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Easy Summer Sips

Summer Peach Cooler

These nonalcoholic cocktails of seltzer and peach purée are a perfect use for great in-season peaches, with their syrupy juice and jasmine-like aroma.

Strawberry Mojito

A mojito is traditionally made with white rum, muddled mint and lime juice, and seltzer.

Cucumber-Mint Water

This lightly sweetened cucumber-flavored water is enhanced with fresh mint and a touch of lemon juice; a DIY (and healthier) version of the flavored waters that are all the rage.

Watermelon Mule

This summery riff on a Moscow Mule adds fresh watermelon purée to the classic combination of vodka, ginger beer, and lime.

Tenant’s Harbor Punch

This punch is named for a quiet, windswept point on the rocky coast of Maine.

Lemongrass Lemonade

Surprisingly, the salt in this recipe makes the drink’s sweetness more pronounced.

Limoncello-Gin Cocktail with Grilled Thyme

If you're firing up the grill already, throw some thyme sprigs over the fire to coax out the herb’s floral qualities.

Blackberry-Sage Water

The idea here is a DIY flavored water: healthier and less expensive than those enhanced waters you see at the supermarket.

Garden Party Cocktail

Ted Kilgore, the beverage manager of Taste by Niche in Missouri, based this cocktail on the natural pairing of agave nectar and tequila, which come from the same plant.

Pineapple-Orange Sangria

A splash of club soda adds a dry, bubbly note to this summery drink, which was created by Kim Haasarud, the author of 101 Sangrias and Pitcher Drinks.

Thai Basil and Cumin Lemonade

If my son ever decides to have a lemonade stand, I’d like to think I’d have some influence over his product.

Strawberry-Melon Sangria

Aperol, a bittersweet, orangy Italian liqueur similar to Campari, helps balance the sweetness of the strawberries, cantaloupe, and honey in this deep-red sangria, which was created by Kathy Casey of Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen in Seattle.

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