The Backyard Bartender

55 Cool Summer Cocktails

by Nicole Aloni

Hardcover, 111 pages, Random House Inc, List Price: $16.95 | purchase

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The Backyard Bartender
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55 Cool Summer Cocktails
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A delectable compilation of cool summertime cocktail recipes explains how to combine fresh fruit juices, sodas, liqueurs, alcoholic beverages, and other unique ingredients to create a trendy assortment of libations to suit any occasion, from summer supper, to cocktail party, to special-occasion gala. 20,000 first printing.

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ipanema punch
Makes 12

Glass: Tall or punch cup
Garnish: Mint leaves and 12 pineapple wedges

All of the flavors of the tropics make an appearance in this sensational, lemon-hued punch—banana, rum, pineapple, and orange. Serve this at a BBQ featuring great pork ribs.

   • 1⁄2 cup Cointreau
   • 2 cups light rum
   • 3 ounces crème de banane
   • 1 cup pink grapefruit juice
   • 2 cups fresh orange juice
   • 1⁄2 cup fresh lime juice
   • 1 cup pineapple juice
   • 36 frozen whole strawberries or raspberries
   • 3 to 4 cups ginger ale


In a large bowl, combine the Cointreau, rum, crème de banane, grapefruit juice, orange juice, lime juice, and pineapple juice. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour or overnight.

Pour the mixture into a punch bowl or large pitcher. Add the frozen berries   (as “ice cubes”).

Top with ginger ale and stir gently to blend. Garnish each glass.