September 08, 2014 12:00 PM

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George Clooney & Rande Gerber’s

‘Casa Fresca’ Margarita

The friends and founders of Casamigos Tequila share a refreshing cocktail recipe

In a mixing glass, muddle 5 mint leaves, 3 cucumber slices and 3 lime wedges. Add 1½ oz. reposado tequila, ½ oz. agave nectar and 1½ oz. fresh grapefruit juice. Add ice and shake. Strain into an ice-filled, salt-rimmed rocks glass and top with club soda. Garnish with cucumber slices, mint leaves and a lime wedge.

Makes: 1 margarita

Vegetable Rice Salad

The husband and wife authors of Back Home with the Neelys create a ‘delightfully colorful’ dish

1½ cups long-grain white rice

1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped

1 medium English cucumber, diced

1 (1-pint) carton grape tomatoes, halved

½ small red onion, diced

½ cup chopped walnuts

2 stalks celery, chopped

3 green onions, sliced

2 tbsp. chopped fresh basil

2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley

1/3 cup canola oil

1 lime, zested and juiced

3 tbsp. rice wine vinegar

2 tbsp. light brown sugar

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

1. Cook rice according to package directions. Remove from heat, let stand 5 minutes and fluff with a fork.

2. Transfer rice to a large bowl. Add bell pepper and next 7 ingredients; toss well.

3. Whisk together oil and next 3 ingredients in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle dressing over rice mixture; toss well.

Makes: 6 to 8 servings

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

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