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From the Juicer: Fresh Watermelon and Cucumber Juice

I vaguely remember a time and place when "I'm too hot" was more than a string of random syllables. In such times and places, a glass of this gently flavored watermelon and cucumber juice with hints of lime and mint would really have hit the spot. So refreshing, so hydrating, so wildly inappropriate for my scarf- and boots-clad life. With any luck, though, some of you will be able to put its cooling properties to good use this season. More

12 Easy Lemonade Variations

When the hot summer days roll around, we've got one thing on our minds when it comes to drinks: fresh lemonade. If store-bought is your thing (and frankly, on hot, lazy, summer days, a good fresh store-bought lemonade made from real lemons can be a life saver), then check out our Guide to the Best Ready-To-Drink Lemonade. But if you've got a good juicer and 15 minutes, adding a bit of elbow grease to making your own fresh homemade lemonade will make it taste all the sweeter. More

Taste Test: Ready-to-Drink Lemonade

Whether you're gardening in the summer sun or lounging by the pool, this is the time of year when a tall, cool glass of lemonade is essential. Yes, you can work up a sweat squeezing a dozen lemons, but it's easier to grab a carton from the grocery store. So we gathered a tasting team and 18 brands of ready-to-drink lemonade to find the best sweet-sour refreshment a few bucks can buy. More

Bachelor's Jam: Preserving Fresh Summer Fruits with Booze

You can always preserve summer's flavors with mixtures of sugar, salt or vinegar, but for another way to enjoy the season's strawberries, cherries, and peaches during the colder months of the year, try that other venerable food preservative and flavor enhancer: liquor. Bachelor's Jam, which involves the use of that powerful preservative and flavor enhancer, liquor. Bachelor's jam is basically a boozy form of preserves, also called "officer's jam," that combines fresh fruit, sugar, and ample measure of strong spirits. More

Serious Beer: Colorado IPA

Many consider Colorado to be the epicenter of the craft brewing scene. There are over a hundred craft breweries in the state, and it's the home of the Brewers Association and the Great American Beer Festival. So even though we could only get our hands on fifteen examples, we weren't surprised to taste some truly awesome IPAs from the Centennial State. Check out our reviews and let us know your favorites! More

How to Make Pitcher Drinks Tastier, Less Diluted

Pitcher drinks have a lot of appeal during the warmer months, but many recipes suffer from an excess of ingredients, or grow watery and insipid quickly. In today's Washington Post, Jason Wilson touches on a couple of points that can ensure pitcher-drink success. For example, the smaller the ice pieces, the more rapidly they'll dilute the drink generally speaking. Some dilution is desired, of course, but it's a fine line between "just right" and "too much." More

Five Great Tequilas to Drink on Cinco de Mayo

The difference in quality between a cheap mixto tequila and a well-made 100-percent agave spirit can be as wide as the Mar de Cortes, making it worthwhile to do a little research before reaching for your wallet. Here are five brands of the spirit, each of them 100-percent agave tequilas, worth checking out this Cinco de Mayo. More

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