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It’s bright pink. Front-lawn flamingo pink. And although women will love X-Rated Fusion Liqueur, men will still empty the bottle to the last drop. The base is premium French vodka. Tasty enough, but it’s the fusion of Provence blood orange, mango, and passion fruit juices that makes this liqueur unique. It’s sweet but not sugary and makes the perfect base for summer cocktails. You can mix drinks in seconds by simply pouring X-Rated over ice or adding a splash of soda water. Or get creative and add a juice mixture of your own. We tried it with white cranberry juice and a splash of pomegranate—our guests gushed and went back for seconds (and thirds, in some cases). The exotic blend of juices also adds a twist to the traditional mimosa and the almost as ubiquitous Bellini. You can also try it with a dry Spanish Cava (brut or extra brut) to balance the sweetness. Because it’s a liqueur, it’s only 17 percent alcohol by volume, so you might need to add a shot for guests looking for a bigger punch. Available at Pogo’s Wine and Spirits, 5360 W. Lovers Ln., Ste. 200. 214-350-8989. $31.99.
1 oz. X-Rated Vodka
1 oz. X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1 1/2 oz. cranberry juice
Splash of Triple Sec
Serve in martini glass
Garnish with lemon or lime twist
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