Temperatures just hit the high 90s in Maryland, so I thought we could mark the first week of summer with a fruity cocktail recipe to keep us cool. This sparkling summer drink, invented by my colleague Linda Wolpert, is wonderfully refreshing on a hot summer day. For an adult cocktail, add an ounce of rum to each glass.
Mango Lime Coolers
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh mint leaves, plus a few extra sprigs for garnish
6 limes, juice only (about 1 cup)
6 cups seltzer water
1/2 cup fresh mango, cut into 1/2-inch chunks, or use frozen.
Thaw the frozen mango, if using it. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water over medium-high heat and bring it to a boil. When it comes to a boil, stir in the mint, cover, and remove it from the heat. Let it cool for at least 5 minutes.
Strain the mint syrup into a pitcher (I use a fine metal strainer). Add the lime juice, seltzer and mangos. Serve it over ice, garnished with the extra mint sprigs.
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