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You'll be hearing from the staff at Food52 every week in Too Many Cooks, our group column in which we pool our answers to questions about food, cooking, life, and more.


It's hot out. And while nobody loves sweating profusely or getting a sunburn, there is something appealing about the heat: extended evenings spent outside with friends, breaking out the grill, jumping in the pool, and of course, quenching your thirst with your favorite cold beverage. So this week, we asked our team:

What's your favorite summer refreshement?

Are you on team rosé? Or team lemonade? Or you you need a constant supply of iced coffee? Tell us in the comments!

Kenzi: Rosé Rosé Rosé Rosé Rosé Rosé Rosé Rosé Rosé Rosé Rosé Rosé. (Too much?)

Brette: +1000 on the rosé. My favorite quote about rosé, from Adam Sachs: "Rosé is kryptonite to clichés. Rosé is all, like, whatèvre. Tell it that’s not even a real word, and rosé just shrugs and pours another glass for its hot girlfriend."

Christina: I'm with Kenzi. Also, the best lemonade to drink while working.

Maddy: Campari and soda with lime. For daytime: an Arnold Palmer.


Marian: Aperol spritz! Aperol spritz! In a huge wine glass. Also an Americano.

Kenzi: Americano +2. Before my Rosé.

Michael: Bitters and soda.

Jennifer: Vodka, Campari, and soda with a lemon twist!

Lauren: Gin and tonic with lemon and a lime. I gave this same response to another TMC

Amanda Li: Watermelon juice.

Karl: Watermelon agua fresca! And beer.

Amelia: A Pimm's Cup! It's the only thing I want when it's really hot out.

Bea: Pimm's cup with fresh mint!

Amanda: Oh, so many! I do love watermelon juice. And Pimm's cup always. But my go-to is Lillet on ice with some fruit tossed in. 

Emma: Black iced coffee, and please don't skimp on the ice.

Maggie: Is it boring to say that I want an iced latte? If yes, I'll have a blackberry gin fizz.

Sarah: Strong iced tea.

Bryce: Arnold Palmer by day, Flirtini by night (Champagne, vodka and pineapple juice).

Lindsay: Dang it. There are too many good ones to +1 without sounding like I have a problem. So I'm going with dry sparkling wine and coconut flavored sparkling water. Bubbles for the win.

Allison: BBC’s (banana, Bailey’s, and cream, blended with ice) topped with rum floaters. 

Hannah: Nobody likes a good (root beer) float?!

Stephanie: I'm so on team root beer float. I wasted way too much time thinking I didn't like them. What a fool! But also, a combo of gin, grapefruit, and St. Germaine.

Merrill: Late to the party, but whatèvre. Rosé for the win.

Tells us: What's your beverage of choice when you need to cool down?

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