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12 Gin Cocktails to Toast Summer

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A cold gin and tonic is a pretty perfect thing: There's the herbal bite of the gin, the zing of the lime, the fizz of the tonic. There are a bunch of ice cubes clinking around in a tall glass. You can drink it through a straw. It makes us want to be barefoot. And who are we to mess with a perfect thing? BUT: While we love the classics, it's just as much fun to try new things. Go ahead, reach for the gin—but try one of these instead of your tried-and-true G&T. (And if you just can't shake the G&T habit, we've got a fresh play on that, too.) 

Mix things up with some of the cocktails below:


Drinking with a crowd? Try a big batch of easy-drinking gin punch.

Bowery Punch by Food52



Mother's Ruin Punch by Kenzi Wilbur


Boozy Watermelon Rosemary Lemonade by piccantedolce

Boozy Watermelon Rosemary Lemonade


Booze-heavier gin cocktails, like the Negroni, make proper apertifs. These ones are citrusy and bright without being too sweet. 

Last Word by Erik Lombardo

Last Word


The Gin Hound by JRDsquared

The Gin Hound


The Negroni by Erika Kotite

The Negroni


The Pessimist's Requiem by ProfPessimist

The Pessimist's Requiem


Darkness At the Edge of Town by fiveandspice

Darkness at the Edge of Town


Pull out the highball glasses for these fresh, cold, seltzer-topped drinks, which highlight gin's cooler herbal notes. 

Lemon Lavender Gin Rickey by Samantha Weiss Hills

Lemon Lavender Gin Rickey


Lotus Cocktail by drinkoftheweek

Lotus Cocktail


Rosemary Gin Cocktail by Amy Stafford @ A Healthy Life For Me

Rosemary Gin Cocktail


Minty Orange Gimlet by Rebecca Firkser

Minty Orange Gimlet 

Hosting a happy hour? Don't forget the snacks!

Tags: Menu Ideas, gin, summer, cocktails