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Cucumber mojito and other summer cocktails

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Refreshing summer cocktails

As the weather heats up, lighter summer cocktails, like a cool cucumber mojito, are a popular and refreshing poolside choice. Heavy winter drinks have fallen out of favor and those cool mint, cucumber and citrus drinks are simply irresistible in the summer heat. Here are a few sensational summer cocktail tips and recipes that will have you wishing the summer would never end.

Summer cocktail recipes

Cucumber Mojito

Makes 4 cocktails

2 cups cold water
1 cup diced fresh cucumber
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
12 fresh mint leaves
3/4 cup white rum
1 cup tonic water, chilled
4 fresh mint sprigs
4 fresh cucumber slices
4 fresh lime wedges

1. Combine cold water and cucumber in a blender and blend until smooth. Strain mixture through a fine sieve or cheesecloth and discard seeds and flesh.

2. Combine sugar, lime juice and mint leaves in a pitcher and muddle (mash together) with a wooden spoon.

3. Pour rum and cucumber mixture into the pitcher and stir well. Top with tonic.

4. Add ice to 4 serving glasses and pour cocktail mixture into glasses. Garnish with mint sprigs, a cucumber slice and lime wedge.

Tequila Red

Makes 4 cocktails

8 ounces white tequila
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2-1/2 cups fresh grapefruit juice
4 grapefruit wedges

1. Combine tequila, lime juice and grapefruit juice in a pitcher.

2. Add ice to 4 glasses and pour cocktail mixture into glasses. Garnish with grapefruit wedges.

Gin Julep

Makes 4 cocktails

1 cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
8 to 10 fresh mint leaves, torn
1 cup gin
Fresh mint sprigs

1. Combine water and sugar in a pot and heat over medium heat until sugar dissolves and mixture is syrupy. Remove pot from heat and stir in mint leaves, and let steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Strain mixture and chill until ready to use.

2. Combine mint syrup and gin in a pitcher. Add ice to 4 glasses and pour cocktail mixture over ice. Garnish with mint springs.

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