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Summer Drinks

Four simple refreshing cocktails for warm weather sipping

by Evan Orensten in Food + Drink on 06 July 2011

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After a great week in L.A. working with Gap's 1969 denim design team last month, we decided to celebrate with the perfect topper to any hard day's work with a round of delicious drinks. From Campari to Cachaça, below are four recipes sure to help you chill out during the warmer weather.

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To cool down the right way, ice is an essential ingredient that usually gets overlooked We've been longtime fans of LA-based frozen water extraordinaire Michel Dozois, whose Névé Ice is made from twice-filtered water and put through a reverse osmosis system, then infused with minerals. The solid squares of ice fit into most glasses and melt at a leisurely summertime pace.

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The Leblon Caipirinha

2 tablespoons superfine organic sugar
Muddled citrus (4 lime wedges mashed with sugar for 15 seconds)
Crushed ice
2 ounces Leblon Cachaça (Brazilian rum)
Shake well for 5-10 seconds and serve in a rocks glass and garnish with fresh lime.

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The Honey Julep

2 ounces Macallan Fine Oak 10 Years Old (we used a bottle of Macallan 12)
1 barspoon of softened honey
6 fresh mint leaves
Churn with crushed ice and serve in an old fashioned glass, garnished with a large sprig of fresh mint.

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Evan's West Coast Negroni

1 ounce Beefeater Gin
1 ounce white vermouth
1 ounce Campari
A splash of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and a splash of soda
Garnish with an orange slice
Serve on the rocks.

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The Santo Libre

1.5 ounce 10 Cane Rum (we also recommend Brugal Anejo Rum if available)
A squeeze of fresh lime juice
Serve in a tall glass and fill with lemon-lime soda.

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