This summer America went goofy for piña coladas. The perfect poolside concoction, composed of silver rum, slushy coconut and pineapple, was created in Puerto Rico in 1954 at the Caribe Hilton by barman Ramon Marrero—during the same era that Trader Vic was pumping out his eponymous tiki cocktails and when the margarita first hit Southern California. Puerto Rico is known for its excellent baseball players; in the shaking of the first piña colada, Marrero hit a grand slam.
Fruity cocktails are clearly nothing new, but when the mercury rises, there’s nothing that beats a cold, fresh-tasting cocktail, whether it’s sweet, tangy or cooling. This Labor Day, why not celebrate the final sweet days of the season with a round of the best cocktails for late summer? (more…)
Drinking a glass of red Bordeaux in the thick of the summer may seem a tad bit counterintuitive. After all, a mouthful of brawny tannins and inky, densely concentrated fruit doesn’t exactly spell refreshing. When the weather starts inching towards 100 degrees, what you’re more likely to crave is something brisk and thirst-quenching like a glass of bone-dry Provencal rosé or a crisp Muscadet from the Loire Valley.
What if you’re a die-hard red wine drinker, you ask? Lucky for you, the wine market is teeming with an intriguing subset of red wines that fare wonderfully during the summer months, particularly when served with a slight chill. (more…)
The sweltering summertime heat beckons foods that are cooling, refreshing and uplifting. Think heirloom tomato gazpacho, citrusy ceviche, and cold, crisp watermelon. When it comes to choosing the right wines for summer, follow the same guidelines and reach for wines that are perky, vibrant and invigorating—they’ll raise your spirits and quench your thirst.
Read on to discover three categories of white wine that will keep you cool and happy all summer long. (more…)
Summer is the season of road trips, and it’s in full swing! Many of us look forward to the opportunity every year—spending time with friends and loved ones in close quarters, driving to exciting destinations around the country, and more often than not, fueling up at fast food joints or greasy diners along the way.
However, all that fast food (and fatty food) can leave you feeling weighed down, especially when you’re sitting in the car for long periods. For a truly successful road trip that leaves you feeling rejuvenated—as any good getaway should—here are some simple healthy eating tips to keep in mind. (more…)
Long days, warm nights and the sight of bare toes are all sure signs: summer has finally arrived! No matter how old we get, when the season gets into full swing, that summer-loving kid inside all of us comes out, bringing back memories of running barefoot in the grass, eating cherry tomatoes straight from the garden, drinking lemonade, and soaking up as much sun as possible. What better way to celebrate the season and spread childlike joy than by throwing a fabulous summer party?