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refreshing summer cocktails

Its the perfect hot weather for a cooling spritzer alcoholic or non. Wonderful drink recipes await your blending and sipping--like this luscious Raspberry & Watermelon sparkling ice tea-via Dragon's Kitchen.

(Serves 9)

4 cups boiling water 3 raspberry tea bags 1 cup raspberries 1 cinnamon stick 1/2 cup sugar 2 tablespoons Raspberry Liquor 4 cups of watermelon, chilled, pureed/strained 3 cups sparkling wine , chilled *** (see note)

Directions:

1. To the boiling water add the tea bags, 1/2 the raspberries, cinnamon stick, sugar and liquor. Let stand. Remove the cinnamon stick after 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags after 10 minutes.

2. Let the tea mixture come to room temperature. Chill for 2 hours.

3. Strain the tea mixture into a glass pitcher. Strain the watermelon juice through a fine strainer. Add the watermelon juice to the tea and mix well.

4. To serve, fill a tall glass 2/3 with the raspberry/watermelon tea. Top the glass with cold sparking wine. Garnish with raspberries and watermelon cubes.

*** Note: You can make this ice tea without the sparking wine. It will be sweeter without the wine so adjust the sugar to your liking. You can also substitute the wine with ginger ale or club soda.)

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