VOTE: Star vs. Chopped Cocktail Showdown

Fruity Cooler ShowdownWe challenged two prestigious groups — Chopped judges and Food Network Star winners — to a summer recipe showdown. All season long, we’ll present head-to-head matchups of mouthwatering summer recipes from each team — from refreshing cocktails to fresh farmers’-market salads to the juiciest backyard burgers. By voting each week here on FN Dish or on our Fan Feed, you’ll determine the winning recipes.

At the end of the summer, the team that tallies up the most wins will celebrate with an all-star Labor Day party menu. Who will prevail as Summer Showdown champion — Star or Chopped?

This week, we’re toasting the start of June with a pair of refreshing, fruity cocktails. Whose will you shake up for your next summer party? Cast your votes below!

Summer Cocktail Showdown: Amanda’s Cucumber-Pineapple Tequila Cooler vs. Melissa’s Pineapple-Raspberry Rum Refresher

Chopped judge Amanda Freitag‘s refreshing summer cocktail made with pineapple and cucumber juices and spiked with tequila is perfectly balanced — not too sweet.

Star Season 5 winner Melissa d’Arabian’s fruity cooler combines muddled raspberries with pineapple juice, coconut water, mint and light rum for a taste of the tropics in your backyard.

Whose summer sip gets your vote?

For more favorite summer recipes, check out Food Network’s Grilling Central. Head back here to FN Dish or check out our Fan Feed next week for a new Summer Showdown matchup!