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We taste-tested eight tantalising tins after Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott was spotted swigging an M&S mojito on a train — and had to carry the can for breaking ­Transport for London rules.

Giulia Crouch lifts the lid on marvellous mixes and those best left on the shelf.

M&S Mojito, 250ml, £2.09

Gary Stone

I wouldn’t drink this on the Overground or Underground or the 113 to Streatham station.

It’s way too sweet. For a mojito you need fresh mint.

“Mint ­flavouring” makes it tastes like toothpaste. Sorry, Diane.

Rating: 1/5.


Smirnoff & Cranberry Vodka Mixed Drink, 250ml, £1.99

Gary Stone

Nothing to complain about here. Vodka cranberry doesn’t suffer from being pre-mixed and canned.

It reminds me of drinking at 18 so this is a great trip down memory lane.

Rating: 4/5.

Gordon’s Pink Gin & Tonic, 250ml, £1.99

Gary Stone

When I’m sick of drinking beer at a festival this is my go-to beverage.

Aficionados will sneer but G&T in a can is actually all right and this one gets extra points for being pink.

Rating: 5/5 – best.


All Shook Up Passion Fruit Martini, 250ml, £1.65

Gary Stone

I was pleasantly surprised by this. I thought it would be sickly and syrupy but it is light, tropical and zesty.

The passion fruit tastes real and it’s very drinkable.

Rating: 5/5.

Pimm’s No 1 & Lemonade, 250ml, £1.99

Gary Stone

Part of the joy of Pimm’s is in the making.

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I like digging out the most gigantic jug I can find, going overboard on the ice and even more so on the fruit.

With a can you get none of that. No fun.

Rating: 2/5.

Baileys Iced Coffee Latte, 200ml, £1.99

Gary Stone

Confusing . . . when are you supposed to drink it? Not in the morning because it’s alcoholic, but I wouldn’t fancy a milky drink at an evening event either – and it won’t pair well with food.


Rating: 2/5.

All Shook Up Espresso Martini, 250ml, £1.65

Gary Stone

You know you’re in for a wild one if someone gets the espresso martinis in.

I was excited to hear you can now buy the cocktail in a can – but the acrid taste left me bitterly disappointed.

Rating: 0/5.

Jack Daniel’s and Cola, 330ml, £2.20

Gary Stone

It is what it is – a classic combo of the famous Tennessee whiskey and cola.

You can’t ask for much more – except a few cubes of ice.

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Pour this one into a glass, kick back and enjoy.

Rating: 3/5.

Labour’s Diane Abbott breaks the law by swigging can of mojito on the train home




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