Summery food, meet summery drinks.
Clam bar stars, smoked salmon and fried seafood find their affinity with sauvignon blanc. Try the balanced 2013 Domaine de la Perriere Sancerre ($25), which has a hint of lemon zest; and the 2012 La Petite Perriere Sauvignon Blanc ($13), a citrusy, forward bargain. Also well priced: the lively 2013 Los Vascos Sauvignon Blanc ($14).
Prosecco, the Italian sparkling wine, is celebratory and refreshing. Prosecco Altaneve ($29), a fruity and refined bubbly, is especially appealing as an aperitif or with appetizers such as cured meats and shellfish cocktails. A fine, off-dry choice: Mionetto Organic Prosecco DOC ($16), with tropical fruit notes.
Effervescent Angry Orchard The Muse ($15 to $18) is a hard cider to boost any picnic. The Muse is a bit sweet at first and follows up dry. The producer's Green Apple, Crisp Apple and Apple Ginger ciders ($8 to $10 six-packs) are satisfying, too.
Consider a tea-infused cocktail, or an iced-tea upgrade. Mighty Leaf Organic Earl Grey, for example, works in a vodka martini; Citrus Chamomile, with gin. Steep four pouches of the whole-leaf tea with the contents of a 750-ml bottle for two or three hours, then add a favorite juice or liqueur. Mighty Leaf's Calypso Mango, Ginger Peach, Marrakesh Mint and Organic African Nectar all yield excellent iced teas. A 15-pouch individual sampler is about $10. Pouches for a half-gallon of tea are $6.25.
And there's WTRMLN WTR: cold-pressed juice from watermelon. Healthy, tasty and no seeds. Serve the thirst-quencher chilled. A 12-ounce container is about $6.