Our favorite summer drinks
Hot, sweaty days can be tough, but when you've got an icy cocktail in hand, summer's a breeze. From frozen drinks to spritzers, sweet punches to tart Margaritas, we've chosen our favorite ways to cool off with a kick.
Throwing a party? Having a "house drink" makes it quick and easy to slake guests' thirsts. Choose from the list at right-you can pick anything except a blended frozen drink. Mix up a batch in a pitcher or-for a crowd-a two-gallon cooler with a spigot. Omit the ice and any bubbly ingredients such as beer or Champagne, then tape a sign to the front with a description of the drink and instructions for mixing, such as "Add ice and club soda."
When making sangria, go for a moderately priced wine. A truly fantastic bottle will be wasted, its nuances covered up by the other flavors in the drink. But we also don't recommend using an extremely cheap wine-if it doesn't taste good on its own adding fruit won't save it.
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