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Creating The Ideal Summer Cocktail

Posted: 06/07/2012 6:31 pm

Any self-respecting cocktail lover should always have a few items on hand: a shaker, a muddler, a juicer and some big ice cubes. And, especially in the summer, a bag of ripe limes.

Unlike its citrus siblings lemon and orange, lime brings a balance of sweet and sour to a drink. And that's why it's an essential part of tropical classics like the Daiquiri and Margarita.

So we selected from our recipe library a few summery drinks you may not have made before that call for fresh lime juice. Mix one up the next time you're relaxing on the porch or by the pool.

Pink Flamingo
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Grapefruit soda is wonderfully refreshing, and this rum-based drink is the perfect sipper on a hot day. The lime juice adds a bright, piquant note. Even if you can't pull off the elegant lime-peel garnish (all it really takes is a sharp peeler and some patience), your guests will love it.

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