18 Products That’ll Help You Drink Smarter This Summer

Published on: May 21, 2021fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
products that'll help you drink smarter this summerDesign: Lindsay Lange, Credit: Suzanne Hanover, Universal Studios

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 your first small gathering (safely) indoors, we’ve got you covered.

We rounded up our favorite picks to help you drink smarter. From non-alcoholic 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.

wine filter that may help reduce hangover symptoms
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, The Grommet)

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liquor alternatives to use in mocktails, zero proof alcohol
A variety pack of spirit alternatives if you’re looking to go alcohol-free…

Have fun mixing and playing with flavors. The pack includes a gin alternative, whiskey alternative, and tequila alternative. Everything is zero proof, but still smells and tastes like traditional liquors. Mocktails, coming right up. ($44.99/3 pack, Ritual Zero Proof)

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non-alcoholic drink mixers
And three more non-alcoholic 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. ($40/3 pack, Food52)

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raspberry, rose, and cherry-flavored aperitif to drink before a meal
An aperitif to sip before dinner…

It’s got notes of raspberry, rose, and cherries. So pour it over ice, or add it to 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. Cheers. ($35, Haus)

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mocktail subscription club
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. ($16.96+, Mocktail Club)

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ventilated drink covers to protect your drink from bugs
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. Sip at your leisure. ($19.95/4 pack, The Grommet)

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insulated wine tote
A wine tote for easy transport…

The merino wool provides insulation 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. ($39, Goodee)

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one gallon water bottle with time markers to keep you on track during the way
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. Get sippin'. ($22.99, Amazon)

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portable wine glass with a cover
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. ($25, W&P)

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six pack beer caddy with bottle opener
A beer caddy for your next meet-up with friends...

This one holds a six-pack. And features a convenient bottle opener. It’s like the adult version of a lunch box. Carry responsibly. ($23.10, Amazon)

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non-alcoholic beer delivery
And a selection of non-alcoholic 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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beer foaming stones
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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whiskey stones that'll chill your drink
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. Ahhh, refreshing. ($9.99/9 pack, Amazon)

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

Because no one wants to accidentally sip from someone else’s glass. They’re also stain-resistant and absorbent. Spills happen. ($19, Goodee)

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electric wine opener that can also vacuum seal
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 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. Cheers to that. ($39.95, Wayfair)

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spicy margarita mix you can use at home
A 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. ($30/10 pack, Steep’t)

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pint glasses with conversation starters on them
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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wine online marketplace
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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PS: These are editorially selected, but if you purchase, theSkimm may get something in return. PPS: If something’s out of stock, oops, it was there when we published (and all prices were accurate too). Thanks.

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