Slideshow: The Best Drinks We Drank in August

Dieu du Ciel's Aphrodisiaque
Dieu du Ciel's Aphrodisiaque

"The best thing I drank this month was at the Festibière beer festival in Quebec City. It's called Aphrodisiaque (although in the states they had to change the name to Aphrodite). It's a cocoa and vanilla stout from the Dieu du Ciel brewery in Montreal. This keg was unbelievably fresh and it was the first time I've seen it on nitro. The silky texture, the sweetness from the vanilla beans, the bitterness from the chocolate, and the robust roastiness balanced each other out perfectly. I couldn't get enough." —Anne Becerra, Contributor

[Photograph: Anne Becerra]

Fresh Banana Shake from Mister Softee
Fresh Banana Shake from Mister Softee

"Typically on the loose, watery side, Mister Softee's shakes have never really captured my attention. If you're in the same boat, get this: you can ask for a thicker shake. They'll do it! I asked to have a banana (typically used in the banana split) blended into my vanilla shake. The result was a rich, creamy, fresh-tasting shake that may be my new go-to order. It's even better with some whole banana slices added to the mix." —Niki Achitoff-Gray, Associate Editor

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

All Suze, All the Time
All Suze, All the Time

"Come August, all I want to drink is Suze, the bitter French aperitif that's delicately bitter with a kick of gentian. We have a nifty cocktail recipe for it, but my go-to is just over ice." —Max Falkowitz, National Editor

[Photograph: Elana Lepkowski]

The Fort Point at Trick Dog in San Francisco
The Fort Point at Trick Dog in San Francisco

"Trick Dog's latest cocktail menu offers all kinds of delicious things, but one of the best is actually a brilliant booze-free drink that manages to balance sweet and savory for result that's complex and interesting even without spirits. Sweet, tangy pineapple and tart lime are cut with smooth cucumber and savory Cel-Ray soda in the Fort Point. I wish more bars were taking notes: nonalcoholic drinks can be fun!"—Maggie Hoffman, Senior Editor

[Photograph: Maggie Hoffman]

Candied Bacon Bloody Mary at Hometown Bar-B-Que in Brooklyn
Candied Bacon Bloody Mary at Hometown Bar-B-Que in Brooklyn

"This was one of the best Bloody Marys I've had in a while. It had a great amount of spice, a float of Guinness, and, not surprisingly at a smokehouse, a piece of candied bacon." —Vicky Wasik, Visual Editor

[Photograph: Vicky Wasik]

Troegs Hop Knife Harvest Ale
Troegs Hop Knife Harvest Ale

"I have more than a little hometown pride for Troegs Brewery. The most recent of their tasty beers is the Hop Knife Harvest Ale, which I was able to try on a trip to the brewery. It's citrusy and hoppy, but balanced out by malt and easy to drink." —Paul Cline, Developer

[Photograph: Paul Cline]