8 Refreshing Cocktails To Imbibe This Summer

8 Refreshing Cocktails To Imbibe This Summer

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Refreshing summer cocktails are flourishing at bars and restaurants all over town, with a wide variety of colorful concoctions featuring fresh, fruit-forward flavors that make for some deceptively potent potables.

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    For a simple yet elegant summer option unsullied with lots of fillers (read: it's strong), try The Jasmine ($13). With the exception of some fresh lemon juice, this bad boy boasts a pure liquor lineup including Beefeater 24 gin, Cointreau and Campari.
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    Sangria Slushies ($8)--wine before liquor blah blah blah just look at those beautiful, refreshing glasses of boozy ice. We're not saying you won't have a bit of a brain freeze/sugar high/hangover, but that if you get them it'll be well worth the pain.
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    The Tito Jackson ($12) has two namesakes: under-appreciated Jackson 5 member Tito Jackson, and the Tito’s Vodka that’s shaken with muddled chunks of juicy watermelon, fresh basil leaves, honey and lemon.
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    The Spring Pea Mojito ($14), a totally bonkers version of the classic cocktail that includes spring peas and house-made lavender-infused rum, biodynamic elderflower syrup, lime and yuzu.
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    Don't be startled by its blue hue; the Aviation isn't a fruity cocktail from your nightmares, but rather a delightfully retro glass of gin, creme de violette and lemon that's as lovely to sip on as it is to gaze upon.
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    The Tick Tick BOOM ($13) gets its kick not only from a healthy shot of silver tequila but also from the addition of jalapeno into the mix. It's not all bite, however, as honey and strawberry are also part of the recipe.
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    No lime shortage can stop the Basil Gimlet ($12). A classic gimlet, traditionally heavy on the lime, gets muddled with fresh basil leaves, imparting a fresh, minty flavor to the Bulldog gin base.
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    The views aren't to be missed, and neither is their Secret Garden ($20), a twist on the classic martini that even James Bond would approve of. Creator Gates Otsuji tells us his creation is "the cleanest dirty martini I can offer".
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