Drinks & Dining

3 Must-Have Summer Cooking Essentials

New York Smash Magazine  

We can’t wait for summer for obvious reasons — warm weather, finally! With sunshine and higher temperatures, it’s the best time of the year to dine outdoors. Whether you’re hosting a BBQ or just looking forward to grubbing out in your backyard, here are three must-have cooking essentials for outdoor use.

1. T-fal OptiGrill

T-fal OptiGrill

T-fal OptiGrill


This indoor and outdoor grill is perfect for year-round use because of its one-of-a-kind built-in sensors that let you know to what degree your food is cooked (rare, medium, well done). The OptiGrill is ideal for situations when grilling outside is not always an option due to space constraints or weather, so you have the ability to grill up your BBQ and summer favorites in the house or backyard.

T-fal OptiGrill: $179.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond

2. IMUSA Lava Rock Molcajete

IMUSA Lava Rock Molcajete

IMUSA Lava Rock Molcajete

IMUSA’s Molcajete mortar and pestle is large enough to grind up a party-size batch of guacamole, then mix and serve it in the same bowl – saving you time and energy! This decorative and festive piece will liven up your table presentation, while allowing you to make salsas and guacamole like a pro!

IMUSA Lava Rock Molcajete: $39.99 (reg. $59.99) at Macy’s

3. IMUSA Lemon & Lime Squeezer

IMUSA Lemon and Lime Squeezer

IMUSA Lemon & Lime Squeezer

Looking forward to whipping up freshly-squeezed drinks and cocktails this summer? These squeezers make extracting citrus juice a breeze, and the hand-held press has an ergonomic design for comfort.

IMUSA Lemon & Lime Squeezer: Lemon Squeezer, $4.19 at Amazon.com; Lime Squeezer available at Amazon.com for $8.49