Gin is the reigning spirit champion of summer for good reason: it’s light, botanical and blends easily with a million juices, sodas and...well, pretty much anything else you can think of. From the sweet and simple to the sublime and complex, any of these 10 libations will keep you buzzing on a hot summer day. Grab your sunscreen, inflate those water wings and start planning your heat-conquering cocktail menu.
The only thing better than one Gimlet is two Gimlets. An exercise in summertime simplicity, this gin classic is just lime juice, simple syrup and, of course, gin. Pro-tip: add a bit of basil and muddled cucumber to your shaker for an even fresher summertime taste. Learn how to make the classic Gimlet in our How to Cocktail video.
You can’t go wrong with the classic Gin & Tonic. But this “garden” spin cranks the summery vibes up with lavender and fresh fruit slices, plus a splash of vermouth blanc. Learn how to make the traditional and the "garden" variation in our How to Cocktail video.
The British refer to this class of drink as a “sharpener” because it’s a great starter drink that “sharpens” you for the rest of the evening. This is because, like the name suggests, the 50/50 Martini tones down the gin, balancing it with lower-proof dry vermouth. This is especially handy for long, warm summer nights. Learn how to make the 50/50 Martini in our How to Cocktail video.
A summertime staple, the Tom Collins is so popular they named a damn glass after it! The cocktail is light, refreshing and a breeze to make. What more could you want? Learn how to make the Tom Collins in our How to Cocktail video.
The Bee’s Knees is a perfect sour for summer lounging. Sweetening a standard sour recipe with (criminally under-utilized) honey, this drink is an easy, tasty cocktail. Learn how to make The Bee’s Knees in our How to Cocktail video.
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