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Perfect drink pairings for exciting summer destinations

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

Match your activity with the ideal beverage

Refresh and rehydrate! Celebrate summer with thirst-quenching drinks.
Match your activity with the ideal beverage

Active summer days call for great pairings -- recreation and refreshment! Wherever you're headed on these sultry summer days and nights, find the beverage with perfect flavor to quench your thirst and cool you down while enjoying all the fun!

Camp grounds

Hitting a camp ground this year? Summer activities in the great outdoors include hiking and biking, camping and canoeing, water sports and a variety of strenuous activities that require you to stay hydrated and replace the liquids that you sweat out of your body. Water is always a smart choice, so drink plenty and drink it often. By the time you feel thirsty your body is already dehydrating and you could be at risk for heat-related illneess. After strenuous activity, replace lost liquids with a sports drink. These beverages are formulated to replace electrolytes and restore hydration and balance to your system while quenching thirst.

Local parks

Picnics at your local park mean lemonade, iced tea and chilled wine. Keep your beverages iced down to serve cold, and if possible make the lemonade and tea slightly stronger so ice won't dilute the flavors. Try a fruit blend in either -- the addition of fresh berries or fruit syrup adds a sweet twist to these summer staples. Keep drinks in an insulated cooler well-packed with ice and bottles of water that have been frozen overnight. As the bottles thaw you'll have an extra bonus: plenty of cold water to sip.

Romantic beaches

As you watch the sun set over the ocean as you sit hand-in-hand with your love, a dry or fruity white wine is the perfect summertime pairing. Serve with a crusty baguette, a slab of cheese and some glossy red grapes, for a simple and sumptuous meal that's ideal for romantic evening.

Kid-friendly amusements

Keep kids energized for exciting outdoor destinations -- the water park, zoo, a summer concert or a parade -- with fruit juice drinks that are rich in vitamins and nutrients. To control sugar, take advantage of the seasonal fresh produce and make your own blends of fruit and vegetable juices.

Match your activity with the ideal beverageRoad trips

Taking off on a road trip? You've got to stay awake at the wheel to keep your eyes peeled for unexpected sightseeing opportunities. While we welcome our morning cup of coffee for its rich aroma and ritual, sometimes a hot beverage in the car just isn't ideal. To get the same burst of energy in a cooler package, try an iced coffee or the new Starbucks Refreshers. With delicious ingredients like whole blackberries, fruit juices and lime slices expertly blended with green coffee extract, this low-calorie drink delivers a thirst-quenching boost of energy.

Adult entertainment

Headed to or hosting a party? Gather with friends at the lake, the beach, by the pool, in a mountain hideaway or just your own back yard, and slurp up the taste of summer with classic Sangria. Just mix two bottles of chilled Chablis with 3 ounces curacao, 1 ounce kirsch, a couple of ounces of fresh lemon or lime juice, one liter of club soda and thin slices of a fresh orange. Perfect for toasting friends and summer!

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