Watermelon cocktail with ginger liqueur and sugar-spiced rim

Biting into a slice of ripe, juicy watermelon is absolutely thrilling, and I wanted the first sip of this cocktail to be just the same. The aromatic, sweet watermelon pairs marvelously with the ginger liqueur while a generous splash of fresh lime juice keeps its sweetness in check. Furthermore, the sugared rim, spiked with cayenne, brings a delightful spicy hint to each sip.

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Honeydew and Mezcal margarita with chipotle syrup

Mezcal could be described as Tequila’s “smoky sister”. Both spirits are made with the piña (or heart) of the agave plant, and the distilling process is the same. But for Mezcal, the piñas are cooked in underground pit ovens, a method that gives Mezcal its seductive smoky flavor.

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Apricot Mojito with lemon balm

Apricot season is very short-lived, and you have to make the most of it. So aside from eating them on their own (or in sumptuous desserts), why not enjoy them in cocktails—as in this mojito?

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Pomegranate Sangria with kumquatsI’ve never been a sweet tooth when it comes to cocktails—or, as a matter of fact, to any beverage. So, unsurprisingly, you’ll find no sugar added to this Sangria. Here I rely on the natural sweetness of the pomegranate juice and the Cointreau to give the sugar-pop you’d expect in any normal punch. But that’s not all: a splash of fresh lime juice adds a juicy acidity that makes this Sangria truly mouthwatering.

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Grapefruit gin & tonic with cilantro

London Dry Gin itself is what gave me the inspiration for this refreshing cocktail.

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