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15 Cocktails To Make Summer a Little Cooler

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Nothing says summer like a cool drink on the patio or deck. These 15 cocktails spotlight seasonal fruit, herbs, and even a veggie or two and are the ultimate expression of summer.

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    Summer Bourbon-Cherry Fizz

    The raisiny flavor of an ancho chile gives a lovely base note to this drink, bringing together the cherries and the bourbon. The addition of the vitamin C tablet keeps the cherry juice brighter in color, but feel free to omit it if you don’t have one on hand.

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    Vodka-Berry Lemonade

    A good berry lemonade hits all the sweet and sour notes you want in a refreshing afternoon drink and also makes a welcoming cocktail.

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    Watermelon Mojito

    Added to a minty mojito, ripe summer watermelon takes refreshing to the next level.

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    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.

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    Heirloom Bloody Mary

    To create this seasonal cocktail, the bartenders at Union Square Café pilfer the kitchen’s heirloom tomatoes, sourced from the nearby farmers’ market.  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. Browse our Drinks & Entertaining Guide page for more spicy cocktails.

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    Hemingway Daiquiri

    They say that the Hemingway Daiquiri was invented for Ernest Hemingway in the La Floradita bar in Cuba. Whether the stories are true or false, no person in history can match Ernest Hemingway as an Olympian cocktail connoisseur. But only this Daiquiri has the honor of bearing his name. He loved it so much that he always had a double serving, which earned the cocktail the moniker Papa Doble, or Double for Daddy.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Strawberry Mojito

    A mojito is traditionally made with white rum, muddled mint and lime juice, and seltzer. Strawberries make this cocktail both sweeter and more tart—a nice match for bold amber rum or more subtle white rum.

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    Watermelon Blush

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

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    Hibiscus Cooler (Agua de Jamaica)

    The floral and earthy flavor of dried hibiscus flowers may be familiar to you as one of the ingredients in Red Zinger tea. Here the cooler is only lightly sweetened. Add more sugar if you like.

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    Rose Spritz Cocktail

    Move over, bitter liqueurs. This spritz is sure to become your new favorite warm-weather sipper.

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