Spritzer or Seltzer? Spiked Seltzer or Soda? What about canned cocktails?

Is your head spinning yet? We get it. There are A LOT of options out there, and it can be easy to lump all of them together. To help you out, we’re going to break down the difference between a hard seltzer and a wine spritzer and let you decide which one is the best choice. Ahem, we’re pretty sure we know the answer already 😜

What is a Hard Seltzer?

Hard seltzers consist of sparkling water and an alcohol base such as spirits, wine, or malt. The popular hard seltzers that you find at stores today will usually be mixed with malt or liquor. Typically, an optional flavor is added.

What is a Wine Spritzer?

A wine spritzer is a cocktail made with wine, soda water, and ice. They provide the wine flavor you seek but with an added layer of versatility. There are wine spritzer mixed cocktail recipes for every palate.

What’s the Difference Between Hard Seltzers and Wine Spritzers?

Wine Spritzers, as you can tell from the name, only get their alcohol from wine. Your average hard seltzer will use fruit- or liquor-based alcohol or malt to spike the drink. While both offer a bubbly experience, the main difference is the source of alcohol.

Are Wine Spritzers Better Than Hard Seltzers?

We may be a little bit biased, but our short answer is Yes! The alcohol in Cool Cat, for instance, comes straight from the wine vineyards in sunny Cali, not liquor or malt. Plus, wine spritzers contain more alcohol (ours has 6.9%), so you can drink less and get more bang for the buck.

Common complaints of hard seltzers stem from the bloated feeling you get from drinking several. Being able to sip on a few higher-alcohol spritzers can be a way better experience than downing several cane-sugar based seltzers.

The flavors of spritzers also are a step above most seltzers. When you combine club soda & natural flavors with a rich, complex white wine - you’re in for a more refreshing taste. Some seltzers can hit the spot, but simple flavors like “watermelon” or “lime” can get stale.

A can of Cool Cat Citrus Wine Spritzer being poured into a glass.

While we refer to Cool Cat as a sparkling cocktail, we have no problem being referred to as a wine spritzer. The reason is because… it’s both! Cool Cat offers a refined cocktail experience in the convenience of a can. Two things can be true!

So what are you waiting for? If you want to take a break from seltzers, take a look at our sparkling cocktail flavors and get spritzin’! You can also pick up Cool Cat at Target, or possibly at a store near you.