Summertime opens up a host of new drinking venues from the pools and patios to beaches and boats. But not all those spaces are ideal for glass containers, bottles or fancy cocktail ware. Fortunately, we’re here help with our list of non-glass drinkware for your warm weather excursions.
Jim Sabataso is a writer, journalist, and bar director for The Palms Restaurant Group in Rutland, Vermont. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram and Twitter.
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Add some style to your day at the beach with Beach Glass' line of outdoor drinkware. Made from machine-washable BPA-free acrylic, the glasses are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic cups. The pointed stem design lets you set down your drink on uneven surfaces like sand, grass or snow without fear of spilling. They even float! The 12-oz. glasses come in a variety of styles and are priced from $9.99.
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Since 1946, Tervis has been making insulated drinkware and building a loyal fanbase along the way. The double-walled design uses air to keep hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold. Over the decades, the iconic tumblers have become the default accessory for tropical leisure life. Today, the Tervis line has expanded beyond its classic tumblers to include water bottles, wine glasses, sippy cups, and more, featuring a variety of themed artwork as well as logos of your favorite sports team. You can even customize items with family photos and logos. In addition to being dishwasher-safe, Tervis has been BPA-free since 2011. Best of all the drinkware comes with a lifetime guarantee.
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Yeti has burst onto the outdoor gear scene in a big way over the past few years. Setting out to build a better, more durable cooler for outdoor adventuring in 2006 — the coolers are billed as "bear proof" — Yeti uses extra thick walls filled with pressure-injected polyurethane foam to keep things as cold as possible. Yeti gear may cost a bit more — coolers range from $200 to $1,300 depending on size and style — but the results speak for themselves. More affordable is Yeti's line of stainless steel, hot/cold-insulated drinkware, including tumblers, water bottles, large-volume jugs and an ingenious cozy called the Colster ($25), which fits both cans and bottles. All drinkware is BPA-free, dishwasher-safe, and designed to prevent condensation.
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SiliPint drinkware offers the flexibility of carrying a pint in your back pocket. Literally. The pliant silicon design makes SiliPint sturdy enough to hold up to 16 oz. of liquid while remaining flexible enough to roll up and stash away for easy packing. The line features pints, stemless wine glasses, tumblers, and even dog bowls. Colors and designs vary widely; you even have the option to customize drinkware with logos, branded color-matching, and personal messages. All SiliPint drinkware is made from an FDA-approved, 100% food-grade silicone, which is BPA free, as well as microwave, dishwasher, and freezer safe. Pints are priced as low as $6.
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A quick search of Google will yield a bevy of options for keeping your cocktails afloat while you're soaking in your favorite water hole. You can find a lot of fun, inexpensive floaties specifically designed to keep cups, glasses and even cooler buoyant all day long. And that's important when you're drinking in a pool.