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Cocktails

Cocktails

Mexican Martini

Like margaritas, but garnished with olives and served straight up rather than frozen or on the rocks, Mexican martinis are a quintessential part of hot Austin summers.

Yield: 1 large serving Total time: 10 minutes
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Peach-Lime Rickey

This light, summery cocktail of peach liqueur and lime juice is bubbly and refreshing, perfect for a summer afternoon.

Yield: 1 cocktail Total time: 10 minutes
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Old Fashioned

A sugar cube, muddled with bitters and water and topped with rye whiskey makes for an elegant (and very strong!) cocktail.

Yield: 1 cocktail Total time: 10 minutes
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Gin & Tonic

This light, refreshing, bubbly cocktail is a welcome addition to girls night, book club, or any hot summer evening. We always start with chilled ingredients for a frosty drink.

Yield: 1 cocktail Total time: 10 minutes
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Watermelon Caipirinha

Guy was inspired to make these cocktails when our friends sent us home with fresh watermelon juice after this year’s Wild Game Dinner.

He muddles sugar and lime, and then adds watermelon juice and cachaça, a Brazilian spirit distilled from sugar cane.

Yield: 1 cocktail Total time: 10 minutes
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Estridentista

This complex cocktail has ancho chile liqueur, dry vermouth, elderflower liqueur, and bitters.

Yield: 1 drink Total time: 5 minutes
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Anchorita

This margarita made with ancho chile liqueur, silver tequila, fresh lime juice, and agave nectar is the best spicy margarita recipe we’ve tested.

Yield: 1 drink Total time: 5 minutes
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Bourbon & Ginger

A very fizzy, gingery ginger ale (Whole Foods’ 365 brand has a nice one) adds a nice bite to this bourbon cocktail.

Yield: 1 drink Total time: 5 minutes
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Honey Blackberry Shrub Punch

Shrubs date back to colonial times, when the acidity in the syrup served to preserve the fruit. A good shrub is both tart and sweet, stimulating the appetite while quenching thirst.

Substitute seltzer water for the bourbon for a refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage. The blackberry shrub syrup base in this recipe makes a double batch.

Yield: 4 servings Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Five-Spice Bourbon Punch

Mix bourbon, lime juice, club soda, and a syrup made of Sichuan peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon, cloves and fennel for a delicious and unusual cocktail.

Yield: 4 drinks Total time: 2 hours