Aston Manor unveils vodka-based hard seltzer range


Sol Duc hard seltzers

UK cider maker Aston Manor has developed a trio of low-calorie alcoholic hard seltzers under a new brand called Sol Duc.

Sol Duc is Aston Manor’s first foray into the hard seltzer market and is part of its ongoing investment into new production capabilities and resources.

The range, which is available in three flavours – Strawberry & Lime, Raspberry & Rose and Rhubarb & Ginger – combines sparkling water, a dash of pure vodka and natural fruit flavours.

Available from 25 September, the 330ml 5% ABV cans contain just 95 calories, no added sugar, sweetener or colours, and are suitable for anyone following a gluten-free or vegan diet.

Calli O’Brien, marketing controller at Aston Manor, said: “Consumers more than ever are seeking balanced options to support their lifestyle, but with this, the expectation for full flavour and no compromise still stands.

“They want transparency and honesty in their products, with great taste to boot. We’ve achieved this with Sol Duc and can’t wait to see the consumer reaction when it launches.

“We are well-placed to diversify our product range, especially with a hard seltzer. Through our transatlantic relationship with the Seattle Cider Company, which is based in Washington, we have gained invaluable insight and understanding of the hard seltzer category, following its phenomenal success in the US. With Sol Duc, we’re aiming to emulate that success in the UK.”

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