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Classic Summer Cocktail Recipes

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These are the classics every cocktail lover should know how to make—and summer is the perfect time to make them since many call for fresh-squeezed lime juice (and wheels for garnish!), sweet aromatic mint, and in the case of the Bloody Mary, juicy ripe tomatoes.

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    Classic Negroni

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

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    Tom Collins

    Order this cool classic at a bar and you’ll likely get a glassful of commercial sour mix, which will give the drink a chemical aftertaste; make it at home with fresh lemon juice and it’s hard to beat.

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    Margarita

    Freshly squeezed lime juice—never bottled—makes this margarita plenty citrusy, and agave syrup sweetens and complements the agave flavors in the tequila.

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    Daiquiri

    This is one of the oldest cocktails in existence, a refreshing blend of citrus, rum, and simple syrup. Straightforward and elegant, it’s a far cry from the familiar frozen version.

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    Mojito

    A hot summer day calls for a cool drink like this refreshing Cuban mint and lime cocktail.

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    Pimm's Cup

    You’ll need a fresh cucumber from the garden to garnish this gin-based apéritif from Britain.

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    Heirloom Bloody Mary

    At its best in late summer, this brunch mainstay is made truly special by passing the tomatoes through a potato ricer rather than juicing them.

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    Caipirinha

    The Caipirinha is a rustic form of a Daiquiri: just rum, sugar, and lime. But the rum is cachaça, the sugar is usually raw or turbinado, and the limes are muddled and left in the drink.

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    Limoncello-Gin Cocktail with Grilled Thyme

    This lemony drink is perfect for a summer grill party. Throw some thyme sprigs over the fire to coax out the herb’s floral qualities.

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    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.

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    Citrus-Tea Punch

    Sweet iced tea is a southern staple and punch is a summer party must. Adding fresh lemon and orange juice transforms it into a punch that can be made even more festive with a splash of vodka.

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