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7 Ultra Summery Drinks to Send Summer Off With a Bang

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As painful as it is to admit, summer is drawing to a close, and our golden days of sunshine, beach parties, short shorts and wide-brimmed hats are numbered. While we could sulk knowing that winter is just around the corner, we refuse to let thoughts of cold wind and snow ruin the rest of our hot, hazy days. Instead, we plan to bid farewell to summer the best, booziest way we know how: with the iciest summer drinks our shakers and blenders can muster. From slushy masterpieces and boozy pops to giant servings of chilled, fruity goodness, here are seven ultra-summery cocktails to help you say goodbye to the season.

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Nothing screams summer fun like a frozen cocktail garnished with a popsicle. This blended raspberry Margarita takes summer boozing to a whole new level by transforming the ubiquitous frozen Marg into the ultimate summer sipper. More brain freeze, please.

The Essentials

Tequila
Sour Mix
Cointreau
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Watermelon and Mojitos are two of summer’s greatest staples, and they pair beautifully together in these juicy pops. Just let watermelon slices soak in a mix of rum, mint syrup and lime juice, and you’ve got the ideal handheld summer sendoff.

The Essentials

watermelon
white rum
mint syrup
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If you plan to throw one more breezy bash this season, whip up a batch of this rosé-based Sangria for your guests. It has all the requisite summer ingredients like fresh peaches and berries, a healthy pour of the pink wine, and plenty of edible flowers for garnish.

The Essentials

Vodka
Crème de Pèche
Sparkling Rosé
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Melons are at their prime in summer, and we’d hate to let any of those beautiful cantaloupes and watermelons go to waste. After you mix up an emerald-hued Melon Ball, garnish with as many melon balls as you can fit on a cocktail pick—and save a few to snack on, too.

The Essentials

Midori
vodka
Fresh squeezed orange juice
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Though vodka and tequila are more obvious choices for summer sips, whiskey is key in some of the season’s most refreshing cocktails. In this extra-refreshing sipper, a hefty pour of bourbon pairs seamlessly with fresh blackberry purée and lemonade to create a delightfully grown-up version of your favorite childhood drink.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Blackberries
Lemon Juice
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We can’t get enough of the popsicle-in-cocktail trend, and this easy going drink is a prime example of why we love it so much. Submerge a creamy, melon-flavored pop into a blend of cachaça, aloe liqueur and coconut water, and this refreshing sipper will cure even the most intense inner sunburn.

The Essentials

cachaça
aloe liqueur
coconut water
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Whether you’re sick of the Frosé trend or not, this berry-fortified frozen treat is about as summery as it gets. Whip up a syrup using fresh raspberries and strawberries from your farmer’s market and throw it in the freezer with a full bottle of rosé and some dry vermouth. Then let all the end-of-summer vibes sink in.

The Essentials

Rosé
Dry Vermouth
Berry Syrup

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