A good drink dispenser (see some favorites here) is helpful at summer cookouts — it keeps lemonade or boozy beverages cold and makes it easy for guests to serve themselves without the need to constantly refill smaller pitchers. But beverage dispensers often aren't cheap, and honestly, I don't have room for such a bulky thing in my kitchen. This is why this idea is so brilliant — make a drink keg out of a watermelon!
Last Fall Heath Ceramics released a Winter collection—etched ceramics in muted neutrals. (Which we loved.) Unsurprisingly, we're finding things to covet in their newly released Summer collection as well, which perfectly captures the heat and hue of the season.
The black Binchotan coal you see above is actually white charcoal made from Japanese oak heated in an oxygen-starved kiln until it turned to carbon. (These charcoal purifiers have been around for a few years.) Place one of these sticks in a jug of water and it will reportedly absorb chlorine and unpleasant tastes and odors while infusing your water with natural minerals.
Q: Members of my family are all avid tea drinkers, especially at breakfast. My mom likes to brew loose tea in a thermal carafe and bring it to the table for everyone. The trouble is, the loose tea keeps getting stuck in the pour holes and makes a mess.
Do you or your readers know of any thermal teapots that solve this problem?
Serving up juice with your breakfast? These are some terrific pitchers for doing so, whether you're entertaining or just having breakfast for two. They're all glass, as they keep drinks cooler longer, and one even has an ice reservoir to cool without diluting your fresh fruit juices:
It's starting to get a little warmer outside and there's nothing we love more than infused water or tea. We usually just throw in any fruit we want and just deal with the bits and pieces that inevitably accumulate in the bottom of our glasses, but we're pretty psyched to see that we don't have to anymore. Call us crazy, but this is the first fruit infused pitcher that we're ready to snatch up!
We love the style of this vintage carafe by Pyrex. It's a beautiful yet simple design: a glass vessel closed by a spherical cork on a leather strap. Keep your eyes peeled and you might be able to turn one up for yourself:
I have been complaining about my coffee carafe quite a bit lately. It has been kind of a pain to use, and then we got soap stuck in it seemingly forever. Well, this giant carafe is still in my household cupboard, but it's reserved for company dinners now. There's a new carafe on the table, and I love it.
I have a problem (another one!) with the thermal carafe I use every morning for my coffee. In an admirable effort to clean out the bitter, acrid taste of old coffee that tends to build up over time, my husband washed it last week with Mrs. Meyer's dish soap.
The problem? We cannot get the smell of the soap out of the carafe, and now it seeps into our coffee too! I am tired of drinking Mrs. Meyer's-flavored coffee — can anyone help?