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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: Almond Peach Pit Milk — Recipes from The Kitchn

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When you're knee-deep in peaches this summer and you've got their sticky juice running down to your elbows, make this recipe. It actually doesn't call for the sweet, fleshy fruit at all — it calls for the pits, those nubby, hard-as-rock things that usually get thrown into the trash or compost pile. They might not look like much, but they hold a whole lot of flavor inside. Here, when steeped in almond milk, they transform a seemingly simple-looking glass of the non-dairy stuff into one with serious character: It's deeper in almond flavor and just ever-so-slightly reminiscent of peaches. Drink it straight; pour it over granola, museli, and oatmeal; or use it to make a peach smoothie even peachier.

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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: Chilled Lemon-Dill Cucumber Noodles — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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When it's hot outside, twirl your fork around these thin, ultra-crisp cucumber noodles dressed with a tangy vinaigrette of lemon zest, olive oil, a little garlic, and dill. It's a versatile side dish or the base for a light lunch. My favorite is a bowl of these "noodles" topped with some smoked or seared salmon. It's a tasty combo that can't be beat when the temperatures start to climb.

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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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Recipe: Sparkling Strawberry Cucumber Sangria — Pitcher Cocktails

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This pitcher sangria is all you need to start a party this summer. Invite a few friends over, stir it up, and consider the remaining details unimportant. You could throw a few burgers on the grill, make some sides, and feel like a champion. But honestly, even if you just scraped together whatever hunks of cheese you have in the fridge, set out that half-empty tub of hummus, and then ordered in pizza, it would still be a celebration. That's because this sangria is fruity, fresh, and, most importantly, fizzy — and bubbles always make for a party.

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