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20 Products That’ll Help You Drink Smarter This Summer

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May 20, 2022

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This post was originally published in May 2021 and has been updated.

Fact: Summer happy hours are the best. Temperatures are warmer, the sun is shining, and everyone just feels a bit more relaxed. So whether you’re in a park, a backyard, or having a gathering indoors, we’ve got you covered.

We rounded up our favorite picks to help you drink smarter. From nonalcoholic options to items that’ll transport your drinks to a wine filter that may help with hangovers. It’s time to responsibly get your sip on.


A tiny filter that may help you avoid some classic hangover symptoms…

Just run the wand through your wine before drinking. It removes histamines and sulfites. Aka the things that can cause reactions like congestion, red cheeks, and headaches. And no, it won’t affect the taste. Simple solutions, we see you. ($19.95/10 pack, Grommet)

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A variety pack of spirit alternatives if you’re looking to go alcohol-free…

Have fun mixing and playing with flavors. The Bar Cart Bundle includes a gin alternative, whiskey alternative, tequila alternative, and rum alternative, plus a cute tote to carry it all in. Everything is zero-proof, but still smells and tastes like traditional liquors. Mocktails, coming right up. ($107.97, Ritual Zero Proof)

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And three more nonalcoholic options that can be combined with tonic…

Seedlip’s Spice 94 has hints of allspice, oak, and lemon. Garden 108 is herbal, with peas, spearmint, and hay giving it a delicate flavor. Grove 42 includes three different types of orange, so consider it your citrus go-to. Psst...They’re not meant to drink straight-up. So get mixing. ($40, Food52)

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An aperitif to sip before dinner…

It’s got notes of raspberry, rose, and cherries. So pour it over ice or mix it in a spritz for an ideal summer cocktail. Every bottle is blended in Sonoma by a team of in-house experts. It’s also low in sugar, which European equivalents tend to use a lot of. Customers say it makes a great housewarming gift. ($35, Haus)

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A mocktail subscription box so you can get regular deliveries…

Each box includes four bottles. Plus no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives are used. Ingredients include organic lime juice, cardamom, clove, decaffeinated teas, and natural mint flavors. You can serve them straight-up, or mix them with other bevs. Psst…There’s also no added sugar. ($16.96+, Mocktail Club)

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A ventilated drink cover to keep your glass free from bugs...

No more tiny flies floating in your cocktail. These covers will keep your drink clean from pollen and dust too. Plus, they can double as coasters. But don’t worry — they’ll still let your wine breathe. ($19.95/4 pack, Grommet)

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A wine tote for easy transport…

The merino wool provides insulation to two regular-sized bottles of wine as you go from home to the park to a friend’s backyard. It’s also stain-resistant and chic. You really can’t go wrong. ($69, Goodee)

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A 1 gallon time-marker water bottle to keep you hydrated... 

Whenever you’re drinking alcohol, it’s important to continue drinking water too. This bottle has a carrying strap and leakproof lid with a locking feature. So you can avoid that dehydration headache that can sometimes accompany a night of wine. The time markers will keep you motivated throughout the day, so by the time evening rolls around, you’ll be ready to go. ($25.99, Amazon)

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A portable wineglass that’ll travel around the backyard with you…

No more spills here. This glass is wrapped in a protective silicone cover, is dishwasher-safe, and has a lid with a sliding tab. It can hold up to 15 ounces with a stain-resistant inside, so feel free to pour (and repour) your favorite wine. Customers love that it keeps their wine chilled without any condensation. ($25, W&P)

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A beer caddy for your next meet-up with friends...

This one holds a six-pack. And features a convenient bottle opener and adjustable shoulder strap for easy carrying. You can also remove the inner dividers to make room for bigger bottles. It’s like the adult version of a lunch box. Carry responsibly. ($44.95, Amazon)

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And a selection of nonalcoholic beer you can choose from…

Shop using the many helpful filters to find the perfect bottle for you. Then get it delivered in under 60 minutes. Drizly partners with local retailers, so when you place your order, local liquor stores can get you what you want in a fraction of the time. (Prices vary, Drizly)

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A gadget that’ll give you that fresh-from-the-tap foam…

Drop one of these stones into your beer to watch the carbonation reaction take place. You’ll get a stronger-tasting flavor with less acidity. And a nice amount of foam. Pro tip: keep them in the fridge until you need ’em. ($28/2 pack, Uncommon Goods)

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And whiskey stones to chill your next glass…

Without watering the flavor down. Keep them in your freezer, and when you’re ready to start sipping, add one to your cocktail. Customers love the packaging they come in and say it’s the perfect gift for whiskey enthusiasts. ($9.99/9 pack, Amazon)

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Glass markers so you can keep track of which drink is yours…

These little felt donut-shaped markers come in 12 different bright colors so guests know which drink is theirs. Because no one wants to accidentally sip from someone else’s glass. They’re also stain-resistant and absorbent. ($19, Goodee)

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An electric wine opener that can also vacuum seal bottles…

Upgrade your happy hour with this opener that can uncork 80 bottles in a single charge, and recharges quickly so it’s ready for another go. And no — it won’t break corks in the process. If you don’t finish your bottle, just use the vacuum sealer option to preserve freshness and flavor. Customers love that it cuts and stores the cork foil as well. ($39.95, Wayfair)

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A skinny spicy margarita mix you can easily make at home…

Like in under five minutes. Just place the bag in a glass, add two shots of water, and let it sit for about three minutes. Then finish with a shot of your favorite tequila and ice. The tiny bag has all the other ingredients needed to make your margarita. ($24/8 pack, Steep’t)

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Pint glasses that’ll steer the conversation as you sip…

Follow the line markers and watch the topics range from birthdays to jobs to apartments and more. Swap stories (good, bad, and funny), and feel the stress melt away — no awkward conversation starters required. ($30/2 pack, Uncommon Goods)

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An online marketplace that’ll grant you access to wine from around the world…

Shop by variety, region, or collection. You can check out bottles from Tuscany or read recs from sommeliers and Michelin-star restaurants. Along with bottle descriptions you’ll get info about serving temperature, aeration time, and food pairings. You’ll also be able to read the history behind a bottle. Time to wine down. (Prices vary, Wine Access)

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A nonalcoholic aperitif that’s just as good as the real thing…

Trust us, we’ve tried it. This aperitif has tons of flavor that’ll evoke summer sidewalk dinners in the city or sipping a spritz in the Italian countryside, but contains zero alcohol. It tastes like rose, bitter orange, and cloves, and is perfect when enjoyed over ice. There are even recipes on the brand’s website to help you make an incredible mocktail. We’re in. ($43, Figlia)

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A pack of plastic champagne glasses…

Because who wants to be hand-washing a bunch of glasses the day after? No one. These plastic stemless glasses are super sturdy and won’t crack in your guest’s hand. They’re BPA-free and even dishwasher-safe if you do want to reuse them. Customers love that they look like glass. ($19.99/24 pack, Amazon)

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