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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Out of Limes? Make Lemon Cocktails!

Photo: Katie Burnett
Is the great lime shortage of 2014 putting the squeeze on your cocktail citrus supply? Then it’s time to stock up on lemons. There are plenty of classic and contemporary cocktails that don’t need a drop of lime juice, instead opting for the fresh zing of lemons. Here are six to try.

Rye whiskey and Bénédictine are brightened with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice in this classic cocktail.

California Bubble Bath
Bourbon, lemon juice and a bit of bitter Cynar get a floral lift from an easy-to-make lavender syrup.

Turista Smash
Muddled cucumber and a pinch of cilantro freshen up this frosty mix of tequila, lemon and dry vermouth.

Moral Suasion
This heady, exotic mixture of peach brandy, maraschino liqueur, honey, lemon juice and rosewater is enough to sway even the strictest of teetotalers.

The Summer Rose
Fresh, floral and light, this rosy sipper gets its blush from a dose of fresh blueberries.

Ward Eight
This classic cocktail is a relative of the Whiskey Sour and thought to have been invented at Boston's Locke-Ober Café in 1898.