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lemonade with a kick 
by Yee-Fan Sun
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Homemade lemonade is one of summer's best treats. And while there's a simple perfection in the traditional version, made with nothing more than lemons, sugar and water, lemonade also offers itself up for a multitude of tasty variations on the theme. A good spiked homemade lemonade makes the perfect accompaniment to all those summertime barbecues; if you're looking for something a little different than plain ol' vodka dumped into a pitcher of lemonade, try out one of these fun recipes…

Note: All of these recipes can be made sans alcohol as well; you'll just need to add water (plain or sparkling) to taste.

minty spiked lemonade
Like regular lemonade, with a subtle touch of minty goodness.

1 cup mint leaves, packed
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1˝ cups fresh lemon juice
1˝ cups vodka

serves 6

Muddle the mint with the sugar and a little of the water using a spoon, until the mint aroma is released. Stir in the remaining water, lemon juice and vodka, and let the mixture sit for at least a half hour in the fridge, and up to a couple of hours. Strain, pressing on the mint leaves to extract all the liquid, and serve in a pitcher. Pour into old-fashioned glasses over plenty of ice. Garnish with lemon wedge or mint sprig.

watermelon limeade
I like to make this with gin, for an added grapefruitiness to the flavor, but if you're not a gin fan, vodka works dandy as well.

6 cups seedless (or deseeded) watermelon, cubed
1 cup simple syrup
1 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
big splash of grenadine
1˝ cups gin

serves 6

Make watermelon juice by pureeing the cubed melon in a blender, then straining to get rid of the sludge. Swirl the solids with a spoon to get out all that good juice. Mix the juice, simple syrup, lemon juice, grenadine, and vodka. Serve in a pitcher; pour into Collins glasses with plenty of ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

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