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5 great examples of this refreshing summer beer

It's refreshing and tinged with a hint of hops — sometimes more than you might expect, depending on the brewer — and given to subtle citrus flavors.

I've mentioned Kölsch before, but you might not know the whole story. The style, something between a lager and an ale, originated in Köln, Germany, where it was first brewed in about 1906. The beer never really saw much popularity until about 1980, when consumption of this brew peaked. It became a contender in the German beer market and got so big that the government created the Kölsch convention in 1986, which stated that only breweries within Köln could produce the beer and call it Kölsch. But that really hasn't kept American craft brewers from adopting this style of beer.

This is a pretty mild brew and as such it's actually very difficult to make. Without big flavors, you can't easily hide flaws. But the mildness is also what makes it a perfect summer beer. It's refreshing and tinged with a hint of hops — sometimes more than you might expect, depending on the brewer — and given to subtle citrus flavors. While it's taken some time to catch on, you can find several fabulous Kölsch-style brews domestically. Which ones should you drink this summer? I have a few recommendations...

Click here for five Kölsch recommendations.

— Clare Goggin Sivits, Snooth

20 Chilled Soup Recipes to Help You Cool Off

Here’s something you probably already know: When it’s freezing outside we want to warm up, and when it’s incredibly hot we want to cool off. And since we’ve already covered wintery soups with some slurp-worthy recipes, plus warmer days are on their way, it seems about right for us to help you out with some of the chilled variety. If you haven’t had cold soup before, let us promise you that the hot stuff is quite delicious when served chilled. We’ve got 20 fantastic recipes to show you how to experience some straight from your own kitchen.

1. Chilled Fennel Soup With Buttered Walnuts: Fennel is one of those things that everyone forgets exists outside of restaurant salads. We’re bringing around some fennel awareness with this soup, topped with buttered walnuts. After one slurp of this, you won’t ever forget about fennel again. (via Framed Cooks)

2. Peach + Tomato Gazpacho: Tomato with fruit? It’s like a V8 in soup version. (via What’s Cooking Good Looking)

3. Mix + Match Melon Soup: Melons are the superstars of summer fruit, as depicted by this beautiful mix-and-match soup above. Check out how great cold soups look in beverage glasses. So good. (via The Nutrition Professor)

4. Apple, Carrot and Ginger Soup With Cashew Dukkah: Apples, carrots and ginger are basically the best combination of everything healthy. They go together in drinks, salads and now, a fancy soup. If you’re not sure what dukkah is, we looked it up for you: It’s an Egyptian blend of nuts and seeds, but that’s irrelevant at this point. You’re already sold on the idea that you just gotta try it. (via A Tale of Two Bougies)

5. Cold Asparagus Soup: Soups like this one are excellent for a post-workout snack because they’re both nutritious and light. This one in particular is a lean, mean, green machine. (via Vanilla and Spice)

7. Buttermilk Fennel Vichyssoise: Vichyssoise (pronounced vish-ee-swaaz) is traditionally a thick soup made up of a blend of leeks, onions, potatoes and cream. This one also features fennel, because why not. That fennel awareness movement is up and running, folks. (via Food52)

8. Zucchini + Mint Gazpacho: It’s the green edition of gazpacho, topped off with a nice radish cucumber salsa. Refreshing. (via Glass Jar Soup Co.)

9. Chilled Beet Soup: Get your napkins ready, everyone. Beets might stain your clothes, but for something this tasty, we’re willing to risk it. (via The View from Great Island)

10. Cold Curried Carrot Soup: This curried carrot soup has the perfect amount of spice — not too much and not too little — definitely Goldilocks-approved. (via Return to Sunday Supper)

11. Watermelon Gazpacho: Please serve this gazpacho-in-a-glass at every single party you have all spring and summer long. And then invite us to every single party you have all spring and summer long. (via Green Kitchen Stories)

12. Chilled Cucumber Avocado Soup: Avocado is always the name of the game. You can never go wrong with nature’s buttery superfood! (via Pickles and Honey)

13. Chilled Tomato and Stone Fruit Soup: Stone fruits are hardly the pits (har, har). Peaches and cherries along with tomatoes come together to make up this delightful little soup. (via Bon Appétit)

14. Zucchini + Sweet Potato Vichyssoise: Vichyssoise, we meet again. This time, with some zucchini and sweet potato added in. Life is good. (via The Simple Veganista)

15. Chilled Minted Sweet Pea Soup: Make this sweet pea soup for your very own sweet pea and he or she will love you forever and ever. (via Betty Crocker)

16. Chilled Coconut Cucumber Avocado Soup: Listen up, kids. Coconut is a magical ingredient. Add it into anything, and your dish automatically becomes better. (via Bite. Eat. Repeat.)

