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5 breezy drinks that were made for summer Fridays

We teamed up with Patrón Tequila to help you spend your Summer Fridays in style. You can whip up a cocktail with one of their handcrafted, high-quality tequilas, like their lightly floral Reposado wi

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In order to help you celebrate your Summer Fridays in style, we have partnered with Patrón Tequila. Start your weekend off well by preparing a cocktail with one of their handcrafted, premium tequilas, such as their Reposado with a mild floral flavor and a hint of oak.

The last place I want to be is in the workplace when it’s warm outside and I’m spending my free time at the beach or having barbecues. Summer Fridays, also known as the almost legendary practice of getting to leave work early on the last day of the week, were probably created for this reason. Even though I don’t really have this privilege right now, I like to enjoy the spirit of Summer Fridays by kicking off the weekend with good friends, snacks, and a cool drink in a backyard or on a rooftop.

I tend to favor the quick and easy when it comes to the foods I’ll prepare for a Summer Friday get-together. This calls for no-cook snacks with manageable ingredient lists, such as chunky, herby guacamole served with a mountain of crunchy tortilla chips, radishes seasoned with plenty of flaky salt and good butter, sliced vegetables, and a ranch-inspired dip (if the group gets a little hungrier, I keep the fixins for a big tomato salad handy, too). Naturally, a Summer Friday chill session wouldn’t be complete without a tasty beverage. For me, a great drink typically begins with tequila; Patrón Reposado is a personal favorite due to its mellow flavor and mixability (I love a creative cocktail). I’ll allow the tequila’s zesty, gently flowery flavors and fresh agave fragrances do the hard lifting with these sips, just like with the appetizers. I’m talking about the most straightforward margarita around, as well as easy-to-drink Watermelon-Basil Palomas and Cucumber and Grapefruit Tequila Coolers.

Here are 10 drink recipes to toast your next summer Friday, so get your cocktail shaker ready.

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Salutations to the Weekend

1. Paloma de Watermelon y Sal

This bright and fresh take on the traditional Paloma, made with Patrón Reposado, watermelon and lime juice, will help you ring in the weekend. Don’t forget the fresh basil garnish and add a pour of grapefruit soda to finish the cocktail (an optional, but delightful detail).

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Few beverages better encapsulate summer than a glass of sweaty lemonade. This lemon-limeade is no different; it has a little more personality but is still quite easy to make for an afternoon hangout. Just combine agave nectar, blanco tequila, and fresh lime and lemon juice. More good news: It can be prepared up to eight hours ahead of time, allowing you to get the drinks ready in advance and spend the evening chatting with your guests.

Third, Honey-Habanero Paloma

This spicily refreshing beverage combines grapefruit juice, soda, a hot habanero shrub, honey syrup, and the honeyed flavors of Patrón Reposado. Cool yourself between sips with a crisp, crunchy snack; furikake Chex mix pairs particularly nicely with the sweet heat.

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The Hothouse Cooler, which is named after the type of cucumber you’ll juice (cucumber juice, yes; don’t dismiss it ’til you try it), also includes fresh grapefruit juice and triple sec. It is comparable to a traditional margarita when served on the rocks in a salt-rimmed glass, but it is slightly more special. And since it’s a summer Friday, you deserve a special beverage!

I present the Count to 4 Margarita, which is ridiculously easy to shake up, for people who can’t be bothered to play mixologist on their afternoon off. Literally, all you need is one ounce of orange liqueur, two teaspoons of simple syrup, three ounces of aejo tequila, and four tablespoons of fresh lime juice. Cheers.

Deliver The Snacks

Although this savory Fun Dip doesn’t have a ranch flavor, I can attest from personal experience that it tends to disappear just as rapidly as sweet treats. For a snack that will have everyone riveted to the vegetable dish, blend together pistachios, nutritional yeast, and Aleppo-style pepper with ranch-like spices (dry dill, onion, and garlic powders).

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This herby, chunky guacamole is actually much easier to make than store-bought guacamole and is much better. This guacamole is ready for every kind of chip you can throw at it since it is zingy with hints of jalapeo and shredded garlic. (PS: It’s fine to omit the tomatillos if you can’t find them.)

One of the best party snacks ever is this homemade Chex mix. Bugles, rice, corn, and peanuts Pretzels, Goldfish crackers, and Chex cereal are all dipped in a syrupy, buttery concoction. The umami-rich Japanese seasoning furikake, which is sprinkled over the entire mess, will have you coming back for handful after handful.

Thick, sweet heirloom tomatoes combine with a spicy lime yogurt dressing in this luscious salad recipe from Chef JJ Johnson, which is essentially like summer in a bowl. By combining the onions with the other components for pickling and letting the mixture sit for a while, you can cut out the step of properly pickling the onions.

It feels really elegant to serve peppery fresh radishes with butter and salt, but it only takes a couple of minutes to prepare. While the vanilla bean in this dish from Chef Alex Raij adds a touch of creativity, you may equally well substitute a plain stick of whatever butter you happen to have in the fridge.

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What drinks are you enjoying to honor Summer Fridays? In the comments, please!

For more than 30 years, our colleagues at Patrón Tequila have been distilling their 100% Blue Weber Agave tequilas in Jalisco, Mexico. Each of their handcrafted tequilas, from the velvety, citrusy Patrón Silver to the ultra-sippable, oak barrel-aged Patrón Aejo, begins with premium raw materials. Purchase a bottle of Patrón from a merchant close to you to give your next cocktail more taste depth.

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