Ah, summer. You bring us fun in the sun, beach days and—one of the best things of all—fresh and fruity drinks! To make the most of the season, we found these seven mouthwatering recipes and the right accessory for each so you can make the perfect cocktail every time.
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Strawberry Lemonade Vodka
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Simple syrup, lemons, just-picked berries and vodka make a lovely combination. (You could leave the vodka out for a nonalcoholic option but, hahaha, who am I kidding? No way!)
How to do it right: Use pretty, handmade, eco-friendly Rainbow Recycled Tumbler Glasses (set of four for $39 at Bambeco).
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Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco
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Effervescent and thirst-quenching, this cocktail makes a lovely, not-too-heavy option for those dog days.
How to do it right: Have fresh mint on hand courtesy of a Potting Shed Creations Garden in a Bag ($10 at Casa).
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Courtesy of: Averie Cooks
As the lady says, “There’s really no wrong way to do pineapple and orange juice, coconut rum, grenadine and cherries.” True that.
How to do it right: Skip the cocktail cherries and up your game with Luxardo Maraschino Cherries ($19.95 at Williams-Sonoma). Trust us.
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You’ll feel as if you’re gazing at the Mediterranean Sea, even if you’re stuck on your boring old porch staring at your neighbor’s fence.
How to do it right: Margarita salt! Is your kitchen missing this extremely necessary ingredient? Rectify immediately via the Rokz Design Group Infused Margarita Salt ($6.33 at Amazon).
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Cucumber Lime Margaritas
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A fab option if you don’t like your drinks too sweet, this drink is made with cucumber juice and plenty of lime.
How to do it right: If you’ve been debating whether to buy a NutriBullet ($59.99 at Macy’s) blender, perhaps this nifty recipe will seal the deal?
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Courtesy of: Call Me PMc
Paula, the blogger behind Call Me PMc, was trying to cut back on added sugar in her cocktails. Here, she uses Fresca (the best!) instead of a sugar-sweetened soda.
How to do it right: Use a proper muddler. Sure the stainless steel ones are easy to clean, but most mixologists prefer a wooden version. This Walnut Muddler ($4.70 at Amazon) definitely ups your game.
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Beach House Cosmos
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This is a perfect option for a bridal shower or other celebratory shindig.
How to do it right: Make a big batch in the Fairy Tale Pitcher ($24.99 at West Elm) so you never run out.