17. Chilled Blueberry Soup: We just had to include a fully sweet dish on this list, or you’d all be disappointed. We wouldn’t do that to ya. (via Megan Peck Cooks)

18. Cold Grilled Vegetable Soup: Since your grill is probably extremely active right now, why not use it to make a chilled soup? (via The Healthy Foodie)

19. Chilled Corn Soup: Corn is the staple of any Midwestern celebration during the dog days. There are about a million ways to be creative with the glorious golden grain, and here’s #1,000,001. (via Sunday Suppers)

20. Cold Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup: And finally, a soup featuring the gosh darn awesome red pepper. It’s bright, tasty and perfect for everyone. (via Holland America Line)

Which chilled soup is the coolest to you? Tell us in the comments below!

How To Make A Dirty Coke Drink

Ingredients needed for a Dirty Coke

  • 12 oz Coca-Cola
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Syrup
  • 1/2 Lime
  • 2 tbsp Half & Half or Heavy Cream

If you can&rsquot find Coconut Syrup you can make your own using the recipe provided here. You can also find it at HomeGoods or order online here.

Coconut Syrup: 1 cup sugar + 1 cup water + 2 tsp Coconut Flavor

  1. Add 1 cup water and 1 cup of sugar to a pan and bring to a boil stirring occasionally.
  2. Allow the water and sugar mixture to boil for 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and add coconut flavor.
  4. Allow cooling.
  5. Cut the lime into quarter lime wedges.
  6. In a large glass (approx 24 oz) fill halfway with ice. Add coconut syrup and squeeze 2 lime wedges over ice.
  7. Toss the squeezed limes into the glass. Add Coke.
  8. Add 1-2 tablespoons of half & half or cream and serve.

Note that lime juice will tend to try and curdle the cream.

Side note: If you want to make this drink even dirtier, add some 1-2 ounces of rum.

Have you tried a Dirty Coke before? Leave a comment and let me know!

Fizzy Citrus + Rosemary

Now here’s a recipe we can really get on board with. The rosemary citrus is bound to be a winner but we’re excited about the addition of sparkling water. Sparkling lemon/lime will take this drink to the next level and we can’t wait to make a whole batch for ourselves.


  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 4 springs of fresh rosemary
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cans sparkling water (lemon and lime)

Cool Off with These 10 Frozen Cocktail Recipes

There are few things I know with absolute certainty. The fact that I will surely have melted into a puddle of my former self by the end of this week? That is one of those things. The heat and humidity has been stifling much of the last two weeks, but today Mother Nature decided to take up a few notches. It was pushing 90 by the time I had coffee this morning and, friends, in a land where most people do not have central a/c at home, the 90s are just too much for our little Upstate New York hearts. Unless, you&rsquore on a boat. Or, unless you&rsquore sipping something icy cold. So, today, I&rsquom here to help everyone cool off with 10 seriously amazing frozen cocktail recipes. Prefer a virgin drink? Just skip the booze! All of these would be equally delicious as a mocktail. Good luck not melting. Cheers!

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Tuesday 19th of July 2016

So you can make me one (or three) of those gin and juice slushies anytime you want, yummy!

Wednesday 20th of July 2016

Hahaha You've got it, Meg! xo

Pinned and making some this weekend!

Saturday 16th of July 2016

How beautiful summer cocktail. My wife works today. I will surprise her with a cocktail when she come back home :)

Oh my! These cocktails look amazing! That's what I'm going to make me tomorrow - one (or 2, or more. ) of these lovely cocktails :)

Two or more is totally fair game, Laura! -)

Thursday 14th of July 2016

Can I get one of each please?! What a great roundup!

Thursday 14th of July 2016

Yes you may! -) Thanks, friend! xoxo

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Founded in 2008 by editor and cocktail shaker in residence, Cyd Converse, The Sweetest Occasion is a food and lifestyle blog featuring easy party recipes, entertaining tips, party ideas, festive cocktails and more!

