Chowhound’s Editor at Large shares picks for drink of the summer. It’s like a song of the summer….only drinkable.
The summer heat has gone from pleasant to downright offensive and nothing is more satisfying right now than an ice-cold beverage (aside from air conditioning, of course). Or is it? We put 11 new and extremely different drinks to the ultimate taste test (thank you, interns!). From new beers to sparkling water, health shots, rosé, and even some hard kombucha, there is a sipper for every type of person and preference. Some were winners, others were definitely not. Scroll down and check out our new favorite summer drinks and those that let us down.
JuneShine is a new hard kombucha brand out of San Diego. The boozy booch comes in a few super fun flavors like blood orange mint, acai berry and my personal favorite, rosé. The founders of JuneShine aimed to make a perfect beach booze made from all good stuff with no chemicals and lucky for us it tastes really great, too. JuneShine has less of an intense a kombucha taste than other brands meaning you can drink more than one. And ooooh did I!
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If you’re suffering from seltzer fatigue but not looking to go whole hog soda, might we suggest New Wave Soda? A sparkling beverage lightly sweeteend and flavored with all-natural juices and waaaay fewer carbs, sugar, and calories than your average soda. The different flavors like tangerine blackberry and mango were met with different reactions from our team but the cucumber—which had a subtle pear and lemon sweetness—was a huge hit and only 15 calories per can.
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