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5 Iced Coffee Upgrades That Make It Even Easier to Get Your Caffeine Fix — Recipe Templates from The Kitchn

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Some may argue that iced coffee is such a perfect warm-weather drink, so why not just leave well and good alone? You see, I don't agree because it's a perfect template for experimentation. Coffee works well with so many other flavors that riffing on the beverage is not only fun, but it also turns out to be seriously successful. If you thought regular iced coffee was great, just wait until you give one (or all) of these twists a try.

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Recipe: Watermelon Prosecco Punch — Summer Pitcher Cocktails

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To me, serving a cocktail that involves bubbles makes just about any occasion feel like a celebration — even if it's only an impromptu Thursday barbecue. That's what makes this punch so important to have on your roster this summer. Cubes of fresh, juicy watermelon bob in a pitcher of Prosecco and the whole thing is brightened up further with fresh mint leaves. It's a cocktail that is sure to turn even the most laid-back, thrown-together affair feel extra festive and fun.

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Recipe: Spicy Pineapple Punch — Summer Pitcher Cocktails

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Here is exactly the drink you need to stir up for your next Taco Tuesday. It's got a spicy kick from muddled jalapeños to keep things interesting, but just enough sweet tang from the pineapple juice to prevent the heat from overwhelming your taste buds. The colorful punch is sure to be a hit at any and all parties you serve it at, whether there are tacos involved or not.

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Recipe: Sparkling Raspberry Ginger Beer — Summer Pitcher Cocktails

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I casually set this pitcher cocktail and some ice-filled glasses out for a group of friends — bourbon-lovers (myself included) and non-bourbon-lovers alike. I didn't give too much away about what was in the drink. Those who claimed they weren't a fan of the brown spirit went for a second pour before the rest of us did.

That's because this drink is so much more than whiskey — it's fruity, gingery, and, most importantly, bubbly. These elements make it a hit among a crowd. The bourbon adds a nutty, caramel-like note to the pitcher to round it out, so truly everyone ends up being a fan. And for you, the host, did I mention this only requires three hard-working ingredients?

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Recipe: 3-Ingredient Honey-Lime Sauce — 3-Ingredient Summer Sauces

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As grilling season heats up, you're going to want to include this simple and oh-so-versatile sauce in your repertoire. Stir it together in mere minutes with three basic ingredients — honey, lime, and soy sauce — and you have a flavor-packed condiment that is just the right balance of sweet, salty, and sour. And since it pairs well with everything from the grill and beyond, it's one of our favorite sauces of the season.

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Recipe: Cucumber Gin & Tonic Pitcher Cocktail — Summer Pitcher Drinks

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My favorite cocktail is a gin and tonic. But sometimes, even if I use extra-fancy tonic water and good gin, it feels like it just needs a little bit more. Sure, a lime will do, but what about something a touch different? Something that could transform it into a party-ready cocktail rather than the quiet cocktail I sip on Sunday evenings. The answer to this dilemma is a slew of cucumbers — oh, and a big ol' pitcher so that it can be batched and served up to whatever thirsty crowd you happen to invite over.

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