The Most Refreshing Iced Drinks to Cool Down With During the Summer, Ranked

The Most Refreshing Iced Drinks to Cool Down With During the Summer, Ranked

You know you need them.

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I know what you've all been thinking: "Emily, it's been far too long since you've written an article obnoxiously ranking things that we genuinely didn't and still don't care about. Have you forgotten your roots?" To which I say: never. I will never not be giving my fully biased and unsolicited opinion on any and everything.

This week's topic of discussion: drinks. Not the "it's only alcoholism until you graduate" drinks, so simmer down. I'm going to rank the best drinks to grab when you can feel the sweat running down your back and your face turning 50 Shades of Tomato. Yes, that's right: ice cold, condensation on the cup, refreshing summer drinks. Not to be dramatic, but iced drinks in the summer are like salvation in a cup.

Writing this article with absolutely no regard for how any of you feel on the topic truly feels like coming home after 30 years at sea. Here is my list of the most refreshing iced drinks to cool down with during the summer.

Lemonade

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DO NOT try to tell me that you would not want a glass of lemonade beside you as you sit outside in the summer. Or "Lemonade" playing as you sip it. There is no situation in which lemonade is not the answer, that is just a fact.

Arnold Palmer

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I don't know where you grew up, but Arnold Palmer was everyone's drink of choice throughout middle into high school. There will never be a time when an ice cold Arnold Palmer isn't undesirable because rooted in such wholesome summer memories. I mean, just look at how inviting this wax statue of Arnold himself is!

It's actually kind of creepy. Avert your eyes from the wax sculpture and go grab an Arnold Palmer drink instead.

Iced Tea

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...or as it's called in the South, Sweet Tea. If you're drinking unsweetened iced tea and not mixing it with lemonade to make Arnold Palmer, You're living your life entirely wrong. I'm sorry to break it to you but it's true.

Soda (Literally Any Soda)

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I love my parents. I love how I was raised. I love that I was taught the importance moderation in my diet because that gave me soda. Please don't preach your crunchy granola "soda is bad for you" speil: soda is the best and a nice Diet Coke with a cheeseburger fresh off the backyard grill is the best.

Iced Coffee

Before you show up with torches and pitchforks outside of my house, hear me out on this: I am an iced coffee fiend. I'm talking 1-3 cups a day. But there's nothing truly refreshing about iced coffee, aside from the knowledge that you won't have a withdrawal headache today.

I am fully Team Iced Coffee and always will be. But I stand firmly by its position on this list.

Shirley Temple

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Fair: I haven't had a Shirley Temple since I was 11, but I have used grenadine since then and that stuff is unreal. Don't tell me you don't wish it was socially acceptable for adults to drink childish drinks like Shirley Temples that are just über-sweet and fun? #bringitback

But yeah, everything else is a lot better so it's still down here.

Water

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If you try to tell me that water is your favorite drink out of everything on this list, I ask you: have you not lived? Have you never frolicked, nay, walked out in the sun? Water is that thing you drink after a workout or when your lips start to chap because you're "probably dehydrated." Water isn't your first choice in the summer, it's an obligation.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:” Line Matters,

I want to start off by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can’t afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you’re just lazy and you “don’t feel like it”? Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you’re unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the US Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck.” stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:” line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can’t seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to ten people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!”

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the seventeen other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there’s a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 dollar bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of ten times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession - whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food, and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a forty dollar bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes - as if you’re better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you’ll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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6 Times It’s Actually OK To Be Rude To Retail Workers

It might surprise you.

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As a retail worker myself, I know firsthand that customers aren't always the kindest to the employees trying to help them out.

I've seen customers snapping at workers, getting angry when things don't go their way, and leaving huge messes around the store that employees have to clean up. Retail employees have to work hard on their feet for very little pay, and they deserve to be treated with kindness for the work they put in.

Here are 6 times that it's OK to treat retail employees with anything less than respect.

1. Never

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Retail employees are trying their best to help you out – customer service is the main part of their jobs, and they really do make an effort to help customers find what they're looking for, even when they ask for something unreasonable. Snapping at employees isn't going to speed up the process.

2. Never

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Contrary to popular (and bewilderingly misguided) belief, retail employees have very little control over the contents of the store. If the shirt you wanted to buy isn't in stock in your size, it's not the employee's fault. I repeat: it's not the employee's fault! They're just the bearer of bad news and can't fix the situation for you.

3. Never

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Retail employees do have to keep the store clean, but that doesn't mean that customers should feel free to make a mess. When you leave trash in the store and a tangled heap of clothing in the fitting room, they're the ones who have to clean up after you.

Also, when you tear up a display looking for your size, someone has to refold and reorganized all of those clothes, and can you guess who that has to be?

4. Never

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Many retail employees have to work terrible hours, what with overnight shifts and having to open the store early in the morning or close it down late at night. Most of them are exhausted and are doing the best work they can on that amount of sleep.

5. Never

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Keep in mind that yelling at a retail employee when you get frustrated does count as verbal abuse, and it is never acceptable. This makes a huge impact on retail employee's days (as one would expect being yelled at by a stranger might entail).

6. Never

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Even if you're feeling frustrated about something, please stop for a moment and continue to treat the employees trying to help you like they're human beings. No one deserves to be mistreated at work.

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