June 5, 2014 at 1:00 am

Good stuff: Father's Day idea, Kahlua cocktail, guac tip

Sodastream is available at Meijer, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Costco and Target. (SodaStream)

One good gadget

Give Dad a fizzy Fathers Day with his own soda maker. Sodastream turns tap water into sparkling water in less than 30 seconds. With no clean-up and no heavy bottles to carry, store at home or throw away, Dad can enjoy his bubbles whenever he wants. Sodastream retails for $99.99 and comes in a variety of styles. Coming later this year are SodaCaps, capsules that you press onto a SodaStream bottle of carbonated water to start the flow of flavor along the inside walls of the bottle. SodaCaps can be recycled, and the company says it plans to make them biodegradable. Sodastream is available at Meijer, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Costco and Target.

One good cocktail

Kahla, the classic rum and coffee liqueur, is putting a stake in summer with the new Kahla Summer Shake-Up campaign. From casual dinner parties, to backyard barbecues, and everything in between, Kahla wants to be a part of the picnic. Serve this signature Kahlua cocktail at your next party.

Kahla Bushwacker

1 part Kahla
2 parts cream of coconut
part dark rum
part Hiram Walker Dark Crme de Cacao
2 parts milk

Combine all ingredients with ice in a blender. Blend well and serve in a specialty glass. Makes one drink.

One good tip

Want to make guacamole ahead of time and still serve up a glorious green bowl for dipping? Before storing, pour an inch of water over the top of the guacamole (the dense dip will not absorb the water) and refrigerate. Before serving, pour off the water, the guacamole will be still bright and green and just waiting for the right chip.

Kahlua Bushwacker (Jens Johnson)