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.