The Drinks Worth Stocking Up On Right Now

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La Colombe Cold Brew in glass with milk over ice
Credit: Photo: Paola + Murray; Food Styling: Maggie Ruggiero; Prop Styling: Carla Gonzalez-Hart

Which cold brew is worth waking up for? What seltzer has the smoothest bubbles? We spent months sipping and debating the merits of all sorts of beverages to narrow things down to these eight incredibly refreshing picks. 

It’s arguably the most ahhh-mazing category in this year’s list of Kitchn Essentials.

1 / 8

We love Kapé Philippine Coffee, a social venture working to deliver small-batch, unique coffee and support indigenous female workers and family farmers in the process. These unique beans boast bold flavors of cacao nibs and zesty fruit.

2 / 8
Cold Brew
La Colombe

We’re always reaching for a can of this silky, bold cold-brewed coffee. All you do is chill it and pop it open; the fresh roasting, overnight brewing, cold pressing, and double filtering is all done for us, leaving a lovely, smooth sip with an inherent sweetness.

3 / 8
Harney & Sons

We all deserve a little luxury, and this elegant tin of loose-leaf tea makes us feel just a little bit fancy. It boasts a lighter, lemony, Darjeeling-based version of Earl Grey, so it's approachable and smooth. Thanks to a hint of natural sweetness, the non-Earl Grey fans will love it too.

4 / 8

There are some drinks that instantly make us feel refreshed, and the Pink Lady Apple kombucha from Health-Ade is one of them. While the PLA will always be our favorite flavor, we also recommend the Passion Fruit-Tangerine, Watermelon, and Tropical Punch varieties from this woman-owned brand.

5 / 8
Infused Sparkling Water

There's no shortage of sparkling water options available; while they're overwhelmingly plentiful, they aren't all created equally. Our pick: The crisp, dry, flavors of fruit-infused Spindrift. Allow us to suggest the tart-yet-sweet combo of Raspberry Lime.

6 / 8

Vintage seltzer is simple and sippable. Studio Food Editor, Jessie YuChen, loves “its consistent quality, great mouthfeel, and very reasonable price tag.” She adds, “If I’m feeling fancy I’ll add a little lemon to it. But, mostly I just love how it doesn’t have anything added but the smooth bubbles.”

7 / 8

Some flavors instantly bring back memories, and lemonade is one of those nostalgic drinks that can transport you to another time. Sweet and tangy, this carton of goodness from Newman’s Own tastes like sunshine in a cup. Lemon oil dials up the zing, making this about as good as it gets on a searing summer day.

8 / 8
Hard Seltzer
Nectar Hard Seltzer

This brand of hard seltzer comes in four flavors — Asian Pear, Mandarin, Lychee, and Yuzu — and they are incredibly true to flavor. Fresh, clean, and bright, each one is a standout, which is why we recommend you snag the variety pack.