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5 Refreshing Summer Cocktails

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1. Cucumber-Jalapeno Margarita

Ingredients

1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup white tequila
1/4 cup orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
1/4 cup simple syrup, or more as needed
4 thin slices cucumber
1 jalapeno, halved lengthwise
Ice, for serving
Salt for glass rims, optional

Directions:

Mix together the lime juice, tequila, orange liqueur, simple syrup, cucumber and jalapenos in a large pitcher. Chill for at least 1 hour (the longer the margarita sits, the more the cucumber and jalapeno flavors infuse into the drink). Serve over ice in salt-rimmed glasses, if desired.

Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon

2. Tequila Sangria

Ingredients

2 to 3 pineapple slices
2 to 3 orange slices
2 to 3 blackberries
2 to 3 lime wedges
2 ounce or 1/4 cup tequila
1 ounce or 2 tablespoons elderflower-flavored liqueur*
1 ounce or 2 tablespoons simple syrup*
2 ounces or 1/4 cup pineapple juice
Splash orange juice
Ice, as needed
Red wine, as needed (recommended: rioja)

Directions

In desired drinking glass, add the pineapples, oranges, blackberries, and lime wedges.

Next add the tequila, elderflower-flavored liqueur, simple syrup, pineapple juice, and orange juice. Add ice to glass and stir to mix ingredients. Top glass with red wine and enjoy.

If you don’t like the fruits suggested here feel free to use whichever fruits you desire. Peach-, pear- or ginger-flavored liqueur can be substituted. Simple syrup is equal parts sugar and water cooked until the sugar dissolves and then cooled completely.

Recipe courtesy of Darryl Robinson

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