3 do-ahead pitcher-perfect cocktails for summer

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Watermelon Jalapeno Cooler

Beat the heat and relax with your guests after you whip up these cooling concoctions ahead of time.

Watermelon Jalapeño Cooler

3 cups of watermelon, frozen

2 limes, wedged

1 bunch of, mint

1-2 jalapeño pepper, diced.

5 cups tequila

splash of club soda

ice cubes if not using frozen watermelon

  • Puree frozen watermelon in a blender, (for a smoother cocktail strain).
  • In a large pitcher, muddle 1 lime, mint leaves, and 2 jalapeños.
  • Stir in the blended watermelon, tequila and a splash of soda.
  • Chill for 3-6 hours before serving.
  • Serve in ice-filled glasses and garnish with lime, mint, and jalapeño.


Strawberry Citrus Sangria

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1 large lemon, cut into round slices

1 large orange, cut into half-moon slices

1 1/2 cups strawberries, cubed

1 bottle dry white or red wine

1 1/2 cups sparkling wine

ice

  • In a large pitcher, layer lemon & orange slices plus the strawberries.
  • Mash the fruit with a muddler or large wooden spoon then top with red/white wine and sparkling wine.
  • Chill for 3-6 hours before serving. Serve in ice-filled glasses and garnish with fruit in pitcher.
  • For the kids, leave out the wine and use seltzer and sparkling apple cider.

Orange Negroni

1 cup gin

1 cup sweet vermouth

1 cup Campari

1 whole orange peeled, sliced into strips

ice

  • In an ice-filled pitcher pour in all ingredients except for orange peel.
  • Twist orange peel strips and stir into pitcher and chill for 2 hours.
  • Strain into 8 cocktail glasses but keep chilled until ready to serve.

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