Whether you take long walks or take up a racquet, summer is the time to be active. And, working up a sweat means working up a thirst. Sure, we recommend that you hydrate with some H₂0 or a sports drink, but when you’re having fun with friends, water satisfies only so much. Different strokes call for different drinks, so pick your game and get the (responsible) fun started.
Camping | Boxed or Tetra Pak Drinks
Why: Whether you favor wine or cocktails, the last thing you want to do is lug heavy bottles, even if car camping. A range of boxed products offer many choices, and don’t be wary of the nontraditional format—you can find some great juice in those alternate packages. Mason jars with handles and caddy, are ideal for easy transport on and off court.
Disc Golf | Wheat Beer
Why: Nothing goes better with ice-cold refreshment than hanging out with buddies on a grass course that features trees and somewhat hilly terrain. If this is your game, you’ll be working up a sweat, and more alcoholic IPAs will sit heavy. Opt for a supercold wheat beer for hitting the sweet spot. Burton Beeracuda is an insulated two-liter sleeve that you throw across your back for carting cans. It even has an external koozie.
Cycling | Rosé from Provence
Why: There’s something about cycling on the open road that makes us think of France—perhaps it’s that 23-day, 2,200-mile race they do over there. Even if you just ride around your city, a summer-savvy pink wine is a refreshing post-ride reward for being a pedal-pusher. Bicycle-mounted leather wine carrier.
Boating | Sparkling Wine
Why: Is there anything more refined than a day at sea in a boat with the sun glistening off the water? Whether you’re on a majestic yacht, a sleek sailboat or a center console, it’s all about bubbly. No matter if you sip Champagne, Cava, crémant or other sparklers, just go with the flow. Acrylic sippy cups are BPA-free and keep wine chilled. The colored lids help you find your drink after you’ve opened the sixth bottle.
Fishing | Cans of Session Lagers
Why: Fishing is about kicking back and not having a care in the world. This isn’t the time to be fussy. You want good, cold, cheap beer to crack open—maybe even shotgun—as you gently float downstream. A large mesh laundry bag can be used to capture the empty cans.
Tennis | Pimm’s Cups
Why: Wimbledon, the sport’s most historic and prestigious tournament, famously holds court over a fortnight each summer in England, which is also home of the Pimm’s Cup. Traditionally made with cucumber, it’s also often packed with strawberries, peaches and other fruit, which makes this refreshing, low-ABV cocktail an all-day sipper. Mason jars with handles and caddy, for easy transport on and off court.
Croquet | Gin and Tonic
Why: A backyard garden party is a great way to while away an afternoon. Croquet hails from the UK, and what cocktail typifies Merrie Olde England more than a gin and tonic? Or, get things rolling with lawn bowling—Italian (bocce) or French style (pétanque) for an internationally themed afternoon soirée. A set of Copa de Balon glasses, because you shouldn’t drink your gin and tonic any other way.
Hiking | Bottled Whiskey Cocktails
Why: Whether it’s a mountainside climb or a trailside trek, hiking can involve rugged routes. And when you feel tough, whiskey is a natural choice. Several well-made bottled cocktails have hit the market and are easy to transport. Or, simply fill a flask with your favorite Bourbon for easy sipping. A bota bag can hold one liter and easily slings over your back.