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The Vodka Limonata: A Two-Ingredient, GOOP-Inspired Summer Cocktail

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illustration: tram nguyen

Inventing drink names is difficult. The impulse to be precious or twee is irresistible, and in this case it’s a particularly hard trap to avoid because the drink at hand is one we can imagine Gwyneth Paltrow sipping lazily from the bow of her yacht, all boat-necked St. Martin shirt and perfect white short-shorts. Which is to say, it’s a drink that’s refreshing, minimalist, ideal in warm weather, and made with ingredients that are just overpriced enough to for me to consider them “sophisticated.” Anyway, for this recipe I had to resist with all my might a name that was very cutesy, because I am almost 30 and I think it’s time to cultivate mature habits. Maybe I will improve at naming things as our GOOP-inspired cocktail series progresses.

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