In-Season Cocktails: 3 Essential Recipes For the End of Summer

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We only have a few more days before summer officially comes to an end, but that doesn’t mean the party needs to stop. You better believe we’re wrapping it up in a major way, toasting to summer with the following in-season cocktails.

Join us, won’t you?

Tequila-Watermelon Cocktail: What says summer more than sweet and juicy watermelon? Celebrate this fruit before it leaves for another nine months with this festive creation from chef Bobby Flay. See recipe

Sweet and Sour Cherry Sour: Another summer favorite? Bright, red cherries. Grab a bag from the store (the Bing variety packs the sweetest punch), and whip up your own cherry simple syrup for this boozy and sophisticated version of a Shirley Temple. See recipe

Cucumber Cooler: You may see cucumbers at the supermarket all year long, but the fruit (yes, they’re technically a fruit) really hit their peak in the mid to late summer. Mix cucumbers and mint for a more refreshing take on the classic gin and tonic. See recipe

Here at Cocktail Builder, we’re all about using seasonal ingredients whenever we can. Not only do fruits and vegetables taste best at their peaks, but they also happen to be cheaper as well. We highly recommend incorporating in-season produce into both your cooking and your cocktails. Simply in Season is a wonderful resource, not only for recipes but for its easy-to-understand guide on buying and preparing produce all year round.

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