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    Jul 4, 2018

    These Are The 12 Refreshing As Hell Cocktails You Should Be Making This Summer

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    1. Aperol Spritz

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    An Aperol Spritz is a refreshing, slightly bitter Italian cocktail that will make you feel like like you're living ~la dolce vita~ but in a kind of romantically tragic way.

    Ingredients: It's 3 parts sparkling wine (Prosecco works well), 2 parts Aperol, and 1 part sparkling water.

    Preparation: Fill up a wine glass with ice, add the ingredients, then garnish with an orange slice.

    2. Margarita on the rocks

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    As refreshing as it is dangerous: This cocktail has the ability to go down silky smooth, before it starts kicking your ass.

    Ingredients : 1 part Cointreau, 1 part freshly squeezed lime juice, 2 parts tequila. Add agave syrup and salt to taste.

    Preparation: Use a lime slice to wet the rim of a small glass, then add salt to rim. Then, mix the rest of the ingredients in a shaker with crushed ice, and serve.

    3. Mojito

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    The mojito is one of the reigning kings of summertime, and adding a touch of peppermint or spearmint gives it the taste of freshness that we all need on these scorching hot evenings.

    Ingredients: 1 or 2 teaspoons of white sugar, spearmint leaves (or peppermint), 1 oz. lime juice, 2 oz. of Cuban rum, 4 oz. of soda and, if desired, a few drops of Angostura liqueur.

    Preparation: Add the sugar and lime juice in a glass and mix it up with a mortar. Then add the spearmint leaves, then gently mix it with the mortar without grinding it all up. All done? Now add the rum and crushed ice, and fill the remaining space with soda.

    4. Piña colada

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    The actual summer dream: a SMOOTHIE WITH ALCOHOL.

    Ingredients: 2.5 oz. of aged rum, 3 oz. pineapple juice, 1 oz. coconut cream, and ice.

    Preparation: Mix all of the ingredients in a blender, and add the ice cubes a little at a time until you get the perfect (non-watery) texture.

    5. Negroni

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    The Negroni is one of those cocktails where even the hangovers feel glamorous.

    Ingredients: 1 part red Vermouth, 1 part Campari, 1 part gin.

    Preparation: The main recommendation for this drink is to serve it pre-chilled and with ice, because the worst thing that can happen is a watery Negroni. You'll want to mix the three ingredients in a glass and stir it up gently. You can also add a few drops of lemon to give it a bit more flavor.

    6. Bellini

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    Like a mimosa, but better!

    Ingredients : 2 parts Prosecco (or as an alternative, any dry, sparkling wine), and 1 part peach juice.

    Preparation: Mix the ingredients together, then chill it.

    7. Caipirinha

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    This Brazilian cocktail is as delicious as it is addictive. However, if you don't like cachaça (or simply don't have any on hand), you can swap the spirit out for vodka and make yourself a caipiroska.

    Ingredients: 2.7 oz. rum, 2 small limes, 2 or 3 tablespoons of white sugar, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

    Preparation: Cut up the limes into wedges, add the sugar, and muddle them together until the sugar is dissolved. Then, add the lemon juice, cachaça, and ice. Garnish with lemon slices.

    8. Sangria

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    A summer without sangria is really no summer at all, people.

    Ingredients: A bottle of red wine, 3-4 tablespoons of sugar, and chopped up fruit. You can also add a little cinnamon, lemonade, red vermouth or brandy, depending on how you like your sangria!

    Preparation: Mix the wine, sugar and fruit and let it all ~marinate~ for a bit before serving with ice.

    9. Long Island Iced Tea

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    Since you're drinking plenty of iced tea already, no?

    Ingredients: 1 oz. vodka, 1 oz. gin, 1 oz. rum, 1 oz. Cointreau, 1 oz. tequila, 2 oz. cola, and a slice of lemon.

    Preparation: Mix all of the alcohol together, then squeeze a drizzle of lemon on top and add the cola. Stir and serve with ice!

    10. Agua de Valencia (Valencia Water)

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    Also like a mimosa, but way better.

    Ingredients: 1 bottle of cava (or sparkling wine), 1 cup of orange juice, 2 oz. vodka, 2 oz. gin, and sugar to taste.

    Preparation: Add everything in a pitcher, and sprinkle it with sugar. Let it chill in the fridge before serving.

    11. Tom Collins

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    Like your fave G&T, but better:

    Ingredients : 1.5 oz. gin, 3/4 oz. lemon juice, 3/4 oz. simple syrup, and club soda.

    Preparation: Mix and serve everything in a tall glass, topping it off with ice and club soda.

    12. Bloody Mary

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    Since you're spending every weekend at brunch anyway, here's how to make one yourself:

    Ingredients: 2 oz. tomato juice, 1.5 oz. vodka, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 3/4 teaspoon grated horseradish, 3 dashes of Tabasco, 1 pinch of salt, 1 dash of black pepper, and 1 cup of ice.

    Preparation: first, wet the edge of the glass with lime and coat it with salt. Mix the ingredients in the glass (starting with the vodka and tomato juice) and stir until mixed well. Add ice and garnish with a stalk of celery.

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