15 Beverages You Need to Sip Before the End of Summer - Forbes
We’re in the dog days of summer and often the best way to cool down is with a cold beverage. Whether you’re a wine drinker, caffinee craver, or cocktail enthusiast this season is full of plenty new summer sips that will no doubt quench your thirst. To up the ante, most of these spirited delights are easy to grab and go for those last call picnics, beach days, and gatherings with family and friends.
Here are 15 beverages you should be sipping on the rest of this summer.
For the tea lover looking for a little excitement: Jiant Hard Tea
A hard kombucha company who says they are “spelled wrong, but taste right” has launched a new hard tea beverage. Crafted with organic Keemun Black Tea, Jade Oolong and Pu-erh teas, organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice and Champagne yeast, fermented dry, and then finished off with a splash of real fruit juice resulting in an elegant low-ABV, low-sugar beverage. Flavors include mango lime, raspberry mint, and blood orange grapefruit. Find it here.
For the imbiber who misses boxed wine but has better taste now: Crafthouse Cocktails
The days of cheap wine in a box are gone, but boxed cocktails are in. Pioneering a canned cocktail brand, co-founded in 2013 by world-champion bartender Charles Joly (aka the mixologist for the Oscars & Emmys), their newest launch is large format boxed cocktails. The boxes are available in Moscow Mule, Spicy Margarita, Pineapple Daiquiri and Smoky Margarita, each serving 15 cocktails and use all-natural, gluten-free ingredients while foregoing malt base, neon coloring and excess sugar. They're the ultimate flex for gatherings but they're also a game-changer for simply keeping in the fridge and pouring yourself a cocktail whenever you want. Snag them here.
For the calorie counter who still wants to have a good time: Spa Girl Cocktails
An award-winning, clean-tasting, low-calorie, low-sugar, high-proof, guilt-free “pop and pour” cocktail collection inspired by the desire to craft a delicious, low-calorie cocktail full of healthier, clean ingredients. Spa Girl cuts through the male-dominated competition with passion and damn good, refreshing, guilt-free cocktails. Known for their fresh and fruity flavors and clean ingredients, you can enjoy the notes of cucumber, pineapple, strawberry, peach, and pear without any of the guilt. This buzz-worthy booze is under 100 calories and packs a punch with its high alcohol content ranging from 11.5% - 16.5%. Available in 4-pack cans and 750 mL bottles, their high-proof cocktails mean drinking less, to enjoy more. Find a retailer near you here.
For the thirsty stoner: Artet
The first cannabis-infused aperitif company. Artet consists of cannabis and a blend of eight different botanicals launched in 2019, created by cousins Xander Shepherd, Zachary Spohler and Maxwell Spohler. Artet recently entered the ready-to-drink category with the launch of two signature canned cocktails, Rosemary Jane and Tet & Tonic. These cannabis crafted drinks are meant for cocktail moments for those who don’t want to drink alcohol, but still want to be part of the social scene. Learn more about them here.
For the summer wine lover: Harvey & Harriet
A passion project from Eric Jensen, owner-winemaker at Booker Wines, one of Paso’s iconic wineries thisCabernet-based blend is a perfect summer sipper. With Harvey & Harriet, Eric is aiming to push the envelope of what a wine can be for $30. The fruit is organically farmed from westside Paso Robles vineyards, made at Booker’s solar-powered winery and free of the types of additives and concentrates that are often found in wines of this price range. The name Harvey & Harriet is an ode to his salt-of-the-earth parents and the idea of providing a killer wine at a reasonable price for people just like them. This 2019 new release is full and layered and ready to drink. Grab a bottle for yourself here.
For the flavored coffee lover: Torani Syrups
A leader in the flavor industry for nearly 100 years, known for putting the Italian soda on the map in the U.S. and then creating the world’s first flavored latte. Torani recently added three brand-new flavors to its line of Puremade syrups and sauces: Mangonada Syrup, Black Sugar Syrup, and nut allergen-free Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce. All three flavors are made with natural ingredients and can be enjoyed in a variety of beverages, including coffees, milk teas, cocktails, and more. Find them in stores near you here.
For the one wishing they were on an Italian picnic: Riunite
Riunite has recently expanded their product portfolio by entering the canned wine category with Red Sangria, White Sangria, and their newest product innovation, Lambrusco cans. Riunite’s Lambrusco Cans have hints of cherries and dark berries with a sweet and fizzy flair and are best enjoyed chilled and making memories with family and friends. Riunite’s White Sangria features notes of white peach, citrus and spice – it’s refreshing and slightly fizzy. Riunite’s Red Sangria combines the flavors and aromas of dark berries, strawberries and peaches with a hint of citrus. Get some for your next picnic here.
