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After making burrata with corn and tomatoes, I just couldn’t throw away the corn cobs without squeezing every sweet drop of summer from them. Since I only had a few, I couldn’t make enough corn stock to be worthwhile for soup. Using the same technique, however, I was able to produce enough sweet corny liquid to create a simple syrup for cocktails.

Place corn cobs in a pot and add enough water to cover. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer, and cook to extract flavor, about 30-45 minutes. Strain, and combine however much corn stock you have with equal parts sugar (ex.: 1 cup stock requires 1 cup sugar).

Use anywhere you would use standard simple syrup. For me, whisky was a natural partner, so I combined 3 parts of the spirit with 1 part corn simple syrup and topped it with club soda. A great cocktail to help transition into fall.

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Several years ago I was fortunate enough not only to take a vacation with my family, but to take it in Hawaii. It was the perfect marriage of physical activities and pure laziness, and peppered throughout were many a mai tai. Being that it is summer and I cannot be much farther away from Hawaii if I tried, I thought it was high time I create my own version of this iconic libation that so impeccably represents the season.

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2 parts dark rum
1 part amaretto
1 part pineapple juice
Club soda (optional)

Combine rum, amaretto and pineapple juice and stir. Pour over ice and top with club soda, if desired.

Consume outdoors, guinea-style, like I do (and am doing, right now): in a lawn chair on my front porch. Perhaps I’ll pick a flower and stick it in my hair…Passersby, be jealous.

1 cantaloupe, large dice
Mint sprigs, for muddling
Vodka

1. Using a blender, immersion blender, or food processor, puree the cantaloupe until smooth. The cantaloupe juice is more gritty than the watermelon juice, so you may want to strain it (I didn’t).
2. Add ice to a tall glass or jelly jar.
3. Pour vodka over the ice and add mint sprigs. Muddle the mint with the handle of a wooden spoon until bruised.
4. Top off with cantaloupe juice, stir, and sip away.

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A cleanse from the work week, more specifically. And hey–in the realm of cocktails, this one actually has some health benefits. There’s potassium, lycopene, vitamins A and C, and a bit of fiber. So there.

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1/2 seedless watermelon, cubed
2 limes
vodka

1. Using a blender, immersion blender, or food processor, puree the watermelon until smooth. Feel free to strain, but it is lovely just how it is.
2. Add ice to a tall glass or jelly jar.
3. Pour vodka over the ice and squeeze lime juice into the glass.
4. Top off with watermelon juice, stir, and sip away.