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. Take your pick — Kalik (5% alcohol per volume) and extra-strength Kalik Gold (7%).