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With summer in full swing, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate and plenty of ways to make those celebrations special and festive. Whether it’s rosé on a patio, a beach picnic or even your morning commute there are plenty of fun ways to take your summer routine to new heights.

Champagne Ice Cubes

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There’s nothing worse than a glass of warm champagne, right? Well, the only thing that might come close is a glass of watered down champagne, tasting distinctly of melted ice. Make these champagne ice cubes and all of your (first world, of course) problems will suddenly seem a lot smaller.

If you entertain for brunch (or bachelorette parties, bridal showers, baby showers and the like) these fizzy treats are the perfect way to up the ante on your morning mimosas, too.

Sparkling Wine in Tiny Cans

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The thing with Whole Foods is that you go in to get a salad and you leave $200 poorer, and sometimes the fallout includes a sale in the wine aisle. These compact cans of Italian sparkling wine are perfect for a picnic in the park or a fun day of poolside sipping.

Magic Juice Recipe

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Everyone needs a signature cocktail, and some of the best summer flavors are lemonade, cucumber and mint. Combine these, plus strawberries and an orange, top it all off with a splash of gin and you have a super refreshing — and super buzzy — summer punch.

Watermelon Ice Cubes

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If you like watermelon but you can never manage to finish an entire melon before it spoils, watermelon ice cubes are your easy solution. Frozen watermelon sounds super refreshing as it is, but I can’t wait to try popping frozen cubes into my flavored La Croix water.

Iced Coffee Popsicles

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Popsicles for dessert are nice, but how about for breakfast? Make these iced coffee popsicles and they’ll give you the boost you need to start your morning. I can’t start my day without caffeine, so I love iced coffee in the summertime — I just never thought about trying it in frozen form.

Negroni Slushies

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A traditional Negroni cocktail is stirred and served either “up” in a chilled coupe or on the rocks, but come summer, there’s a better way to sip: as a slushy.  This Frozen Blood Orange Negroni caught my eye and it’s definitely something I’m going to try next time I fire up the blender fora casual get together.

Rosé Gummy Bears

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Rosé gummy bears sound too amazing to really be a thing, right? At Sugarfina, known for its non-alcoholic cocktail-inspired gummy candies (think: champagne, spiced rum and cola and peach bellini) rosé infused gummy bears are very much a reality. The a New York-based luxury candy boutique is offering gummy candies infused with Whispering Angel Rosé. Choose between “Rosé All Day” bears and a rose-shaped option called “Yes Way Rosé” $8.50 for a 3.9 ounce box or $34 a pound.

Now for the “too good to be true” part? There’s a waiting list for the gummies, reportedly up to 400 customers deep. Email roseallday@sugarfina.com to reserve yours.

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