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Summer Sips to Keep You Cool

Strawberry Mojito

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

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.

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.

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.

Stout Floats

An ice cream float made with beer may not be a new idea to craft beer fans and brew pub regulars, but it’s too good not to go mainstream.

Strawberry, Lemon, and Rosewater Slushie

Strawberries are part of the rose family, so just a hint of rosewater is a natural addition to this bright, refreshing slushie.

Watermelon Blush

Made with St-Germain, an elderflower liqueur, this summery drink is sweet, with a light effervescence.

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.

Tea-Quila Highball

This drink is a specialty of James Meehan of PDT (Please Don't Tell) in New York City.

Classic Negroni

This ruby-red classic Italian cocktail is pleasantly bitter with a hint of sweetness from the vermouth.

Tequila-Champagne Sangria

This spiked white sangria is one of several served at El Real Tex-Mex Café in Houston.


Margaritas are often made with an orange liqueur like Cointreau, which can make them very sweet.

Garden & Tonic

Created by Wayne Collins and Naren Young, this drink is a minty, herbaceous version of a gin and tonic made with celery bitters.


The martini is the great-grandfather of all stirred cocktails.

The Sazerac

Sometimes it’s helpful to think of a garnish in an uncommon way.


Unlike so many classic cocktails, there is no dispute over who invented the Bellini.

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