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What's Your Go-To Summer Cocktail?

Welcome to Chow Bella's Bites & Dishes, where Valley chefs and restaurateurs respond to a question New Times food critic Laura Hahnefeld has on her mind. Have a question you'd like to ask? E-mail [email protected]

No matter whether you're lounging poolside, at a party, or just need to cool down on a hot day, a summer cocktail is a great way to refresh.

Valley chefs and restaurateurs agree -- especially when kitchens this time of year reach temperatures as hot (or hotter) than it is outdoors.

What adult beverage do they reach for when they need a break from the blistering heat? From tried-and-true classics to creative concoctions of their own, the following answers may inspire you to find a new summertime favorite. Ahh . . .

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Laura Hahnefeld
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