Easy dinner recipes: Cool off with great gazpacho ideas for Gluten-free Wednesday

Gluten-free gazpacho? Sure, classic gazpacho is built around soaked bread, but you won’t miss it with these rich takes on the refreshing cold soup. From spicy cucumber to Thomas Keller’s refreshing vegetable, to a reader favorite from Urth Cafe, these no-cook soups will keep your kitchen cool and your dinner guests refreshed.

Urth Cafe’s gazpacho: Fresh tomato, cucumber, onion and bell pepper form the base of this soup, brightened with a touch of red wine vinegar and lemon juice and spiced with cayenne pepper and hot sauce. The dish itself comes together in only 30 minutes, then simply chill before serving.

Spicy cucumber gazpacho: This cool, vibrant green gazpacho from Esperanza An Auberge Resort at Cabo San Lucas packs flavor with refreshing cucumber, creamy yogurt, fresh lime juice, mint and cilantro, along with a nice jolt of heat from Thai chile pasta and jalapeno. The soup comes together in only 20 minutes.

Thomas Keller’s gazpacho: This gazpacho from Thomas Keller, featured as part of a master class on soups, is a perfect way to beat the heat. And it’s substantial enough to be a meal on its own. The soup itself comes together in less than 30 minutes. The recipe calls for chilling it overnight before blending and serving this helps the flavors to develop and marry, though I’ve made the morning of, and also shortly before serving (chill over an ice bath, and leave a little thyme in while blending) and found the flavors still incredibly bright and refreshing. You can find the recipe below.


Total time: 20 minutes, plus overnight refrigeration time | Makes about 1 1/2 quarts soup

1 cup chopped red onions
1 cup chopped green bell pepper
1 cup chopped English cucumber
1 cup peeled and chopped tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
3 cups tomato juice
Sprig of thyme

In a large bowl, mix together the red onions, green bell pepper, English cucumber, tomatoes, garlic, salt, cayenne, tomato paste, white wine vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, tomato juice and thyme. Cover and refrigerate overnight. The next day, remove the thyme and blend the soup in a blender until it is smooth you will have about 1 1/2 quarts of soup. For a smoother texture, strain the soup this will yield slightly less than 1 quart.

Each of 6 servings: 175 calories 2 grams protein 13 grams carbohydrates 2 grams fiber 14 grams fat 2 grams saturated fat 0 cholesterol 9 grams sugar 618 mg sodium.

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13 DIY Face & Body Spray Recipes

1. Cucumber & Green Tea Body Spray

Stay cool and repair your skin at the same time with an easy to make cucumber and green tea body mist.

2. Crystal-Infused Face Oil Mist

Make your crystal beauty water and use that to wash your face or include that water to create energetic serums and lotions the same way you would with water.

3. A Simple DIY Body Spray that Banishes Bacne

How to make an acne body spray with exfoliating ingredients like apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. Just spritz it on hard-to-reach areas to banish bacne.

4. DIY Green Tea Cooling Mist

Green tea especially is full of antioxidants and soothes irritated skin, making it the perfect ingredient for a DIY mist.

5. Hibiscus Vitamin C Toner Mist

Easy to make, inexpensive and highly effective at strengthening the skin’s defenses against aging.

6. Lavender Lemonade Body Spray

Five simple ingredients make a soothing DIY body spray–the perfect pick-me-up for a hot summer day!

7. Homemade Jasmine Aloe Perfume Body Spray

Stay cool with a light, moisturizing perfume body spray that has an intoxicating jasmine scent. Aloe and glycerin add a light moisturizing texture.

8. Green Tea Sea Salt Body Spray

Not only does salt water make your hair look awesome, but it can also firm your skin. You know how a day at the beach leaves your skin feeling tight? This spray is a version of the same thing – the appearance of wrinkles, pores and cellulite is reduced, but your skin won’t feel dry and parched. This is especially great for oily and acne prone skin.

9. Beauty sleep body spray

Spritz the soles of the feet, the back of the neck and your pillow with this beauty sleep spray, and think about relaxing the body. Make sure the room is completely dark and sleep well!

10. Vanilla Clove DIY Body Oil Spray

Homemade body oil spray is easy with a simple at home recipe. Vanilla and cloves make this body oil spray recipe a man magnet!

