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Seasonal Summer Cocktails

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Scott Phillips

We always talk about eating seasonal–there’s no reason we shouldn’t drink seasonal as well. These cocktails are a great way to use an abundance of summer produce, and they taste all the fresher for it.

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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.

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    Cucumber-Basil Margherita

    A refreshing cucumber and basil simple syrup makes this margarita a go-to cocktail to enjoy with your favorite spicy Mexican dish. The recipe is easily doubled.

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    Watermelon Mule

    This summery riff on a Moscow Mule adds fresh watermelon purée to the classic combination of vodka, ginger beer, and lime. Ginger beer is similar to ginger ale, but has a more pungent, crisp flavor. 

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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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    Peachy Palmer

    Arnold Palmer famously drank a combo of iced tea and lemonade. Adding juicy stone fruit makes it an especially summery treat.

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    Summer Sangria

    Stir up a pitcher on a hot day, and sit back and relax. It's summer!

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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.

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    Mayan Mezcalita

    Chile-spiked cantaloupe and cucumber, plus mezcal and curacao, give this pitcher drink a distinctly summer profile.

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    Peach-Basil Margarita

    Fresh peaches plus peach liqueur and basil bring a sweet, herbal twist to the classic Margarita.

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