Keep your Cool!

Throughout the last ten years we've featured dozens of cocktail recipes for just about every occasion.  With temperatures showing no sign of dipping down - at least, during the day - we've put together some of our fave cool concoctions, from punches to coolers, to classics.  The best part is they're ready in a snap, and there's something for any taste.  Stock up on ice and fresh fruit, and take dive right in!

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SUMMER SINS

1 750 mL bottle gin

1 L pink lemonade

1 cup agave syrup (2 cups hot water, 1 cup agave, stir well)

½-1cup grapefruit juice, or to taste

1 bunch fresh mint, chopped

2 limes, chopped

In a pitcher or bowl, muddle limes with agave syrup. Add all other ingredients. Stir well. Add ice. Garnish with mint springs. 

Thai Basil Cooler

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1 large coin sized slice of ginger, peeled and julienned

6-8 Thai basil leaves

2 oz Bombay Sapphire East gin 

¼ lemon, seeds removed and sliced

4 oz sparkling citrus kombucha

Edible flowers and Thai basil for garnish

In a mixing glass muddle ginger well, then add basil and lemon and muddle lightly. Add gin, to the mixing glass and stir to combine. Transfer everything into a wine glass, and add ice. Top with sparkling kombucha, and garnish.

Piscojito

1 oz Pisco

2 oz lime juice, fresh pressed

7 large mint leaves

4 oz simple syrup

Splash of ginger ale

1/4 lime to garnish

Mint leaves to garnish

Crush or muddle the mint leaves to release the oils, then add ice, simple syrup, and pisco, and shake in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a rocks glass and top with ginger ale to taste. Garnish with lime chunks and whole mint leaves.

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Claret Cup Punch

1 bottle red wine, Rioja works best

1 lemon, cut into wedges

1 orange, cut into wedges

1 oz brandy

2 Tbs sugar 

2 cups (500 mL) ginger ale or club soda

Combine all the ingredients in a large punch bowl, a large vase works as well. Stir with ice. Make sure to taste as you go.

Just Peachy

1oz Amaro Montenegro

1oz Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon

4 frozen or fresh peach slices, a bit defrosted if frozen

8 mint leaves

½ lime, sliced thin in half rounds

Ginger ale

3 dashes of cherry bitters

Mint leaves and peach for garnish

In a tall Collins glass add peaches, lime and mint. Muddle quickly, then add ice to the glass and add the amaro and bourbon, and stir. Top with your favourite ginger ale and bitters, and stir again. Garnish with mint and peaches and enjoy!  

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