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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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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