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Chic Cocktails

Signature cocktails are a fun way to spruce up the cocktail hour!

Triple Shot Espresso

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Bean there, done that? Create a cuppa joe cocktail that delivers a java jolt.

• 1 shot Van Gogh Espresso Vodka
• 1 shot Kahlua coffee liqueur
• 1 shot espresso coffee, chilled
• Simple syrup, ground espresso beans and Demerara sugar Photo by Joe Deleo To make simple syrup, bring 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil.
Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat. Let cool to room temperature.
Dip rim of chilled martini glass in simple syrup, then in a mixture of ground espresso beans and Demerara sugar; let dry. Combine vodka, liqueur and coffee with ice in a cocktail shaker, and shake well. Strain into the glass.
Cheers Too martini glass, $30 for set of four; Mikasa, 800-833-4681, mikasa.com.
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Strawberry Watermelon Mojito

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It was mint to be: a sunny drink filled with a summer favorite-and no seeds.

• 1½ oz. Smirnoff Strawberry Vodka
• ½ oz. fresh lime juice
• ½ oz. mint-infused simple syrup
• 1 cup fresh seedless watermelon
• 1 bunch fresh mint leaves
• Club soda Photo by Joe Deleo To make mint syrup, bring 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup of water to a boil. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and add 8 to 10 mint leaves. Let cool for
30 minutes. Strain. Combine vodka, lime juice, simple syrup, ½ cup of watermelon and about 10 mint leaves in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain into a glass with ice and remaining watermelon. Top with club soda. Garnish with additional mint leaf.
Cocktail created by the Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach, Florida. Jocasta margaritaglass, $81; William Yeoward Crystal, 800-818-8484, .Sterling Rope stirrer,
$100 for set of four; Lunt Silversmiths, 800-242-2774,luntsilver.com.
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Saketini

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Warm day, cool drink: Sake replaces vermouth in this Asian-style martini.

- 2 oz. Ketel One Vodka
- 2 oz. Masumi Okuden Kantsukuri Sake
- Strip or slice of seedless cucumber Photo by Joe Deleo Combine vodka and sake with ice in a cocktail shaker, and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with cucumber.
Cocktail created by Koi at the Bryant Park Hotel, NYC. Cirrus martini glass, $43 for set of four; Dansk, 800-293-2675, dansk.com. Sterling-silver Her martini pick
(part of Him/Her set), $85 per pair; Janet Torelli, 773-388-2388, martinipic.com.

{Recipes thanks to Brides.com.}

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