11. Stress-Relieving Magnesium Body Spray

Use water and Epsom salts to make this calming magnesium oil spray that helps reduce stress and anxiety, encourages good sleep, and soothes sore muscles.

12. Makeup Setting Spray

This DIY makeup setting spray will help your makeup blend and stay fresh looking all day long, plus it’s soothing and nourishing for dry skin.

13. DIY Razor Burn Spray

Ugh, razor burn is the worst! Calm your skin with natural ingredients like aloe, chamomile, lavender, and tea tree oil.

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A little sweet, a little tart, a little bubbly, a lot refreshing. Enjoy this agua fresca recipe wherever your summer fun takes you. And feel free to extend the invitation our way you sound like a good time.

8 Smart Ways to Keep Cool in the Kitchen This Summer

Summer can really turn up the heat in your kitchen here’s how how to keep cool with summer recipes and smart cooking tips for when it’s just too hot.

While a warm and cozy kitchen feels nice in the winter, it can be stifling when temperatures ramp up in the summer. Using large appliances, such as your oven or stove, can make your kitchen too hot to handle. The heat can even spread to other areas of your home and make your air conditioning work overtime.

But you don’t have to choose between cooking and staying cool this summer. Try these strategies for keeping yourself well fed without wilting.

1. Stay Hydrated

Hydration is the number one rule for any summer activity, and cooking is no exception—even if you’re indoors. If you’re working in the kitchen, always have a glass of water with ice ready to drink from as you go. Want to punch it up a bit? Try water infusions for more flavor and refreshment. Planning to sweat? Add sea salt and lemon to boost electrolytes and flavor.

2. Don’t Cook

Don’t want to heat up your kitchen? Don’t cook. But that doesn’t mean you can’t eat. Focus on no-cook, fresh foods, such as summer salads, ceviche, and cold noodles. Even slicing up fresh fruit or vegetables like cucumbers and melons can be a refreshing and healthy summer treat. And no-cook foods help beat the heat in two ways: by not heating up your kitchen or your body as you consume them.

3. Cook Outside

Take the heat out of the kitchen by cooking outdoors this summer. BBQ grilled chicken or steaks are classics for the grill, but don’t forget you can grill summer favorites like corn on the cob or watermelon, too. You might be hot while you’re outside using a grill or smoker to heat foods, but your kitchen can stay cool.

See more ways to use your grill:

4. Use Small Appliances

Minimizing oven and stove use can help you avoid heating up your kitchen. Small appliances can cook your food just as well while emitting less heat than large appliances. Think: toaster oven instead of your wall oven, or a panini press instead of the stovetop. You’d be surprised how versatile small appliances can be. Your slow cooker and Instant Pot aren’t just for winter soups and stews, either. Think of summer recipes you can achieve on your countertop, like Instant Pot pork carnitas. And don’t turn your nose up at your microwave, which can help you zap rice, quinoa, vegetables, and more while generating practically no heat.

Check out these recipe collections for more ideas:

5. Batch Cook

If you’re going to heat up your kitchen, make it worth it. When you use your oven or stovetop, make larger quantities than normal. That way, you can use pre-cooked leftovers, which means you have food ready to go without heating up your kitchen again. For example, if you roast a chicken in your oven, you can use leftovers to make tacos, chicken salad, nachos, and other meals that don’t require firing up your oven again.

6. Cook When It’s Cool

Cooking in your kitchen when it’s already hot outside (and maybe already hot in your home) means you’ll only add to the heat. Plan ahead and strategize your cooking times for when it’s not as hot. The best time to cook to avoid the heat is in the morning or later in the evening. That might sound easier said than done, but you could bake bread in the morning, or cook proteins or pastas with breakfast so they’ll be ready to go for dinner.

7. Use Fans

Air flow can help cool down your kitchen. If you’re using your stove, turn on the range hood vent. It’s there to remove not just grease, fumes, and odors, but smoke, heat, and steam that could get trapped and heat up your kitchen while you’re cooking. Plus, you can keep a fan on in the kitchen to move air around and cool it down. You can also position your fan to move hot air out, or bring cold air in with a cool, wet towel.

Battery Operated Kitchen Fan with Suction Cup, $19.99 from Amazon

Keep your cool even in the smallest spaces.

