The careless, wonderful art of summer cocktails

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The careless, wonderful art of summer cocktails

AP Food Editor J.M. Hirsch shares his favorite summer cocktail recipes for, clockwise from top, Trashy Red Wine Sangria, Vodka Watermelon Slushie, Pisco Sour and Gin and Bitter Lemon.
Pisco Sour

Start to finish: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Ingredients:
2½ ounces pisco
1½ ounces lime juice
1½ ounces simple syrup
1½ tablespoons egg white
½ cup ice
Method:
Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
Pour into a large, heavy glass and serve immediately.

Gin and Bitter Lemon

Start to finish: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Ingredients:
1 to 2 slices lemon
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 ounces gin
Ice
Bitter lemon tonic
Fresh mint, to garnish
Method:
In a medium, heavy glass, combine the lemon slices and sugar.
Gently muddle, then add the gin and enough ice to mostly fill the glass.
Top with bitter lemon tonic, then stir and garnish with fresh mint.

Trashy Red Wine Sangria

Note: If you feel so inclined, go ahead and float some raspberries or sliced strawberries in this, too.
Start to finish: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Ingredients:
1 to 2 slices orange
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 to 2 tablespoons sugar
4 ounces red wine
Ice
Seltzer water (optional)
Method:
In a large, heavy glass, combine the orange slices, lime juice and sugar.
Gently muddle, then add the wine and enough ice to mostly fill the glass. Stir.
If desired, top with a splash of seltzer for bubbles.

Vodka Watermelon Slushie

Start to finish: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Ingredients:
1½ cups watermelon chunks
½ cup ice
1½ ounces vodka
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce honey or simple syrup
Pinch salt
Method:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until very smooth and frothy.
Pour into a large, heavy glass and serve immediately.

The careless, wonderful art of summer cocktails

AP Food Editor J.M. Hirsch shares his favorite summer cocktail recipes for, clockwise from top, Trashy Red Wine Sangria, Vodka Watermelon Slushie, Pisco Sour and Gin and Bitter Lemon.
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