Amy M. Spagnola


End of Summer Sips: 3 Cool Cocktail Ideas

Saying sayonara to Summer is the perfect opportunity to indulge in a few seriously tasty and light beverages. Whether you’re looking for a drink recipe for a big party or you’re craving a new cocktail for a night with your spouse, here are three cool sips to make your final summer nights fun and festive:

Cucumber Spritzer with Mint
Light and energizing, this spritzer is great for serving at a picnic or for a Fourth of July shindig.
1 cup
 240 mL water 1 cup
200 g granulated sugar 

1 (2-inch / 5 cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced in 1⁄4-inch / .5 cm coins 

5 sprigs fresh mint 

3 Persian cucumbers, 2 grated (about 1 cup) and 1 thinly sliced 

1 (2-liter) bottle chilled soda water 

Juice of 1 lemon 

Light Watermelon Margaritas
Crisp and fruity, this mesmerizing summer sip is ideal for a pick-me-up after a long day of sunshine and swimming.
2 teaspoons sugar
1 lime wedge
3½ cups cubed seeded watermelon $
½ cup tequila
2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
Lime wedges or watermelon balls (optional)

Blueberry Mojito
Sweet and satisfying, this bold blue drink is a cool conversation starter and crowd satisfier.
1 cup fresh blueberries, plus extra for garnish
4 oz clear rum
10 fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons sugar
Juice of 2 limes
6 oz club soda

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