M.O Fruitsecco offers sparkling alternative for summer patio sipping

May long weekend is just ahead for Albertans, which can only mean one thing: Snow, rain and cold.

But that said, once we get past that, temperatures should get back to something resembling nice and we can resume our brief but needed spring and summer, which requires as much patio action as possible.

If you’re looking for a great and healthy alternative as to what adult beverage you should be sipping as you soak up the sun — or indoors as you avoid the weather this weekend — BC Tree Fruits Cider Co. has some tasty and refreshing new options.

The Kelowna company just launched in the B.C. and Alberta markets M.O Fruitsecco, which are a trio of canned sparkling beverages using natural ingredients that are locally sourced, feature no added flavours or colours, are gluten free, low in calories and carbs, and contain no refined sugars.

The three different M.O Fruitsecco options are: Sparkling Rose, which features three and a half apples, nine cherries and soda water, and is 110 calories with a 4.8 per cent alc./vol. hit; Sparkling Dry, which contains four apples, one lavender sprig and soda water, and will give you 118 calories at 5 per cent; and the slightly more exotic but nonetheless exceptional Sparkling Basil, with four apples, soda water and, of course, one basil leaf, with the same calories and alcohol content as the Dry.

They taste fantastic and are a superb alternative for those looking for something different from cider or wine coolers.

“We are excited to introduce this unique product to the consumer just in time for summer,” BC Tree Fruits cidermaker Nadine Harrison said in a release. “Each different product features only local ingredients and delivers an exciting new drinking experience that will be unlike any other.”

Sadly, the Sparkling Rose is, as of now, only available in the province from where it comes, but the Dry and Basil can be found now in many of your favourite local liquor stores in four-packs of 355 ml cans.

Cheers to the sunny months that should be here soon. At least after this weekend.