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Drinking in Season: Basil Lime Cooler

A few weeks ago I found myself with a bushel of basil—I was in over my head with bunches of the herb and needed to use them up asap. After making the prerequisite pestos, I ventured into pizza and even a basil and lime sorbet, which got me thinking. Those two flavors are perfect summer partners—refreshing and full of flavor—so they can only get better with the addition of a little booze, right? More

Summer Drink Recipes: Crystal Beach from Cotogna in San Francisco

When we asked Cotogna's bar manager what cocktail ingredients he's into right now, we expected some crazy new vermouth or extra-rare bitters, but he answered simply: "Opal basil. It's super beautiful," he says. He uses it to crown a cocktail named Crystal Beach after the Canadian amusement park he visited as a kid. Here's the recipe so you can make this summer drink at home. More

22 Ways To Use Summer Fruit in Cocktails

Ok, you got a little over-ambitious at the farmers' market, or your garden is really going gangbusters. You're already knee-deep in sweet and sour cherries, blueberries, raspberries...and you could be heading toward peach season. You'll be baking your fill of desserts, but a refreshing drink can help you power through. Here are 22 ideas for how to get seasonal fruit into your cocktails. More

Sour Cherry Gin Cocktail

The cousin of the more popular sweet Bing or Rainer cherries, these tart, almost transparent cherries make great desserts, preserves, and of course, cocktails. This cocktail is a perfect way to use any leftover cherries after making a pie or other tasty treat since it only requires a few of them. More

Cider Sangria

This one's a cidery twist on white sangria, with a sparkling semidry cider and fruit infused with ice cider to add tons of rich fruit flavor. Feel free to substitute whatever local fruit is in season. More

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