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Happy Birthday, America! We’re wishing our friends from sea to shining sea a happy 4th of July by sharing a special new drink recipe in honor of everything red, white, and blue!

Perfect for pool parties, barbeques, and beach gatherings, our new Spicy Cucumber and Summer Fruit Sangria is a light, and refreshing cocktail spiked with sparkling wine, and vodka.  We’ve kicked it up a notch with a dash of cayenne to add some fireworks of our own to your celebration.     

Cheers to summer fun, good drinks, and you, America! Bottoms up!

Spicy Cucumber and Summer Fruit Sangria
Serves 6

Ingredients

8 SUNSET® Mini Cucumbers
1/3 cup boiling water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup vodka
1/2 cup sliced SUNSET® WOW Berries
1 ripe peach, pitted and sliced
8 lemon slices, halved
2 cups ice
1 bottle sparkling wine
Pinch cayenne pepper

Directions

Pour boiling water over sugar; stir to dissolve sugar to create simply syrup. Let cool completely. In blender, purée 7 cucumbers until smooth. Pass through fine sieve. Slice remaining cucumber; set aside.

In a large pitcher, stir together cucumber purée, simple syrup and vodka. Stir in sliced cucumber, strawberries, peach and lemon slices. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Before serving, stir in ice and sparkling wine. Sprinkle with cayenne.

Tips:

• Sweeten with agave syrup if desired.

• If you don't have cayenne pepper, substitute with your favorite spice or 1 thinly sliced fresh chili pepper if desired.

• Garnish with mint or basil leaves for an extra pop of color.

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