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Thumb_14361_Red Wine Spritzer

Thumb_14361_Red Wine Spritzer

Who says you need to switch to white wine when the weather warms? Adding a bit of ice and fizz to a light red wine makes it exponentially more refreshing.

Thumb_21627_Gin Rickey

Thumb_21627_Gin Rickey

Embarrassingly simple to make, this classic cocktail from the turn of the 19th century was the first in a long line of Rickeys, dry cocktails usually made without any sweeteners: All you need is gin, a fresh lime, cold club soda -- and a powerful thirst. Read more about this recipe on the Cookthink blog.

Thumb_18205_Pumpkin Fritters

Thumb_18205_Pumpkin Fritters

These delicious pumpkin Bhajjias are one of Bombay's most popular snack foods, at home or on the streets. You can substitute soft cheeses like ricotta, Manouri or panir left to firm up and dry out in the fridge for a couple of days. Read more about this recipe in My Bombay Kitchen.

Thumb_15280_Gin Sling

Thumb_15280_Gin Sling

The original slings appeared at the end of the 17th century and were meant to serve as a shot-in-the-arm before breakfast. Eventually, gin became the default alcohol for slings. This recipe comes from Rob Chirico's Hair of the Dog. For more of Rob's great cocktails, buy his Field Guide to Cocktails.

Thumb_9495_Fresh Lemongrass Ginger Ale

Thumb_9495_Fresh Lemongrass Ginger Ale

Inspired by a recipe from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, this is a drink that will have your friends praising you to infinity and beyond. Read more about this recipe at Steamy Kitchen.

Thumb_8382_Butternut Squash Tempura With Soy-Lime Dipping Sauce

Thumb_8382_Butternut Squash Tempura With Soy-Lime Dipping Sauce

We like the zip of this tempura, which complements the sweetness of the squash. This is one of our favorite dipping sauces, but you might also mix it up and try an Italian green sauce or a salsa verde.

Thumb_13780_Banana Fritters With Strawberry Cream

Thumb_13780_Banana Fritters With Strawberry Cream

Use bananas that aren’t too ripe as they soften in the cooking process and you don’t want them to be complete mush. The turmeric in the batter makes the fritters a brighter gold. Read more about this recipe at Cook & Eat.

Thumb_19933_Summer Rain

Thumb_19933_Summer Rain

Rain Vodka is made entirely from organic white corn. The vodka is slightly sweet, which makes it a great choice to mix with the tart pomegranate liqueur. This recipe comes from Rob Chirico's Hair of the Dog. For more of Rob's great cocktails, buy his Field Guide to Cocktails.

Thumb_20519_The Americano

Thumb_20519_The Americano

Occasionally referred to as a neutered Negroni, the Americano is one of the original Campari cocktails. This recipe comes from Rob Chirico's Hair of the Dog. For more of Rob's great cocktails, buy his Field Guide to Cocktails.

Thumb_8702_Cauliflower Tempura With Soy Lime Sauce

Thumb_8702_Cauliflower Tempura With Soy Lime Sauce

The cold club soda in the batter intensifies the flavor of whatever you're frying. If you're serving these as a party appetizer, be sure to make them at the last minute. Tempura is best eaten hot, cooled just enough so that it doesn't burn your tongue.

Thumb_21177_Ramos Gin Fizz

Thumb_21177_Ramos Gin Fizz

More than just a regular Gin Fizz, this drink was formulated by the Ramos brothers in New Orleans in the late 1880s. Read more about it on the Cookthink blog. This recipe comes from Rob Chirico's Hair of the Dog. For more of Rob's great cocktails, buy his Field Guide to Cocktails.