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Cool Cocktails

Memorial Day Weekend may not be the official start of summer, but in our minds it rings in barbecue season, flip flop weather and many patio parties with ice-cold cocktails to come!

While the holiday weekend is just a couple of workdays away,  it isn’t too late to get everything you need for a festive summer. There’s still time to enter the UncommonGoods and Fresh Home Ideas Ultimate BBQ Giveaway for your chance to win a bundle of great BBQ goods. The entry deadline is June 19; so in the meantime why not cool off with a refreshing concoction? These recipes are sure to make your next gathering a summer sensation, and we’ve picked out the perfect accessories to make mixing them a breeze.

The Drink?
Looking for a grown-up twist on a summer favorite? Instead of lemonade, try a Lemon Drop Martini.

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Graffiti Cocktail Shaker

Graffiti Cocktail Shaker

Shake up your next party with this clever cocktail shaker. The cute spray-can design will get a laugh out of your guests, and when filled with liquid and ice it even sounds like the real thing when you give it a shake.

The Drink?
Fresh and sweet, the Mint Julep is a summer standard.

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Glow in the Dark Drink Stirrers

Glow in the Dark Stirrers

Prefer your drink stirred? Add a few cubes or some crushed ice to your Julep (or your favorite cocktail), then give it a stir. Bonus? When the sun goes down, these drink stirrers light up!

The Drink?
With just three simple ingredients (gin, sweetened lime juice and sugar) and a bit of ice, the Gin Gimlet is an easy classic summer cocktail.

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On the Rocks Lowball Glasses

Rocks Glasses

These lowball glasses are the perfect way to keep your favorite summer cocktails simple, yet elegant. The colors are courtesy of the bottles these handmade recycled glasses are made from:  herbal liqueur (green), gin (light blue) and vodka (clear and dark blue).

The Drink?

Filled with oranges, apples or your other favorite fruits, Sangria looks as good as tastes.

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Happy Hour Carafe

Happy Hour Carafe

Presentation can be important when mixing drinks by the pitcher. The insulated Happy Hour Carafe not only keeps your summer drinks cold, it also acts as functional centerpiece, letting you show off the floating fruit in your more elaborate blends.

The Drink?

Need a break from typical sweet summer drinks? A White Wine Spritzer is a light and bubbly alternative.

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A Date with Wine Bottle Stopper

A Date with Wine

A chic way to preserve wine, this bottle stopper lets you mark when the bottle was opened.

Written by Cassie

Cassie spends most of her time at work writing things. She loves books (including comics), sketch comedy, and sci-fi. She's inspired by art and science. As a former Minnesotan, she longs for an afternoon on a lake, Grain Belt in hand. The New Yorker in her is happy spending that afternoon at the American Museum of Natural History instead.

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