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10 Easy Gin Drinks for a Hot Summer Day

Cool down with one of these refreshing cocktails.

Boat House Punch
Boat House Punch. Image:

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Gin is the reigning champion of summer: It’s light, it’s botanical, and it blends with all manner of juices, sodas and, well, pretty much anything else you can think of. The versatile spirit can add bracing refreshment to sours and highballs, like the Gimlet and Gin & Tonic, or it can provide structure to boozier stirred drinks like Martinis. It’s a real workhorse that deserves a spot on every home bar, particularly when temperatures are heating up.

From the sweet and simple to the sublime and complex, any of the following 10 easy-drinking 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 now.

  • Gimlet

    Gimlet cocktail

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    The only thing better than one Gimlet is two Gimlets. That’s basic math, people. An exercise in summertime simplicity, this three-ingredient classic is composed of lime juice, simple syrup and, of course, gin. Pro tip: Add a bit of basil and muddled cucumber to your shaker for a fresher summertime taste.

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  • New New York Sour

    New New York Sour cocktail

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    A clever spin on the classic New York Sour, Allen Katz’s creation skips the red wine floater in favor of orange liqueur and cherry cordial. The result is perfect for sunset lounging at the end of a long, hot day. Go ahead: Treat yourself.

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  • 50/50 Martini

    50-50 martini

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    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. As the name suggests, the 50/50 Martini tones down the gin, balancing it with lower-proof dry vermouth. It’s especially handy for warm summer nights, when you want to enjoy a great Martini with less of the stupefying effects.

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  • El Chapo

    El Chapo cocktail

    Ben Clemons

    Gin, strawberries, Aperol and grapefruit beer? Yes, please. This inspired and inspiring recipe is worth exploring. By simply infusing fresh strawberries in Aperol, you assemble a unique modifier that adds a complementary fruitiness to the botanical gin and tart beer.

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  • Tom Collins

    Tom Collins cocktail

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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? Okay, maybe a porch swing and a shade tree.

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  • Bee’s Knees

    Bee’s Knees cocktail

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    The Bee’s Knees is a buzzworthy sour perfect for summer lounging. Sweetening a standard sour recipe with (criminally under-utilized) honey, this drink is an easy, tasty cocktail. Shake yourself one to cool off on a hot day.

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  • Gin Rickey

    Gin Rickey cocktail

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    The Gin Rickey is a refreshing highball with roots dating to the late 19th century. It’s named for Joe Rickey, a Democratic lobbyist living in Washington, D.C., during that time. Favoring zero-sugar drinks, Rickey instructed a local bartender to build a Bourbon Rickey, which led to the line of Rickeys we know today. The gin-laced version became the most popular of all Rickeys, one you’ll want to hoist repeatedly during the hot summer months.

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  • Singapore Sling

    Singapore Sling cocktail

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    Arguably the most famous classic cocktail hailing from Asia, the Singapore Sling was first served at the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. It’s a refreshing option whenever the weather turns extra hot and humid. Yes, the Sling is a semi-complex drink to make, but the result is worth the small-scale struggle.

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  • Rosie Lee

    Rosie Lee cocktail

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    The Rosie Lee melds delicate flavors (rose petals and lychee) with gin, putting a fun spin on your typical cup of tea. The result is ice-cold perfection in a tea cup, and a cocktail you can enjoy all summer long. Invite some friends over for an updated, quite adult take on the tea party.

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  • Boat House Punch

    Boat House Punch

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    Mmmm. Citrusy, bubbly and as attractive as it is delicious, the Boat House Punch is an ideal large-format drink for your next mid-year shindig. Gin is offered a helping hand by multiple citrus fruits—lemon, orange and grapefruit—plus two liqueurs (Aperol and St-Germain) and, finally, a topper of rosé. Gather some friends, and stir them a batch.

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