The Platinum Jubilee, the four-day weekend celebration to mark 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, kicked off on Thursday. You may have already scrolled through the photos of the official events, most notably these. But as Rachel P. Kreiter posits, the truest way to observe is to “enjoy the great British pastime of being sold some crap.”
In Britain, Kreiter reports, you can’t turn a corner without running into Jubilee biscuit tins and mugs (to put your tea in while eating said biscuits, of course). There are campy mugs and cutesy biscuits and tins that double as music boxes. Really, whatever your aesthetic, there is a commemorative something for you. Do click through for the full list, as well as to understand why tea and biscuits are the thing to buy in the first place.
The Get Out's Anywhere Rug, Biscuiteers Jubilee biscuits, and angostura bitters.
Tea is less a summer drink of choice stateside, but sodas are sure to stock fridges and coolers. Amy McCarthy has a guide to all the new and fancy options to consider, including the ones that aim to do more than quench thirst, like Recess and Culture Pop, and the stand-ins for cocktails, like Casamara Club and Hella Bitters & Soda.
Over on Punch, meanwhile, Brad Thomas Parsons lists 15 essential cocktail bitters and explains how to use them — from the ubiquitous and classic angostura bitters to newer bottles like Dale DeGroff’s Pimento Aromatic Bitters and the Japanese Bitters, founded by bartender Yuki Yamazaki and Japan’s first domestically produced bitters.
Did you know that office lunch chain Cava sells its Crazy Feta (a jalapeno-spiked feta dip) in stores like Whole Foods? I did not, until I read Dayna Evans’s recommendation to just bring dips to your next potluck.
Dips also make an excellent addition to picnics. If you’re in the market for a new picnic blanket, the Strategist has an updated list. They name this one from Scuddles as the best overall, but for a splurge, the Anywhere Rug from the Get Out seems pretty dreamy.
Finally, on Eater Atlanta, read about how Stuckey’s new CEO is planning a revival of the Southern roadside stores that hinges on the pecan and the Stuckey’s
pecan log roll, a nougat candy with maraschino cherries, dipped in caramel and then rolled in chopped pecans. For those not within driving distance of the remaining stores, Stuckey’s sells pecan log roll gift boxes, as well as other nuts and candy tins, on their website.
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