We have a love/hate relationship with hot weather. We love summer vacations, going to the beach, and sunny lunch hours. We hate sticky car seats, sweaty subway cars, and outdoor cocktail hours with nary a breeze.
So when June rolls around, we’ll be cooling off with an icy cold drink in hand -- morning, noon, and night. For some of us that means a cold-brewed iced coffee and for others it might be a minty batch of iced tea. If you, like us, will be seeking out some refreshment this summer, try something a little more adventurous -- no matter your taste.
If you like soda, don’t be confined to the modern standard. Mix up your own using seltzer water and soda syrup -- we love the Hibiscus & Grapefruit syrups from P&H Soda. They’ve got no funny ingredients, and you can tailor the concentration to your liking. Tip: They make a very good, very unexpected seasonal gift for a dinner or party in lieu of a bottle of wine.
If you’re a coffee drinker, go cold-brewed. This technique of making iced coffee yields a rich, chocolate-y tasting cup without a trace of bitterness. We were all hooked after our first sip. Make it at home with Grady’s Cold Brew bags, a small Brooklyn company whose recipe is in high demand.
If you’re just too hot, stick with water. We know we’re supposed to stay hydrated -- so we’ve started toting around a pretty water bottle. It's got a charcoal filter inside so even the stalest tap water tastes like pure mountain snow runoff (take that Evian!). We’ve also started keeping a glass beverage dispenser around -- this one is handblown with a handsome walnut spigot and lid (would you expect any less of us?). Fill it with water and thinly sliced lemons and limes -- the light citrus taste makes it easy to drink glass after glass.
Head to Provisions to see the entire Iced Drinks collectiion.