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Zero Proof: Blueberry Lavender Lemonade

If you could cram everything about summer into a glass, it would be this blueberry lavender lemonade. It's sweet, floral, and refreshing. Doctor it up with vodka or tequila, or drink it straight and cold from the refrigerator, barely pausing to pour it from the pitcher. You could try raspberries or strawberries, but for the tastiest, prettiest punch, your best bet is a blueberry. More

Sweet Corn Cocktail

I took inspiration from one of my favorite ways to eat corn, Mexican corn on the cob or elote—grilled and topped with lime juice and spices. The resulting cocktail is the color of corn—a light, milky yellow—with flavor that manages to be both bold and bright. More

Cucumber and Basil Slush

With temperatures rising into the 90s and above, everyone is looking for a way to cool off. One of my favorite ways is with an icy beverage known as the slush—a simple combination of ice and liquid in a blender. Since the temperature is dramatic, I figured even the slush needed to be taken up a notch by using the classic, cool flavor combination of cucumber and lime, brightened up with fresh basil leaves. More

Zero Proof: Chili Peach Juice

Summer is officially in full swing at my local farmer's market: piles of peaches, plums, and apricots are everywhere. My small garden is also bearing fruit, and the pots are bursting with chili peppers. This time of year, pick one and two grow back in its place. Pico de gallo and fruit salsas are always an option, but the peppers are coming in fast and I need something that helps the pile-up. More

Gin-Gin Mule

Developed around a decade ago by Pegu Club owner Audrey Saunders, the Gin Gin Mule now appears on the cocktail menus at dozens of bars around the world, for one basic reason: it's absolutely freakin' delicious. More

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