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May 22, 2013

The careless art of the wonderful summer cocktail

(Continued)

This year, it will be the pisco sour. Pisco is a South American brandy that has a clean, mildly sweet flavor. Traditional versions of this cocktail call for shaking it over ice with sugar and lemon juice. My take swaps in lime juice (which so loves barbecue), and rather than shaking it, I blend until frothy. Think frozen margarita, but so much better.

I also should add that proper stemware is essential for enjoying a summer cocktail. In my house, that usually means either canning jars or recycled jam jars.

PISCO SOUR

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

21/2 ounces pisco

11/2 ounces lime juice

11/2 ounces simple syrup

11/2 tablespoons egg white

1/2 cup ice

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until very smooth and frothy. Pour into a large, heavy glass, and serve immediately.

GIN AND BITTER LEMON

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

1 to 2 slices lemon

1 teaspoon sugar

11/2 ounces gin

Ice

Bitter lemon tonic

Fresh mint, to garnish

In a medium, heavy glass, combine the lemon slices and sugar. Gently muddle, then add the gin and enough ice to mostly fill the glass. Top with bitter lemon tonic, then stir and garnish with fresh mint.

TRASHY RED WINE SANGRIA

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

1 to 2 slices orange

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 to 2 tablespoons sugar

4 ounces red wine

Ice

Seltzer water (optional)

In a large, heavy glass, combine the orange slices, lime juice and sugar. Gently muddle, then add the wine and enough ice to mostly fill the glass. Stir. If desired, top with a splash of seltzer for bubbles.

If you feel so inclined, go ahead and float some raspberries or sliced strawberries in this, too.

VODKA WATERMELON SLUSHIE

Start to finish: 5 minutes

Servings: 1

11/2 cups watermelon chunks

1/2 cup ice

11/2 ounces vodka

1 ounce lemon juice

1 ounce honey or simple syrup

Pinch salt

Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until very smooth and frothy. Pour into a large, heavy glass, and serve immediately.

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