summer cocktails in my Vitamix + giveaway

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Good afternoon and happy summertime! Today I am so excited to share with you three incredible summer cocktails that I made in my Vitamix AND I also have an incredible Vitamix machine giveaway for one lucky iheartcleveland.com reader. Stay tuned!

I don’t know about you, but I am finally just getting into the summertime mood. Flip flops, lots of sunscreen, evenings’ at the pool and many meet ups with friends on patios. Summer is in full swing. With these super hot temps it’s the perfect time to experiment and try out a few fresh and sweet summertime cocktail recipes and I have I got a few great ones for you! Check out the three Vitamix cocktail recipes below The Gin-Ger-Beer Cocktail, A Watermelon Margarita and a Ohio Peach Bellini, cheers!

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The Gin-Ger Beer Cocktail

Ingredients :
– 2 ½ ounces fresh lemon juice
– 2 ½ oz. ginger syrup (1 cup sugar, fresh sliced ginger & 1 ½ cups water, simmer, strain & chill)
– 1 ½ oz. gin
– ½ cup ice cubes
– 5 oz. local ale (I chose the new Market Garden CitraMax…so yummy!)

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– Place lemon juice, syrup, gin, and ice into the Vitamix container in the order listed & secure lid.
– Select Variable 1.
– Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
– Blend for 15 seconds.
– Pour into large mug or glass over ice and top with your local brew. Carefully stir and serve.

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A Watermelon Margarita

Ingredients :
– 2 cups watermelon, peeled, diced
– ½ lime, peeled
– 1 Tablespoon agave
– ½ jalapeño, seeded
– 4 oz.tequila

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Directions :
– Place all ingredients into the Vitamix 20 oz. container in the order listed and secure blade.
– Turn the dial to 1 and slowly increase speed to 10.
– Blend for 30 seconds.
– Serve over ice!

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An Ohio Peach Bellini

Ingredients :
– 1 large peach, halved, pitted
– 1 ounce peach schnapps
– 4 to 6 ounce Champagne, chilled

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Directions :
– Place peach and peach schnapps into the Vitamix container and secure lid.
– Select Variable 1.
– Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10.
– Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth. Pour into tall fluted glasses and add chilled Champagne.
– Serve immediately.

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So now it’s time for you to ENTER TO WIN your own Vitamix machine….the perfect tool for creating your own summertime cocktail-ing adventures! To enter to win your own Vitamix Standard 5200 machine (valued at $449!) enter the Rafflecopter contest below. Winner will be drawn on Tuesday August 9th, 2016! Good Luck & happy cocktails to you!

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