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Daiquiri

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While Hemingway’s version added maraschino and cut back on the sugar due to his diabetes, Papa wasn’t wrong about the glory of the daiquiri. Rum, lime and a teaspoon of sugar are shaken until icy and poured lovingly into a simple coupe glass. Powerful and bracing, but with enough...

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Vodka

Cosmopolitan

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We readily admit that the Cosmo is, in many ways, a cocktail from another age (even if it’s only ten years ago). But we also have learned that sometimes people just want what they want. Just like there are folks who will only drink a Martini or an Old...

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Do we love this drink? Yes, oh yes. In a tall glass, the greens and yellows reflecting in the light, this is a drink that cries out for a chaise lounge and a veranda.

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watermelon_cooler

As you will quickly discover, the Watermelon Cooler is a symphony of just a few ingredients with a minimal amount of alteration done to them.

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Vodka

Chi Chi

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This is what you might call an entry-level “tiki” drink. Coconut, pineapple and booze that’s tasteless, but in the best of all possible ways. The Chi Chi, which subs vodka for the rum in a Pina Colada, has been around for a long while (the P.C. originated in Puerto...

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Vodka

Cape Cod

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Okay, we admit it. This is essentially a vodka cranberry, but with the addition of lime juice and club soda, it’s rather more like a highball spritz. It’s also a great base for countless variations of cranberry juice plus another juice – adding grapefruit juice makes it a Sea...

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Vodka

Huntsman

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We don’t know the origins of the Huntsman cocktail, but we do like the simple combination of vodka, rum, lime juice, and sugar. For all intents, this is a variation on a daiquiri, albeit a bit headier due to the darker rum. The traditional Huntsman calls for Jamaican-style rum...

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White Rum

Not So Blue Hawaii

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You may have guessed that we dislike anything that smacks of fakery. Ersatz maraschino cherries, whipped cream vodka (who created that?!), and of course, blue curacao, an orange liqueur colored, yes, blue. Now, ironically, the only thing different about blue curacao versus regular curacao is the color; it tastes...

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