Summer song punch

Try this cocktail on a warm summer afternoon.
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Summer song Photo by Stacy Feyer-Salo

Here’s a pretty cocktail to help you greet a sunny afternoon and to christen your patio or garden for the summer season.

Ingredients:
Single serving:
1 ounce cognac or brandy
½ ounce apricot liqueur (or in a pinch, melt and strain some apricot jam and skip the               simple syrup in the cocktail)
¼ ounce simple syrup
¾ ounce lemon juice
1 strawberry, diced
A few mint leaves
Champagne, to top
Lemon slices, strawberry and mint to garnish

Ratios for a party-size batch:
5 ounces cognac or brandy
3 ounces apricot liqueur
1½ ounces simple syrup
3 ounces lemon juice
1 bottle champagne

Preparation:
Combine initial ingredients with mint and strawberry in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake gently to chill and muddle the fruit and mint. Strain into a punch glass and top with champagne. Garnish and go sit in the sun.

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