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Delicious things can happen to cocktails when you lose the lime

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  • Don't fret over the cost of limes this spring. These flavorful yet limeless alternatives, green granny slush, clockwise from left, cucumber rhubarb mojito, raspberry daiquiri and ruby rita, will quench your thirst.

      Don't fret over the cost of limes this spring. These flavorful yet limeless alternatives, green granny slush, clockwise from left, cucumber rhubarb mojito, raspberry daiquiri and ruby rita, will quench your thirst.
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By Alison Ladman, Associated Press

If the warmer weather has you wishing for a cool mojito or frosty margarita, you might also start wishing for some extra cash.

The cost of limes this spring has skyrocketed, pushing the price of some of our favorite summer sips to levels that could break the bank. But a cocktail should be a fun indulgence, not an investment decision. The good news is limes aren't the only citrus in the game. So we decided to keep our cool and create fresh -- and refreshing -- lime-free versions of some of our favorite cocktails.

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We started with the gimlet, traditionally made from lime juice, gin and sugar. Our version -- the green granny slush -- mimics the sweet and sour of the traditional drink with a purée of kiwis and Granny Smith apples. Next, our version of the mojito gets it's vibrancy from rhubarb paired with cooling cucumber.

And because it just isn't summer without a margarita, we created a ruby red grapefruit-based "rubyrita" to help take the edge off. Finally, our daiquiri … Out with the pricey limes and in with a seasonal and deliciously tart raspberry purée. So maybe a lime-free summer won't be quite so disappointing!

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