8. Limit Lighting

Sunlight and even artificial interior light can generate heat, and when you’re in the heat of summer, every degree counts. Dim the lights, shut curtains, close your blinds, and limit how many lights you turn on. You don’t need to work in the dark, but be wary of turning on lots of overhead lights.

Cool Off with Boozy Ice Cream and Milkshakes

Because you’re never too old to enjoy an ice cream sundae or a frosty milkshake, here are nine restaurants, dessert shops and ice cream parlors around the country that serve up adult twists on childhood favorites. From Guinness-and-Port-spiked ice cream sodas to rosé-infused scoops, we’ll all scream for ice cream all summer long.

Ice cream float with sparkling rosé and Cognac at Addison / Photo by Danielle Adams

Addison, San Diego

If your taste runs to ice cream floats in a fancy setting, look to the restaurant inside the Fairmont Grand Del Mar hotel. At Addison, Beverage & Wine Director Rafael Sanchez and head bartender Ian Ward make a point of including an elegant-but-boozy float when they change the menu each season. The current ice-cream float, called Å La Crème Glacée features sparkling rosé, Cognac, toasted coconut syrup and house-made strawberry ice cream.

Boozy Milkshake at Bub City / Photo by Anjali Pinto

Bub City, Rosemont, IL

On the outskirts of Chicago, this barbecue spot encourages visitors to spike their milkshakes. Try the Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana (chocolate ganache, banana, chocolate rim) with a shot of rum, or the Cookies n’ Cream (cream cheese frosting and Oreo cookie rim) dosed with Bourbon.

Hot Cakes, Seattle

Best known for molten chocolate cakes in mason jars, drinks are also part of the line-up at this Seattle dessert shop. Boozy milkshakes of your dreams include The Drunken Sailor (peanut butter, caramel, whiskey) and Laphroaig & Smoked Chocolate made with chocolate that’s cold smoked in-house using a specialized technique. Can’t get to Seattle? Hot Cakes lets you order their signature Old Overholt-spiked rye whiskey caramel online.

Ice Cream Bar Soda Fountain in San Fransisco / Photo by Paul Dyer

The Ice Cream Bar Soda Fountain, San Francisco

Here, soda jerks working behind an Art Deco lunch counter serve up boozy “Remedies” from the soda fountain, including The Dublin Honey (Guinness stout, caramelized-honey ice cream, Valrhona chocolate syrup and a float of 10-year tawny Port) and Fortunato’s Reviver (amontillado Sherry, Carpano Antica, black walnuts and vanilla ice cream).

Boozy Ice Cream Trio at Jackrabbit in Portland, OR / Photo courtesy Jackrabbit

Jackrabbit, Portland, OR

This restaurant from chef Chris Cosentino has a summertime special called the Boozy Ice Cream Trio. On the list this season? Smoked Whiskey S’mores (smoked dark chocolate ice cream, smoked whiskey and toasted marshmallow swirl), the Drugstore Cowboy (ice cream with Chivas Regal blended Scotch, honey and sangria) and the Mojito (rum ice cream with lime and fresh mint).

Sonoma Rosé Ice Cream at Smitten / Photo courtesy Smitten

Smitten Ice Cream, San Francisco Smorgasburg, Los Angeles

Head to the Mission outpost of this Bay area chain of ice cream shops for a scoop of Sonoma Rosé. This limited-edition, wine-infused ice cream is made by Smitten with Scribe Winery’s Una Lou Rosé, in collaboration with Big Night Restaurant Group’s pastry queen Emily Luchetti. (The flavor also will be on the dessert menu of BNRG’s newly-opened Petit Marlowe.) In advance of the opening of an upcoming outpost in Los Angeles’s Silver Lake neighborhood, Sonoma Rosé also will be available at Smorgasburg Los Angeles through Labor Day.

A boozy flight at Tipsy Scoop in Manhattan / Photo courtesy Tipsy Scoop

Tipsy Scoop, New York City

The online purveyor of liquor-infused ice cream has a new storefront in Manhattan’s Murray Hill neighborhood, where you can stop by on sultry afternoons to order classic scoops like Dark Chocolate Whiskey Salted Caramel and Strawberry White Sangria Sorbet, or a limited-edition Aperol Spritz ice cream sandwich.

Watch the video: Kölsch. Tomorrowland Belgium 2018 (June 2022).