Strawberry Margarita

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I was never a fan of blended drinks until I got a Vitamix and a fridge with an ice maker – now it’s margarita mayhem at my house come the weekend! It’s super hot today so needed something extra refreshing – these hit the spot!

Ingredients
1 1/2 lb frozen strawberries
8 oz tequila
4 oz lime juice
2 oz grand marnier
1/8 teaspoon fine salt
3 c ice

Place all of the ingredients except the ice in a blender and blend on high until smooth. Add the ice, pushing it to the bottom of the pitcher, and blend on high until smooth. Serve immediately.

Poets Dream Cocktail

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Another keeper from Imbibe magazine.

2 oz. gin
3/4 oz dry vermouth
1/4 oz. Bénédictine
2 dash orange bitters
Garnish: lemon twist

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice cubes. Strain and garnish.

The Opening Act Cocktail

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The first week back after the holidays calls for a Friday night cocktail! This one has two of my favorite ingredients, ginger liquor and Campari! Light and refreshing – the perfect opening act to the weekend.

2 oz domain canton
1/2 oz Campari
1/2 oz lime juice
Seltzer
Dash orange bitters

Combine in all ingredients in a colins glass, stir, add ice and top with seltzer and a lime wedge.

Serves 1.

Pear-Tini

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It’s been awhile since we have had cocktails- lets face a hangover & toddler party is a recipe for disaster. This is an amazing little cocktail!

Ingredients:
1½ parts St-Germain
1½ parts Pear Vodka
½ part freshly squeezed lime juice
1 dash Angostura bitters

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a sprinkle nutmeg.