The dog days of summer which usually begin in early July and continue through early September are usually the hottest days of the season. The Romans called these dog days, dies caniculares in reference to the brightest star in the heavens, Canis Major or Sirius, the Dog Star. The Romans believed that when Sirius rose in the heavens, it was a sign of evil, ” when seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid, causing to man burning fevers, hysterics and phrensies”. The Romans thought this dog star the reason for the hot, sultry weather and to appease the angry star would sacrifice a brown dog at the beginning of each season. Source.
This Fourth of July holiday weekend will be filled with outdoor summer activities and it’s important to stay cool and hydrated. Water is essential, but why not add some citrus slices or vegetables like sliced cucumbers to your water to add a new dimension of flavor? A beverage dispenser like the one featured on today’s Foodbuzz Daily Special, would be perfect for serving flavored waters, iced tea or sangria for a crowd.