold, hard truth about boozy canned coffee,” said Emily Heil in The Washington Post. “Most of it is terrible”—both “super-sweet and overly creamy.” Even the best left us asking, Exactly when is it a good time for a cold drink that combines caffeine, sugar, and alcohol?
La Colombe Hard Cold Brew This malt-based beverage from MillerCoors and a legit coffee brand was easily the best of the group. Choose black, no cream, for “minimal sweetness” and the rounded flavors of a quality bean.
Pabst Blue Ribbon Hard Coffee It’s hard to say if the flavor is more Nestlé’s Quik, melted Snickers, or malted milk ball, but this dessert-like concoction definitely has “a guilty pleasure attraction.”
Cafe Agave Spiked Cold Brew At 12.5 percent alcohol, this wine-based blend was “the booziest of the bunch.” You feel the burn before the “cloying” sweetness. ■