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PSA: You Should Really Be Making White Claw Cocktails

Just add spiked seltzer.

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By now, you know White Claw. So why aren't we using it to make cocktails? As it turns out, you can use White Claw in just any mixed drink recipe where you'd usually use club soda.

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I made four cocktails using each flavor in a White Claw variety pack, and here's how they turned out. Each of these recipes makes four drinks, but you can easily double or triple the ingredients to make a bigger batch.

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What you'll need:

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1 cup tequila

4 oz simple syrup

1 can ruby grapefruit White Claw

1/2 cup lime juice

1/2 cup grapefruit juice plus grapefruit slices for garnish

Ice

How to make it:

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If you've never had a Paloma before, it's a super refreshing cocktail made with tequila or mezcal, fresh lime juice, grapefruit juice, and club soda-- sort of like a grapefruit margarita. For these Palomas, I followed this recipe, but I used grapefruit White Claw in place of regular club soda.

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If you like Palomas and tequila-based drinks in general, you'll probably love this fresh and zesty cocktail. The grapefruit White Claw adds a little bit of sweetness and a little extra booze. If you like your drinks on the sweeter side, I would also suggesting adding a bit of non-alcoholic grapefruit juice.

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What you'll need:

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1 bottle dry white white (like Pinot Grigio)

1 cup apple cider

1 can raspberry White Claw

Raspberries, to taste

1/2 cup orange liqueur (like Triple-Sec, brandy, or Cointreau)

Ice

How to make it:

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If I had to stick to one drink for the rest of my life, I would probably choose sangria. It's so versatile and you can make it taste appropriate for any season. For this version, I roughly followed this Food Network recipe, but instead of club soda I used raspberry White Claw. For this drink I stuck to fresh raspberries, but the best part about sangria is that you can customize it with whatever flavors you like best.

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Despite the good amount of alcohol involved, this sangria seriously goes down like juice, and it's very easy to turn into a big batch drink to serve to a crowd. This raspberry version is definitely on the lighter side, but you could also make a more wintery version by using a red wine like Garnacha, more seasonal fruit, and some spices like cinnamon and star anise.

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What you'll need:

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1 cup bourbon

Juice from one line

1 can black cherry White Claw

1 oz simple syrup

Mint to taste

Blueberries and blackberries to taste

Ice

How to make it:

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I used this recipe from food blog, Feast in Thyme, as a reference. The recipe calls for mint-infused simple syrup, which felt a little extra, so I used regular simple syrup and tossed in some mint leaves as a garnish. I muddled the berries at the bottom of the glasses, then mixed together the bourbon, lime juice, simple syrup, and White Claw. Then I served the drinks over ice.

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I don't usually love bourbon, but this cocktail was a great combination of slightly sweet and zesty. It was definitely a stiff drink (and I don't really enjoy the taste of Bourbon) so next time I would add a little cherry juice in addition to the cherry spiked seltzer. This is a really easy recipe to turn into a big batch cocktail and serve to a crowd.

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What you'll need

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1 large jalapeño

1 cup tequila

1/2 cup triple sec

Juice from 4 limes

Juice from 2 lemons

1 can lime White Claw

1 tbsp honey

Kosher salt

Ice

How to make it:

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I used this Ina Garten recipe as a reference for my spicy margs. If you have the time or are planning ahead, Ina says to infuse your tequila with jalapeños overnight, but if you're in a hurry, I usually make spicy margaritas by shaking the tequila with sliced jalapeño and the straining it into a glass.

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Once you have your infused vodka, add the triple sec, lemon juice, lime juice, honey, and salt, and stir until combined.

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How these margaritas differ from any classic recipe is that I added about 3/4 can of natural lime White Claw to the tequila and juice mixture. I saved the remainder of the White Claw to top off the individual glasses of margaritas.

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The White Claw margarita tastes very much like a classic spicy margarita, but it's a bit lighter, like a spritzer. I'm a bit of a spice fiend, so I like to garnish my margaritas with jalapeño slices, but if you don't love spice, just leave this step out.

Cheers!

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