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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

COOK'S CORNER: Summer Sips

Molson Canadian launched an ad campaign for their beer last summer that should strike a chord in the hearts of cold-weather dwellers everywhere. The commercial began with a camera panning a dark and desolate pub populated by attractively discontent youth. Suddenly, through a grimy window comes a faltering ray of sunlight, which grows stronger as the patrons' grins grow wider. In a mad rush, everyone heads for The Patio and transforms into a party-crowd happily imbibing the first outdoor cocktail of summer.

We have but a brief window of opportunity for hitting the deck. In Canada, there's a saying about our brief summers: We've got eight months of winter and four months of bad sledding. The Russian equivalent of this saying is: We've got 11 months of winter and the rest of the year it's just summer, summer, summer!

So f in between those cloud bursts f get outside and sip away on the last days of summer.

Minted Vodka Lemonade

250 ml (1 cup) chopped mint leaves

150 ml (2/3 cup) sugar

250 ml (1 cup) fresh lemon juice

375 ml (1.5 cups) vodka

Crushed ice

Combine mint and lemon in a large bowl. Stir in lemon juice and vodka. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Strain mixture into pitcher. Fill six 8-ounce glasses with crushed ice. Pour vodka mixture over ice. Serves 6

Watermelon Daiquiris

1 kg (2 lbs.) watermelon pulp, seeded and well-chilled

125 ml (1/2 cup) lime juice, or to taste

45 ml (3 tbsp.) superfine sugar

15 ml (3 tsp.) orange-flavor liqueur (optional)

250 ml + 10 ml (1 cup + 2 tsp.) dark rum

Crushed ice

In a blender or food processor, puree watermelon, lime juice, sugar, orange liqueur and rum until smooth. Add crushed ice and process for another 3-5 seconds. Divide among six large, stemmed glasses.


2 limes

2 oranges

2 lemons

1 peach or nectarine

125 ml (1/2 cup) sugar

125 ml (1/2 cup) Grand Marnier

125 ml (1/2 cup) cognac

2 bottles dry red or white wine

1 bottle (750 ml) soda water

Slice fruit and place in a large pitcher. Add sugar, liqueur, cognac and one bottle of wine. Chill for 4 to 8 hours. Chill remaining wine and soda water. An hour before serving, add wine and stir well. Just before serving, add lots of ice and soda water to taste. Makes enough for 12.

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