When it comes to alcohol, cherries are summer’s “it” fruit. Grey Goose recently came out with its Cherry Noir vodka and now Paula Deen favorite, Southern Comfort, has jumped into the mix. SoCo’s Bold Black Cherry is being served at watering holes like The Local Craft Food & Drink in Coral Gables, Love Hate Lounge in South Beach, and Billys Too in North Miami. Sidle up to the bar and get a Squeeze, the name of the new flavored spirit’s red-hot cocktail, with helpings of SoCo, OJ, lemon lime soda and garnished with a — you betcha — cherry.
What is it with teething babies and keys? They sure love munching on your door openers. The makers of Kley Animals are well aware. Though hardly edible, these stainless steel toys are a nontoxic, ecofriendly alternative. Read: No sharp edges. Jessica Alba’s daughter Haven loves to play with her personalized set, and Martha Stewart says that if her granddaughter Jude is in her stroller, so are these suckers (literally). Choose from Eli the Elephant, Gus the Giraffe and Leo the Lion. $24 at www.kleynimals.com.
Dwight Howard stays chill under pressure with a little help — the Mission Enduracool Towel. Serena Williams was behind the creation of this cloth, which she and Howard both place on their hot zones during training and competition. It’s made from a proprietary performance fabric that works along with water or sweat and goes from 100 degrees to 59 in 60 seconds, the makers say. Until outdoor A/C is invented, this might be the next best thing. From $12.99, www.missionathletecare.com, Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Aventura designer Miriam Merenfeld makes the type of jewelry that anyone from a rapper like Snoop Dog to news anchor Ann Curry to actresses like Eva Longoria can wear. The Venezuelan transplant finds her inspiration in the arts, architecture and culture. Her designs combine symbolic messages and spirituality that can be customized to tell an individual’s story. www.MiriamMerenfeld.com
Maddy Marr & Annie Vazquez