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What on earth is hard seltzer and could it save you from a lockdown induced beer belly? Joanna Taylor investigates

A Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday... or, ok, any night in, can be excuse enough for tipple o’clock. But, as we're all too aware, an excess of calories and alcohol intake can have rather detrimental effects on one’s well being, including high blood-pressure, weight gain and more.

This is where hard seltzer shuffles onto your fridge shelf. Already hugely popular in the US and now beginning to show face in the UK, it's essentially flavoured fizzy water with a dash of naughtiness. Most 330ml cans come in at below 5% alcohol, contain little to no carbohydrates and are around 100 calories a serving. Unlike our tinned G&T favourites, the alcoholic element is usually derived from fermented cane sugar or malted barley.

In terms of taste, common flavours range from white citrus, blueberry and mango. But don’t expect to be knocking back anything like a WKD - these clean, almost bitter bubbles are not for those seeking sugary satisfaction. Instead, expect the slight tang you’d get from a dash of fruity cordial.

Like any alcoholic beverage, moderation is key. But if you’re ever in need of something to take the edge off and don’t fancy waking up with a splitting headache, here are three of our firm favourites.

DRTY Seltzer, £25 for 12 cans

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Fountain, £25 for 12 cans

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Served Hard Seltzer, £27 for 12 cans

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