Cheers! It's Time for a Summer Cocktail (or Mocktail)

CocktailsBeers200Time to break out the blender, hijack the kids' popsicle trays, and whip up some frosty cocktails to beat the heat.

To that end, below are some of my favorite new cocktail books for summer that will have you selecting just the right rosé, mixing up exotic libations or crafting a special mocktail at your next soireé or relaxing evening at home.

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Sloshies: 102 Boozy Cocktails Straight from the Freezer by Jerry Nevins
Forget those yard-long booze slushies from Las Vegas and New Orleans--the recipes in this cookbook use fresh ingredients and no special equipment.  Tart or sweet--I think you're going to want more than just one (I know I do...)

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Beach Cocktails: Favorite Surfside Sips and Bar Snacks by Coastal Living
Even if you're stuck in a concrete jungle, the gorgeous photographs in Beach Cocktails will transport you to sun-soaked shores.  Hawaiian Mai Tais, Key West Rum Runners, and more--the tropical drinks you associate with palm trees and cool blue water await in these pages.

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Rosé All Day: The Essential Guide to Your New Favorite Wine by Katherine Cole
Rosé has come a long way from the old cloying flavors of the past. Now it's the wine to drink on a sunny summer afternoon or evening, and this is the book to tell you how to choose a good one.

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Tiki Cocktails: 200 Super Summery Drinks by Dave Adams
If you like Pina Coladas...Retro cocktails are cool again and tiki is back on top. Classic tiki cocktails are accompanied by new twists for the modern home bar.

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Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz by Kat Odell
Spending a day at the pool with a drink in hand is a good time, but can also have you falling asleep before dinner... Kat Odell has the answer with low-alcohol cocktails for enjoyable day drinking that will still enable you to make it out for an evening meal.

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The Poptail Manual: Over 90 Delicious Frozen Cocktails by Kathy Kordalis
Popsicles + cocktails = Poptails!  So many recipes it's hard to know where to start.  Gin & Tonic pops?  Um, yes.  I made the Dirty Banana Coffee pops and they were beyond delicious...

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Mocktails, Punches, and Shrubs: Over 80 Nonalcoholic Drinks to Savor and Enjoy by Vikas Khanna
80+ recipes for gorgeous alcohol-free beverages, created by a Michelin-starred chef.  Sangrias, shrubs, and crafty infusions accompany more traditional punches and smoothies.

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