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Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

Watermelon Cucumber Cooler

Looking for some fun to shake up for the Fourth of July or any time you need a tasty, cool and refreshing cocktail? Here are some kicky cocktails and punches made with gin, vodka and whiskey. So, take your pick. Have some fun. And remember: Handling cocktails and handling fireworks don't mix. For a taste of some frozen "pop-tails," click here. Watermelon Cucumber Cooler 3 (1-inch) chunks watermelon 2 slices cucumber chunks, plus an extra slice for garnish 1 1/2 ounces Aviation American Gin 1/2 ounce simple syrup 3/4 ounce freshly pressed lime juice Pinch of salt 1 ½ ounces soda water Muddle watermelon and reserve 1 ½ ounces of the juice. Place cucumber in mixing glass and muddle. Add reserved watermelon juice, gin, syrup, lime juice and a pinch of salt. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Fine strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with soda water. Garnish with a cucumber slice on rim. Makes 1 cocktail. From Aviation American Gin
Strange Brew

Strange Brew

Strange Brew 1 ½ ounces Aviation American Gin 1 ½ ounces freshly pressed pineapple juice ½ ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur ½ ounce freshly pressed lemon juice 1 ½ ounces Widmer Hefeweizen Mint, for garnish In a mixing glass, add gin, pineapple juice, St-Germain and lemon juice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Fine strain into a pilsner glass filled with crushed ice. Top with beer. Garnish with a mint sprig. Makes 1 cocktail. From Aviation American Gin Cele-Berry Punch   24 blackberries 8 strawberries 24 blueberries 12 ounces Aviation American Gin 4 ounces Cointreau 4 ounces simple syrup 6 ounces freshly pressed lemon juice 16 ounces soda water In a mixing bowl, muddle berries. Add gin, Cointreau, syrup and lemon juice. Mix. Fine strain into a punch bowl. Cover and cool until ready to serve. When ready, add a block of ice and soda water. Mix. Garnish with mixed berries and mint. Makes 8 servings. From Aviation American Gin Old Glory Punch 1 1/2 ounces Belvedere Lemon Tea Vodka ½ ounce almond syrup ¾ ounces lemon juice 3 ounces green tea Lemon wedge, for garnish To serve as a cocktail: Pour vodka, syrup, juice and tea over ice. Stir. Garnish with a lemon wedge. To serve as a punch: 375 milliliters Belvedere Lemon Tea Vodka 100 milliliters almond syrup 175 milliliters lemon juice 700 milliliters green tea Lemon slices, for garnish Blueberries, for garnish Add all ingredients to a pitcher or punch bowl over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and blueberries. From Belvedere Vodka
Patriot Punch

Patriot Punch

Patriot Punch 2 parts Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey 1 part DeKuyper Apricot Brandy 1 part Cranberry Juice 2 parts Champagne Lemon slices, for garnish To serve as a cocktail: Pour all ingredients over ice in a stemless red wine glass. Stir. Garnish with a lemon slice. To serve as a punch: Double the recipe and multiply by the number of guests you plan to serve. Add Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey, DeKuyper Apricot Brandy and cranberry juice to a punch bowl, stir and refrigerate. When guests arrive, add Champagne and lemon wheels. Serve over ice in stemless red wine glasses. From Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey  
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