Carrot ginger mango daiquiri

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2 oz Bolthouse Farms mango ginger + carrot drink
2 oz white rum
1/4 oz Cointreau
Dash of Regan’s Orange Bitters No. 6

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Eau Canada cocktail

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Happy Canada Day! My challenge was to make a cocktail that did not need me to open any container that would require being added to our already overloaded fridge. I also had some very ripe strawberries to use up.

1 1/2 oz white rum
1 oz Hpnotiq liqueur
2 tablespoons finely strained fresh strawberry purée

Shake well over ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Add crushed ice. Sip and enjoy!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Tiki Daiquiri

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I’ve been on vacation from creating new cocktails for a few weeks, but I am back with one of my favourite early summer tastes – strawberry and rhubarb!

2 oz white rum
1 oz crushed strawberries (cleaned and hulled)
1 oz homemade rhubarb syrup or rhubarb drink concentrate (SAFT RABARBER from IKEA)
1/2 oz fresh lime juice
3 or 4 drops Bittermen’s Elemakule Tiki bitters

Shake well with ice and fine strain into cocktail glass. Serve with ice.

Zingiber cocktail

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I love ginger. My first drink of choice in my young and foolish days was rye and ginger ale. I don’t keep ginger ale in the house anymore but some days crave it, and today was one of those days, so I made up a batch of ginger syrup (recipe below) and made this cocktail with it. It’s not any more impressive looking than my rye and ginger ale of old, but it hits the spot.

1 oz spiced rum
1 oz passion fruit juice
1/2 oz Lillet Blanc
2 oz strong ginger ale

Gently stir ingredients together in an ice-filled old fashioned or rocks glass.

If you have some time on your hands and some fresh ginger, make your own ginger ale using soda water and this delicious ginger syrup recipe by David Lebovitz.

Soul syrup cocktail

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Rooh afza is a sweet syrup used in India and Pakistan to flavour sorbets, cold drinks and desserts. The name means “that which nourishes the soul” in Urdu. It has a faintly piney, rosy aroma and flavour. I have been experimenting with adding a small amount to summer cocktails. Although it is not normally mixed with alcohol, it seems to work.

2 oz pineapple juice
11/2 oz white rum
1/4 oz rooh afza