It’s that time of year again: The warm days of summer are behind us. Beach trips, backyard cookouts, and rooftop pool parties are making way for shorter days, grey skies, and chilly mornings. But don’t get too down about it just yet. What if endless summer could be more than just a 1960’s surf flick with a very trendy poster? Fall might be just around the bend, but summer is a feeling, and it’s here to stay.
Whether it’s sipping on The Original Margarita or sitting beneath a tropical palm tree (might we suggest both?), chill vibes are a state of mind. And with the right tips—like how to make the aforementioned marg like a pro (as well as a shiso coconut variation and sidecar)—you can keep them flowing all year round. So you can *finally* put away your flip-flops, pack up your inflatable kiddie pool, and take a look at these six things to help keep summer alive forever
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Drink Some Liquid Summer
While there are dozens of imitators, and more riffs and variations than you can count, nothing says summer quite like The Original Margarita. Even after 70 years, the classic combination of blanco tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau—the make or break ingredient in this OG version—remains one of the most popular cocktails in the country. It’s impossible to drink a margarita and not instantly feel the warm, tropical sun on your face. Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but it sure does the trick.
Keep the Fire Going
Let me let you in on a little secret. Grilling is not just a summer thing. Grilling can happen almost anywhere at almost anytime and can help maintain your summer vibes all year round. Especially when paired with an ice-cold margarita. Weber’s “Performer” series takes all the guesswork out of operating a charcoal grill, while packaging the whole thing in a sleek, slate-blue finish that will remind you of the ocean. Whip up some tacos al pastor to pair with your margarita and you’ll be thinking “fall who?”
Wear Your Beach Blanket. No, Seriously.
Remember your favorite beach blanket? The one you sat on all summer long, through windy mornings by the sea and crisp evenings by the bonfire? The one you definitely spilled a little BBQ sauce on that one time but still haven’t gotten around to washing? This one from Corridor is that blanket in jacket form, minus the stains. Light enough to wear anytime, and with a relaxed comfy fit, you’ll never want to take it off.
Make It Smell Like a Garden
You might be working from home (or is it living at work?), but not going anywhere is even more of an excuse to dial up the indoor ambiance. The tomato candle from New York–based Malin + Goetz has a fresh, verdant scent you’ll love year-round. (It doubles as a replacement to that garden you never actually started.) And if you’re a fan of the after-work cocktail (who isn’t?), we suggest a nice citrus and herby drink by candlelight.
Buy a Giant Palm Tree
Speaking of summer ambience, you should get a giant houseplant. It’s infinitely better than setting your Zoom background to a tropical island. A Chinese fan palm like this one can grow up to 8 feet tall, requires little attention, and can thrive in a dim room. Bloomscape even has a money-back guarantee if you kill your plant in less than 30 days. You have nothing to lose.
Put a Literal Sun on Your Nightstand
The last key component of keeping summer alive forever is putting a tiny version of the sun immediately next to your bed. This SmartSleep Wakeup Light from Phillips will play your favorite sounds or music in the morning, and gradually fill your room with warm, bright light, just like the real sun used to do.
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