Yes, summer is about enjoying longer days, pleasant hikes, and salty bodies of water. It can also be about finding reprieve from the damning heat, whether it be posted in front of your A/C unit, sitting under a particularly bushy tree with blankets of shade, or sipping on something thirst-quenching and refreshing. This is where this list of refreshing non-alcoholic beverages comes in. Don’t get me wrong: I love a frosty margarita or pitcher of fruit sangria in the summer, but alcohol doesn’t really lend itself to hydration. If you’re feeling an afternoon slump and want to sip on something bright and bubbly, or are looking for bottled elixirs to bring to your next outdoor picnic, try out one of these canned or bottled beverages instead. We’ve got leisure sodas, pressed juices, sparkling tea, and kombucha in the mix, so there’s something sippable for everyone.
Teakoe started out simply producing teas, but the Colorado-based manufacturers also make canned fizzy versions now, brewed from sustainably sourced tea leaves and the mountains’ snow melt. It’s lightly sweetened with raw honey and has just the right amount of caffeine -- between 55 to 130mg, depending on the flavor -- to replace your afternoon cup of coffee. The line also happens to come in fun flavors, like cayenne ginger and peach lavender, made with either black tea, green tea, or white tea. If you’re a tea enthusiast, this is a refreshing new option.
Price: $25 for a 12-pack.
By Kat Thompson