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The friends we vacation with every summer on the houseboat are always willing to try a new cocktail – which I am thrilled about and appreciative of, as I love to find interesting recipes and mix, blend and stir them up to share.

FRUIT COOLER

fruit cooler

1 (10-ounce) box frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed

3 cups ice

1 cup blueberries

1 banana

1/2 cup vodka

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/4 cup cream of coconut

Puree strawberries in a blender until smooth. Add ice, blueberries, banana, vodka, pineapple juice and cream of coconut. Process until smooth. Pour into glasses.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Southern Living, July 2007

www.southernliving.com/

APPLE AND PEAR SANGRIA

apple and pear sangria

2 (750ml) bottle Pinot Grigio

1 cup pear flavored vodka

1 cup fresh mint leaves

1 Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced

sparkling wine

In a large pitcher, stir together Pinot Grigio, vodka, mint and apple slices. Cover and refrigerate for an hour. Pour into glasses and top with sparkling wine.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Entertain Celebrate Decorate magazine

www.celebratemag.com/

SWEET TEA SPRITZER

sweet tea spritzer

Stir together 2 cups cranberry juice, 1 cups sweet-tea flavored vodka, and 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice in a large pitcher. Stir in ice cubes. Pour into glasses and top with seltzer.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Southern Living, June 2012

www.southernliving.com/

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