Beat the Heat

Cold drinks, cool no-cook seafood, and shady ways to chill.

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As the mercury rises, seeking ways to stay cool becomes paramount. The dog days of summer―from July to September―were named for Sirius, the dog star, which rises and sets with the sun. We could take lessons from our canine friends, who expertly seek shade, reduce effort, and find water when the sun climbs high in the sky. For us, avoiding meals that require a hot stove, sipping icy tropical drinks, and slipping into a comfortable chair in the shade are means to a cool end. Trips to the beach, with cooling winds and water to splash around in, are a must. To help you enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer, we've collected some cool recipes that beat the heat.

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