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Frozen Hula Hoop

A sweet-tart blend of pineapple, raspberry, and lemon adds fresh fruit flavor to this slushy frozen drink from Erick Castro spiked with white rum, Aperol, and dry red wine. With plenty of heat from the trio of alcohols, those fresh summer fruits keep the drink well balanced. Make your own raspberry syrup by infusing simple syrup with fresh berries, or purchase a bottle at the liquor store or online.

Stop the Hourglass

Chantal Tseng's take on a refreshing summer drink pairs juicy, ripe peaches with cool and refreshing mint tea. Amontillado sherry, with notes of vanilla and toasted hazelnuts, adds a sweet, pleasant complexity to this frozen sipper. The fresh peaches and mint tea ice cubes tame the heat of the alcohol and ginger.

Be Cool

Boozy, bitter, and tart, this vibrant red blended drink sips like a frozen Negroni. It's the perfect not-too-sweet boozy frozen summer slushy. Keyatta Mincey-Parker's method of infusing the blanc vermouth with whole dried hibiscus flowers imparts their fruity and floral sweetness without masking the delicate aromas and flavor.

Jardín Verde Non-Alcoholic Cocktail

For Julia Bainbridge, going booze-free isn't about doing without-the nonalcoholic bottles and cocktails she celebrates are extra in the best way possible. This refreshing nonalcoholic cocktail from Bryan Dayton is featured in Bainbridge's book, Good Drinks. It is sweet and mildly bitter from Seedlip Garden 108 with botanical notes that shine with the addition of fragrant, herbal tonic water.

It's Patagonian Negroni Season

Made with a spirit called Träkál, the Patagonian Negroni is a South American play on the classic Italian aperitif.

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Patagonian Negroni

A Chilean twist on an Italian Favorite, this Negroni swaps out gin for Trakal, an herbaceous spirit from Northern Patagonia. Matias Supan, the bartender-owner of Santiago's Seite Negro, uses slightly less Trakal than you would gin so that the spirit doesn't overpower the Campari and vermouth.

Grapefruit Vodka Soda

Letting vodka steep with grapefruit segments-you don't want the bitter pith here-gives you a juicy, fresh grapefruit-infused vodka that retains the fruit's vibrant flavor and needs nothing more than club soda and ice to become a delicious, bone-dry cocktail. Orange, tangerine, and Meyer lemon would all be delicious here, too.

Watermelon Daiquiri

Preparing fresh watermelon juice gives this blend-and-sip cocktail from Ten to One distillery CEO/founder Marc Farrell a burst of cool melon flavor, though fresh, high quality store-bought juice will work here, too. It’s a rum drink for margarita lovers, with a salted rim that balances tart lime juice with sweet agave syrup and just as easily makes 1 drink with leftover juice as it does 8 for a crowd.