Pop the Tab, Not the Cork: Contactless Cocktails for All This New Year’s Eve

EVERYONE KNOWS THAT the canned cocktail was the drink of the summer, refreshing and easy to sip poolside or during a socially distant backyard barbecue. But don't write them off this winter! New Year's Eve is a perfect excuse to crack one open in lieu of popping the champagne.


RancH2O's four different versions are all made with real liquor, perfectly mixed. The Vodka Soda (with cranberry!) and Gin Fizz are festive and contactless cocktails with individual and disposable packaging. And RancH2O, founded by A&M grad Amelia Lattieri earlier this year, also offers cans of Margarita and Ranch Water to complete any proper Texas celebration.

Meanwhile, Lone River Beverage Company updated the flavor profile of its canned Ranch Water cocktails a few weeks ago, just in time for the cooler weather. The new Spicy Ranch Water comes with a Texas kick of jalapeno, offset by natural lime juice and a hint of organic agave. And the Rio Red Grapefruit version uses a "Texas-size squeeze" of red grapefruits.

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SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED Italian shoe line Concetto Limone will make its Texas debut at a cocktail reception at Valobra Master Jewelers (2150 Westheimer Rd.) on Thursday, April 29 from 5-7pm. The evening of "All Things Italian" will transport guests immediately to the coast of southern Italian as they sip on Italian wines, Aperol Spritzes, Negronis and Limoncellos while feasting on an assortment of Italian hors d'oeuvres from Houston's beloved Tony's. Invited guests will have the first glance in Texas on the Concetto Limone line and the opportunity to purchase unisex styles on Thursday evening and all day Friday at a trunk show at Valobra.

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A MASSIVE NEW exhibition up now at Foltz Fine Art (2143 Westheimer Rd.) showcases the vibrant works of two Houston artists whose art, although created through opposite means and levels of meticulousness, fuse together in a perfectly disparate union. A Sea of Green, on display through April 25, features nearly 90 works by Houston-based artists Jonathan Paul Jackson and DUAL that can be seen as opposite and apposing halves of the same boldly colored and exuberant vein of energy.

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THIS FRIDAY, RESTAURANTS all over Houston are celebrating National Picnic Day, which made its timely debut last year while the city was shut down and eateries were forced to pivot to takeout-only operations.

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