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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

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