Cook the Book: 'Margaritas, Mojitos & More'

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Summertime is cocktail time. When the weather heats up, who wants to be weighed down by dark, heavy beers or glasses of lukewarm wine? Icy, blended drinks made from high-quality spirits and exotic fruits such as lychees, Asian pears, and kumquats are much more appealing.

This week's Cook the Book selection, Margaritas, Mojitos, & More by Jessica Strand, is full of tempting recipes for classic summer cocktails with a twist. Author Jessica Strand shows you how to make any drink your "signature" by mixing and matching flavored vodkas, spices, and garnishes like fresh rosemary and sliced black plums. In addition to the lethal libations, there is a chapter dedicated to Calming Coolers—nonalcoholic drinks such as Blended Peach Creams and Pomegranate Tingles—that are perfect poolside refreshers for children of all ages.

Just in time for your 4th of July celebration, we'll be excerpting a tantalizing cocktail recipe from Margaritas, Mojitos, & More every day this week. Forget about boring brews and white wine spritzers—it's time to bust out your blender and shaker and get the party started.

Win 'Margaritas, Mojitos, & More'

For a chance to win one of five copies of Margaritas, Mojitos, & More tell us in the comments section below: what is your favorite cocktail garnish? (Mine is olives, and lots of them!)

Five (5) people will be chosen at random from among eligible comments below. Comments will close Monday, July 7 at noon ET. The standard Serious Eats contest rules apply.