Slideshow: The Best Drinks We Drank in July

Root Beer Float at The Ice Cream Bar in San Francisco
Root Beer Float at The Ice Cream Bar in San Francisco
"The root beer float from The Ice Cream Bar in Cole Valley blew away all other drinks I had this month. The base is a sassafras elixir— made in house, it has a delightfully potent herbal quality with notes of liquorice. That big old ball of vanilla ice cream, also made in house, is super creamy and slowly melts to mingle with the root beer. And of course, as a total marshmallow freak, I fell in love with the homemade marshmallow garnish."——Carrie Vasios, Sweets Editor

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Pisco Punch at Bellocq, New Orleans
Pisco Punch at Bellocq, New Orleans
"I liked this pisco punch at Neal Bodenheimer, Kirk Estopinal, and Matthew Kohnke's Bellocq in New Orleans so much that, after first trying it at a photoshoot, I returned that same night to have another. It's made in the style of a milk punch; milk is heated with, sugar, pineapple syrup, the pisco, and lemon, which breaks the milk into curds. But once you strain out those curds is a smooth, rich-tasting (but not creamy), nearly clear concoction. It's got a faint nuttiness and a sharp bite of acid, but feels so silky on the tongue that it all balances out."—Carey Jones, Senior Managing Editor
Sun King Brewery Wee Muckle
Sun King Brewery Wee Muckle
"I've never been nuts about a Wee Heavy, so I was caught off guard when I cracked this one open during a brew day. The first sip was a wave of toffee and cocoa, followed by raisin and portlike dried fruit as the beer warmed. It wore its 9% ABV well and its balanced malt sweetness stayed out of cloying territory, which is one of my chief complaints about other strong Scotch ales I've tried. Wee Muckle was responsible for one the four gold medals Sun King took home at last year's GABF."—Jonathan Moxey, Beer Columnist

[Photograph: Chris Lehault]

Water
Water
"Most years I try to clean things up for a short stretch before my mid-August birthday. The first half of 2012 was particularly dirty, though, so this year's untox is longer than usual. As such, the best thing I drank in July was Cambridge tap water. Sometimes I treat myself to an ice cube, and on the weekends: lemon."——Will Gordon, Bottom Shelf columnist
The Southside at Tradition in San Francisco
The Southside at Tradition in San Francisco
"I got a bit of a preview of Tradition, the new bar from the Bourbon & Branch folks here in San Francisco, and the drink I couldn't stop thinking about was a simple one, a spin on the classic Southside, made with gin, lime, lemon, and mint. I told our photographer, Wes, that I could drink a pint of it, and he corrected me. 'No. A pitcher,' he said. Ian Scalzo was willing to share the recipe so we can all make our own Southsides at home. Get the recipe here »"—Maggie Hoffman, Drinks Editor

[Photograph: Wes Rowe]

Taro milk tea
Taro milk tea
"In the way that taro is my go-to ice cream flavor at Chinese ice cream shops, taro is my go-to flavor at bubble tea shops. I don't have a favorite bubble tea shop, but the last one I went to&—ever-expanding NYC-based chain Kung Fu Tea—made a satisfying taro milk tea ($3 small, $3.50 large) with green tea (black is also available), even if it tasted mostly like sweet, creamy, taro-flavored milk than anything tea-flavored."—Robyn Lee, AHT Editor
Black Ruby Tea
Black Ruby Tea
"A new friend recently gifted me some items from his personal tea stash, including this Black Ruby, which I've sort of fallen in love with. It has a light natural maltiness and cereal, fruity flavor, with a Scotchy-caramel thing going on in the finish, but it's not too sweet at all. I've been drinking it to settle my stomach—which has come in handy during my post-Singapore travel noodle coma."—Max Falkowitz, NY Editor

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

Pomegranate Juice in Israel
Pomegranate Juice in Israel
"Tart and juicy, this chilled glass of fresh pomegranate juice from Haj Kahil in Jaffa was the best, most lip-smackingly refreshing drink I had while traveling through Israel for a week."—Erin Zimmer, National Managing Editor
Blueberry Beer
Blueberry Beer
"My July pick goes to Newport Storm's Rhode Island Blueberry Beer, best enjoyed sitting on a dock listening to live music. A faintly fruity, friendly cup for both light and dark beer drinkers alike."——Jessica Leibowitz, video/photo