For the Cupcake Vineyard wine lover that wants a lighter version: Cupcake LightHearted
The makers of Cupcake Vineyard have introduced a new collection of lower calorie/lower alcohol with 80 calories, 8% ALC/VOL and less than 1 gram of sugar per 5 oz. serving. These new lighter wines come in five varietals: Sauv Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Rosé, and Pinot Noir. They’re bright, fruit-forward and full of flavor making them perfect for summer sipping. Find them near you here.
For the drinker who loves a solid cocktail: Dashfire Cocktails
Finding your fire is what this company is all about. They started with bitters and have worked their way into canned cocktails with a collection of bartender quality cocktails that are ready to chill and serve into your favorite proper glassware. No need to be a cocktail pro to enjoy options like a lemon and lavender martini, elderflower Martinez, pomegrante El Presidente, and a bourbon old fashioned. These little babies are made right and ready to enjoy either out of the can, stir or shaken, or over ice. Find them here.
For the espresso martini lover: DELOCE
The espresso martini has officially made it’s comeback (though some say it never left — me, this writer says so) and DELOCE has created a canned cocktail that will give drinkers an energetic buzz with high quality ingredients in an easy to serve form. This 11% ABV espresso martini is made with 100% Arabica coffee beans sourced from the Narino and Huila regions of COlombia to create a premium cold-pressed espresso and vodka cocktail. Lactose-intolerate? Don’t worry, these are dairy free. Score them here.
For the wellness fanatic: VYBES
This functional wellness brand has officially launched a new line of Adaptogenic Elixirs. The line of seriously delicious sparkling elixirs come in 3 different flavors (Apricot Lemon, Pineapple Ginger and Watermelon Lime) featuring powerful adaptogens for mood, immunity & vitality. Each flavor includes an adaptogenic elixir that targets the root causes of chronic stress. These highly effective plant-derivatives improve mood, mental clarity and the body’s immunity & vitality. It’s refreshingly delicious, and packs a ‘mean’ exhilarating bubble. It’s an ideal way to swap out sodas for something festive and healthy. There’s also a CBD line of these Los Angeles based beverages. Learn more here.
For the iced coffee lover: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Brew Over Ice K-cup pods
Finally an easy way to conveniently brew a rich, café-quality iced coffee over ice from your favorite Keurig brewer right at home. Iced coffee fanatics can rejoice all summer long and savor the premium roast blends available in flavors such as Classic Black,Vanilla Caramel, and Hazelnut Cream. Snag them at your local grocery stores or online.
For the one looking for a quick tasty pick-me-up: Bai Boost
For when you’re not in the mood for coffee but need a jolt of energy, Bai Boost is the perfect pick-me-up. This newly launched plant-based drink has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee (110mg), is packed with antioxidants and Vitamin C, and contains only 10 calories per bottle – mix into cocktails, bring to the beach, or sip poolside. Find them at your local grocer.
For the rose lover who is also rooting for LGBTQ and AAPI-owned brands: SO GAY ROSÉ
SO GAY ROSÉ is a crisp, canned rosé that’s perfect for your poolside party, beach hang or weekend getaway. A pocket-sized can of rosé (the equivalent to one glass of wine), SO GAY ROSÉ is produced in California with 0g of sugar and less than 100 calories per serving. Light and dry with just a hint of carbonation, this is a wine that always goes down easy — no matter where you’re drinking, or who you’re drinking with. Aiming to reclaimed the phrase “So Gay” to be “So Great,” celebrating the joy and freedom that comes when you live your most authentic, colorful self, SO GAY ROSÉ is Tim’s way of bringing people together, one can of wine at a time. Order yours here.
For the one who loves both beer and agave: Tequila Barrel Sunrise & Mezca-limon barrel aged beers
Paso Robles’ Firestone Walker Brewing Company has debuted two barrel-aged beers this summer. One echos the traditional Mezcalita recipe, a specialty base beer was brewed with agave, chile peppers, flaked corn and sea salt. It was then mainly aged in the mezcal barrels with a portion matured in orange bitters barrels, all finished with a touch of freshly zested lime. The result is flavorful beer that offers an authentic Mezcalita sipping experience. While the other is a spirited riff on a classic Tequila Sunrise cocktail. This one is born from Firestone Walker’s signature Helldorado blond barleywine that’s aged in extra anejo tequila barrels, then blended with small lots matured in hard-to-get cherry and orange bitter barrels, before being blended with orange zest and hibiscus. Check these fun creations out here.