If you engage in alfresco summertime drinking, you’ve probably had the unfortunate experience of finding gnats, flies or mosquitos in your drink—usually just as your lips touch the glass. The six-legged pests love sugary, fruity drinks as much as we do, and finding one (or three) in your cocktail can really put a damper on your outdoor shindig. Sure, they might be harmless, but they’re gross nonetheless. Luckily, there are a few super-simple hacks for keeping these pesky critters out of your Margaritas, Mimosas and Highballs this summer.
Cupcake Liner and Straw
Plenty of companies have developed products aimed at keeping insects from feasting on your drink, including Drink Tops, Wine Guard and BevHat. But unless you’re drinking outside every day, there’s a much simpler (and more cost effective) solution: cupcake liners. Odds are you already have a few of these floating around your cupboard in all kinds of fun patterns. If not, you can easily snag a box at your local grocery store. Stick a straw through the center of one of the liners and then place it on top of your drink. The average cupcake liner will sit easily atop Collins glasses, wine glasses and a variety of other narrow-mouthed drinking vessels. For your wider glasses, grab a pack of jumbo liners and drink in peace all season long.
If you don’t happen to have cupcake liners on hand and don’t feel like making a trip to the store, aluminum foil is just as effective at bug prevention. Create a disk shape and mold it to the sides of your glass. You can either stick a straw through the center or remove it each time you take a sip. It may not look as pretty, but who cares as long as you’re not taking in a big gulp of Daiquiri garnished with mosquito?
Napkin or Coaster
When all else fails, the trusty napkin or cardboard coaster is always here to help. Though not as effective as a cupcake liner or aluminum foil, either will come in handy when you need a quick fix. Simply remove the napkin or coaster from beneath your glass (you never really cared about staining the patio table, anyway), place it on top of your drink and hope the breeze doesn’t catch it and take it away immediately—hey, at least you tried.