06/07/2012 06:31 pm ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

Creating The Ideal Summer Cocktail

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.

Creating the Ideal Summer Cocktail