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PACIFIC NORTHWEST MAGAZINE - TASTE COLUMN - SUMMER DRINKS - MADE BY REPORTER CATHERINE ALLCHIN - 147328 - 052115

Drinks are transformed by homemade syrups, fresh fruits and herbs. Here are recipes for two such libations: Peach Smash and Watermelon Tarragon Margarita.

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