Strawberry Punch

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LEVEL: EASY
SERVES: 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 fresh strawberries
  • 3 slice canned pineapple
  • ½ oz. pineapple syrup from the can
  • ¼ oz. lime juice
  • ¼ oz. simple syrup (dissolve one part sugar in one part boiling water; let cool)
  • 2 oz. white rum

DIRECTIONS

  1. Muddle fruit. Pour over ice with other ingredients; shake. Garnish with fruit.

Kerasi

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LEVEL: EASY
SERVES: 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz. peach vodka
  • 1 oz. cherry puree (just blend fresh pitted cherries)
  • ½ oz. peach liqueur
  • ½ oz. cherry brandy
  • ½ oz. lemon juice
  • Sparkling wine, like Cava
  • Cherry, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Shake all ingredients but the Cava over ice and strain into a flute. Top off with Cava. Garnish with a cherry.

Mango Cocktail

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LEVEL: EASY
YIELD: 6 SERVINGS
SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS

  • ¾ c. vodka (preferably Grey Goose)
  • ⅓ c. Cointreau
  • 2 c. mango puree
  • ¼ c. lime juice
  • Fresh mango wedges

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large glass pitcher, combine all ingredients; refrigerate until cold. Serve chilled, in cocktail glasses, garnished with fresh mango wedges.

Fresh Mint Margaritas

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LEVEL: EASY
SERVES: 4

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ c. chopped mint leaves
  • ½ tsp. kosher salt
  • 4 c. Crushed ice
  • 1½ c. good-quality tequila
  • 1 c. freshly squeezed lime juice (from about 8 limes)
  • 1 c. triple sec

DIRECTIONS

  1. In the bottom of a large (2-quart) pitcher, crush together mint and salt, pressing with the back of a wooden spoon. Add ice. Add tequila, lime juice, and Triple Sec, stirring vigorously. Serve in short tumblers or wineglasses.

Pomegranate Daiquiris

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LEVEL: EASY
SERVES: 12

INGREDIENTS

  • 3½ c. pomegranate juice
  • 1½ c. plain or raspberry-flavored light rum
  • 1 c. cassis or cranberry liqueur
  • ⅓ c. fresh lime juice
  • ice cubes
  • Pomegranate seeds, frozen green grapes, or kiwi slices

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine pomegranate juice, rum, cassis, and lime juice in a large pitcher. Cover and refrigerate until cold, at least 4 hours or up to 1 week ahead.
  2. In a blender, combine 1 1/2 cups juice mixture and 1 cup ice cubes. Blend until slushy. Pour into large martini or wine glasses; garnish as desired. Repeat with remaining juice.

Mango-Peach Fizz

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LEVEL: EASY
YIELD: 2 CUPS PUREE
SERVES: 16

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ripe mango
  • 1 large ripe peach
  • ½ c. unsweetened mango, peach, or orange juice
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • Peach schnapps or peach-flavored seltzer
  • Cold club soda, seltzer, or champagne

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a blender, puree mango, peach, fruit juice (mango peach or orange), and sugar (adding more sugar if puree is too tart). Puree can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated.
  2. For each fizz, fill tall glasses with ice cubes. Pour 2 tbsp each puree and peach schnapps or peach-flavored seltzer into each glass and top with cold club soda, seltzer, or champagne.

Orange Splash

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LEVEL: EASY
SERVES: 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz. Absolut Citron vodka
  • 1 oz. Cointreau or triple sec
  • 1 splash fresh lime juice
  • 1 splash orange juice
  • Sugar, for garnish
  • Orange slice, for garnish

DIRECTIONS

  1. Pour all ingredients over ice in a shaker or large glass and shake vigorously. Rim a glass with sugar and serve on the rocks. Garnish with an orange slice.