Strawberry-Rum Coolers

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Ingredients

STRAWBERRY-RUM BASE

  • 2 1⁄2 cups very ripe strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) water
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 lime)
  • 2 tablespoons agave syrup
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger

COOLERS

  • 1 cup (8 ounces) white rum
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) dark rum
  • Orange bitters
  • Crushed ice
  • 2 cups (16 ounces) ginger beer
  • 1 orange, cut into 8 wedges

How to Make It
Step 1
Bring the strawberries, 1 cup water, lime juice, agave syrup, and ginger to a simmer in a saucepan over medium-low. Cook until mixture is fragrant and strawberries are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, and cool completely, about 1 hour.

Step 2
Transfer the strawberry mixture to a blender. Process until smooth, about 30 seconds. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 5 days. Makes about 2 cups.

Step 3
For each cooler, combine 1⁄4 cup Strawberry-Rum Cooler Base, 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) white rum, 2 tablespoons (1 ounce) dark rum, and 6 dashes of bitters in a mixing glass, and top with ice. Stir mixture until ice dilutes the liquid into a smooth puree. Pour over crushed ice, and top with 1⁄4 cup ginger beer. Garnish with an orange wedge.

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