50 Summer Drinks

Drink up! Food Network Magazine made enough sodas, shakes and cocktails to last all season.

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Drinks, Frozen Drinks, Lemonade, Liquor, Mixed Drinks
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41. Melon Sangria: Mix 1 bottle white wine, 1/2 cup green melon liqueur, the juice of 3 limes and 1/4 cup sugar in a pitcher; chill. Garnish with melon balls.

42. Cucumber Water: Combine 1 gallon ice water, 1 sliced lemon and 1/2 sliced cucumber; chill.

43. Bluetini Drizzle: 2 teaspoons blue curaçao into a chilled martini glass; add 2 dashes orange bitters. Shake a shot of blueberry vodka with ice in a shaker, then strain into the glass; garnish with blueberries.

44. Boozy Cherry Pop: Pour 2 ounces each cherry syrup and gin over ice; add a splash of seltzer. Float a layer of red wine on top by pouring over the back of a spoon; garnish with a maraschino cherry.

45. Rosemary Gin & Tonic: Mash a lime wedge with 4 cucumber slices in a glass. Add 2 ounces gin, a sprig of rosemary and some ice; top with tonic.

46. Caramel-Java Freeze: Purée 1/2 cup espresso, 1/2 cup milk, 2 tablespoons each caramel sauce and sugar and 1 cup crushed ice. Pour into 2 glasses; top with whipped cream and caramel.

47. Champagne Punch: Mix 1 bottle champagne, 2 cups seltzer, 1 cup peach nectar and 1/2 cup brandy in a punch bowl; add sliced peaches and berries.

48. Raspberry Shrub: Fill a jar with raspberries; cover with cider vinegar and steep overnight. Strain into a saucepan and add 1 cup sugar per 1 cup liquid; boil 15 minutes, then cool. Combine 3 tablespoons shrub in a glass with ice, lime juice and seltzer.

49. Ginger Juice: Soak 1 cup grated ginger in 8 cups water overnight. Add 1 cup sugar; simmer 1 hour, strain and chill. Stir in a dash of almond extract and serve over ice; top with seltzer.

50. White-Grape Spritzer: Mix equal parts white grape juice and lemon-lime soda; serve over ice with sliced fruit.

Photographs by Sang An