BV's SUMMER ESSENTIALS: MEN'S 2018 EDITION

As the seasons change, so do consumption habits. Summer is the season where we strip down, sometimes literally, everything to simplicity. We take off the jackets and boots, take down the calorie intake (keeping those Summer-bods clean and fit); move away from darker spirits, like whiskey, and replace them with lighter spirits, like gin (don’t forget the lime and tonic), and enjoy the feel-good vibes that Summer can bring along with its beaches, rooftops, and chic outings. 

When preparing for Summer, I think about 3 things: comfort, style, and good cocktails. You will always find me with a delicious refreshment in-hand because I love keeping the party going, but I like to do so while feeling cool, both in temperature, and style. Here are a few things to keep on your radar that will check all three of these boxes and will keep you living your best life this Summer.

Four Pillars Navy Strength Gin

Hold on tight, because you are going for a ride with this delicious gin that is bottled at 58.8% ABV. This Australian Gin is one of the best I’ve had - it is uniquely made with both traditional gin botanicals, and botanicals native to Australia, while finger limes, oranges, star anise, and turmeric make for a fragrant, citrus-forward gin that will get you buzzed after one Gin + Tonic. Speaking of…

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Photo: thebundle.com.au

Fevertree Tonic Water

I will keep this one plain and simple. There is no better tonic water to make your Gin + Tonics with than with Fevertree Tonic. It is made from all natural ingredients and quinine, making its sugar count significantly lower than many other tonics on the market. You can find this at your local Whole Foods - and pick up a lime while you’re at it.

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Photo: target.com

Billabong - Zenith Tank

Remember when I said I wanted to feel “cool”? These tanks have a sleek cut that is fit for both comfort and style. I always pick up a couple of these to wear on occasions where the attire is beach-casual, but I still want to keep my style, strong.

  Photo: Billabong.com

Photo: Billabong.com

Ray-Bans - New Wayfarers

Suns-out, Bans-out. These extremely affordable improvements on the classics are great to sport for almost any occasion, which is why I love them so much. The versatility that these sunglasses provide means that having them in your “back-pocket” (i.e. Car, backpack, pants pocket, etc.) will always be a power-move. You never know when these babies may come in handy, but you’ll be happy when they do.

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Photo: Ray-ban.com

Sperry's Authentic Original Boat Shoes

I find that people either love or hate boat shoes. When I initially purchased my first pair, it took me over a year to finally start wearing them consistently. Since then, I have never looked back. These are an essential part of my day-to-day during the Summer. They are easy to slip on - making them great shoes for the beach, but they are also nice enough to be worn out to dinner, at a bar, or basically anywhere. I've had mine for quite some time now and they only get comfier, and have more character, with age.

  Photo: Sperry.com

Photo: Sperry.com