Iced coffee is a great way to cool down in the heat of the summer, but if you'd tried making it, you know it's a little more complicated than brewing a normal pot and waiting on it to cool down. Grady's Cold Brew ($15) is an iced coffee concentrate that comes ready to mix with your choice of milk, cold water, and sugar, giving you eight cups of icy deliciousness from each bottle, no specialized brewing equipment required.
Your average Red Bull mixing shot maker it is not. Painstakingly handcrafted in small volumes, Absolut Elyx ($TBA) is a new super-premium vodka from the Swedish spirit maker, distilled in a vintage rectification still, with columns, pumps and hand-forged pipes all in copper, with additional copper packets which are used to purify the vodka, and made from the finest Råbelöf-sourced wheat and water from the company's own natural underground springs, resulting in a drink that's silky and smooth, with subtle floral and fruit flavors. Drink it neat, on the rocks, or use it to create great-tasting classic cocktails.
Prefer your home brews to be a little less alcoholic and a little more kid-friendly? This Root Beer Brewing Kit ($27) can get you on your way. It includes two packets of flavor crystals, one bottle of root beer mix, a packet of no-rinse cleanser, one packet of yeast, four plastic one-liter bottles, four bottle caps and gaskets, four labels — although we recommend making your own — one funnel, and one instruction guide. Vanilla ice cream for homemade floats is optional.
Made by the good folks at Heineken, Kalik ($8-$10/6-pack) is an amazing, award-winning Caribbean beer that's brewed only in Nassau. Up until recently, the only way you could enjoy this perfect-for-the-heat-of-summer brew was by visiting the Bahamas (we first indulged at Atlantis) and packing your suitcase full on your way back. If you can bear to pay the crazy prices and crazier shipping costs, you can now order it online. And if you're lucky, you might be able to talk your local liquor store into special ordering you some.
Long hailed for the quality of their craft beers, Sixpoint's offerings have, up until now, only been available in draft-only form to those lucky enough to live close to a bar where they were being served. But no longer. The full line of Sixpoint Craft Ales ($TBA) is now available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans — chosen due to their ability to maintain freshness and block out light — letting you enjoy The Crisp, Righteous Ale, Sweet Action, and Bengali Tiger where ever you want.