Drinks

Why You Should Buy This Thermos Beverage Insulator Right Now — Amazon Deal of the Day

If you're like us, your summertime plans involve spending as much time outdoors as humanly possible. But when you're hanging out in nature, your creature comforts become a little diminished. Nothing's worse than getting halfway through a beer before the hot temperature has rendered it warm and basically undrinkable, right?

That's why this Thermos Beverage Can Insulator is guaranteed to be your new favorite summer accessory. Equipped to hold any 12-ounce can, it's perfect for camping, fishing, tailgating, hanging out on the beach, or just sitting in your backyard with your buddies.

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What I Learned Between My First & Fifth Batches of Kombucha — Tips from The Kitchn

I thought about making my own kombucha for a long time. The thing that finally threw me over the edge was seeing Kitchn's recently published videos for making both a scoby and kombucha. I pored over the written instructions more times than I care to admit, but actually seeing someone go through the steps made it seem easy and gave me that extra bit of confidence I needed.

Nevertheless, I approached my first batch with all the uncertainty (and panic) I'm sure first-time brewers feel: Should those floaty things really be in there? Is that brown splotch okay or is it mold? But five batches later, I'm way more laid-back about brewing kombucha, and I learned a few lessons along the way.

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Starbucks Has Two New Tropical Frappucino Flavors Just in Time for Summer — Pop Culture

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With the first day of summer just a day away, coffee giant Starbucks has unveiled two of its new limited-edition summer menu items. The latest flavors for their Frappuccino blended Crème beverages are fruity in taste and vibrant in appearance: Berry Prickly Pear and Mango Pineapple.

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17 Alcohol-Free Mocktails, Punches, and Spritzes for Patio Season — Recipes from The Kitchn

Summer wouldn't be summer without plenty of lazy afternoons and evenings on the front porch and patio potlucks galore. It is your signal to break out the colorful straws and be sure there's plenty of ice at the ready, because if there's one thing these summer gatherings deserve it's cool spritzes, punches, and mocktails that will delight the whole crowd. Go beyond the usual iced tea and lemonade to stir up one of these made-for-summer drinks, destined to be a new favorite.

From a fizzy tea-inspired mocktail to an herby watermelon punch, count on these drinks to keep you and your pals cool.

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Cauliflower (Yes, Cauliflower!) Is the Secret to This Frozen Hot Cocoa — Delicious Links

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If you've never had the pleasure of drinking a frozen hot chocolate from Serendipity 3 in New York City, you might be wondering what the fuss is all about. Essentially a frozen shake that tastes like hot chocolate, it's delicious, but it's sure to leave you with a sugar hangover. This recipe from My New Roots puts a healthy spin on this sweet concoction, so you can drink it for breakfast and not worry about crashing a few hours later.

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We Tried Making Whole-Lemon Blender Lemonade and Here’s How It Went — Tip Test

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I imagine that many of us have sweet memories from days gone by of making lemonade in the kitchen with our parents or grandparents. Even if you grew up in a "from concentrate" or "bottled beverage" family, there's a good chance you've given it a whirl as an adult. But have you ever tried making whole-lemon lemonade? As in, blending a whole lemon, ice, and sugar? We did — here's how it went.

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