You’re enjoying your evening al fresco when, suddenly, you get the itch—and not the good kind. Mosquitos can ruin any outdoor gathering, as can the many unsexy ways—greasy sprays, violent zappers, overpowering citronella—we commonly use to keep them at bay. Ettiene Market’s Coryanne Ettiene suggests a more natural and appealing alternative: “Palo Santo oils and resin smell toxic to mosquitos, so they avoid it,” she says. Available in several forms in her brick-and-mortar stores and ecommerce site, Ettiene advises: “Toss the chips in to an outdoor fireplace, burn the incense in your potted plants for a hidden waft of Palo, or light the sticks in pretty trays surrounding your table to create a wall of protection from these flying pests.”
Home is Where the Happy Hour Is
Has the novelty of being your own mixologist in recent months worn off? Try these to-go cocktail options that make it easy to serve, sip, and repeat.
The People’s Last Stand This Mockingbird Station staple’s cocktail kits include all the tools and specialty ingredients you need (read: house-infused spirits and syrups) to master their otherwise difficult-to-replicate, heavily R&D-ed recipes at home.
Bowen House The customization component that an expert mixologist brings to the high-top can be sorely lacking from most DIY alternatives. Enter Bowen House’s bespoke-style cocktail kits, which are tailored to your preferences with custom add-ons and alternatives.
Grange Hall While you can order any of Grange Hall’s daily-changing menu items and cocktails for pick-up, we love their themed dinner-and-drinks to-go pairings for elevated date nights at home. Check Instagram for the latest offerings.