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Summer cocktails

Watermelon cocktail
DIne and Dish

It certainly feels like summer when temperatures are flirting with the 100 degree mark. After a blissful week of eighty degree temperatures and soft southeastern breezes, summer has aggressively pushed its way in with record breaking highs. If the heat makes you feel like staying home in the evenings this week, (if nothing else to avoid what feels like sloshing around in wet drapery and panting through a moist cloud) making your own summer cocktail is a good at home alternative to a hand crafted bar drink. In summer, seasonal fruit and a juicer are perfect tools to help you achieve that goal. Summer fruits like watermelons, lemons, cantaloupes, peaches, cucumbers, plums, and tomatoes will offer a refreshing and healthy addition to any drink.

Below are some recipes to help you get started on your summer cocktail kick. These recipes were created with a juicer, however, if you don't have a juicer, you can try pureeing the fruit in a food processor and then straining the juice. Make sure to adjust the portions of alcohol to your taste, and if you puree the fruit in a food processor, you may have to adjust fruit portions.

Watermelon - Juice 1/4 watermelon (with rind) and 1 lemon. Add 1-2 cups of vodka or gin. Bruise basil or mint and add for enhanced flavor.

Lemon - Juice enough lemons for 2 cups lemon juice (2-3). Add 1 and 1/2 cups simple syrup, 2 cups water, and 1-2 cups vodka.

1/2 and 1/2 - Try mixing the lemonade above with iced tea and adding more vodka for something a little different.

Peaches - Pit 6 peaches and juice. Add 1/2 cup simple syrup, bruise and add mint leaves and add 2 tablespoons creme de menthe and 1 cup bourbon. add ice and sparkling water to taste.

Cucumber - Juice 6 cucumbers and 1 lemon. Add 1 cup vodka, bruise and add basil or mint for depth of flavor, add 2 cups sparkling water.

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