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9 Easy Gin Drinks for a Hot Summer Day

Boat House Punch
Boat House Punch. Image:

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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 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.

  • Gimlet

    Gimlet

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    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.

  • Singapore Sling

    Singapore Sling

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    Arguably the most famous classic cocktail hailing from Asia, the Singapore Sling is a refreshing option whenever the weather turns especially hot and humid.

  • 50/50 Martini

    50-50 Martini

    Jamie Gordon

    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.

  • El Chapo

    El Chapo

    Ben Clemons

    Strawberries, Aperol and grapefruit beer? This inspired and inspiring recipe is worth exploring, crazy though it may sound.

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  • Tom Collins

    Tom Collins

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    A summertime staple, the Tom Collins is so popular they named a glass after it! The cocktail is light, refreshing and a breeze to make. What more could you want?

  • New New York Sour

    New New York Sour

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    A clever spin on the classic New York Sour, Allen Katz’s creation is perfect for sunset lounging at the end of a long, hot day. Go ahead: Treat yourself.

  • Rosie Lee

    Rosie Lee

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    Perfection in a tea cup, the Rosie Lee delicately melds exotic and interesting flavors (rose petals and lychee) with gin. A recipe for a sweet summer, indeed.

  • Bee's Knees

    Bee's Knees

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    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.

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  • Boat House Punch

    Mmmm. Citrusy, bubbly and as attractive as it is delicious, the Boat House Punch is an ideal large-format drink for your next summer party.