5 Simple Gin Cocktails Perfect For Summer


Poor gin. It often gets overlooked in favor of the flashier, more versatile vodka. When most people do drink gin, it’s either in a classic martini or simple gin and tonic. That’s all well and good, but sometimes it’s nice to mix things up a bit. So, without further ado, we present five simple gin cocktails that offer a refreshing change of pace from the standard martini and G&T.

The Gin Rickey 

The classic, oft-forgotten variation on the gin and tonic, pictured above, hails from the late 1800s, when thirsty Americans needed something to keep them cool during the sweltering summer months.


Fill a Collins glass with ice, add two ounces of gin, the juice of half a lime and then top it off with club soda. A dash of simple syrup is optional, for those who like their drinks slightly on the sweet side.

(Via Serious Eats)

The Bees Knees


A Prohibition-era favorite, this simple cocktail used lemon and honey syrup to offset the sometimes medicinal flavor of bathtub gin. Nowadays, they exist simple to provide something sweet while you get your cocktail on.


Combine two ounces of gin, a half-ounce of fresh lemon juice and a half-ounce of honey syrup in a shaker filled with ice. Shake, strain and pour. You’ll feel like you’ve been whisked back to the Roaring Twenties.

(Via Serious Eats)

The French 75


Don’t forget about this classic concoction to add a little fizz to your relaxing Sunday brunch.


Add an ounce of gin, a half-ounce of lemon juice and a half-ounce of simple syrup to a shaker filled with ice. After you’ve shaken, strained and poured, top it off with three ounces of champagne.

(Via Liquor.com)

The Fascinator


This twist on the standard gin martini adds absinthe to the mix for an extra, flavorful kick.


Add two parts gin, one part vermouth and a couple dashes of absinthe into an ice-filled shaker. Shake, strain, pour and garnish with a sprig of mint.

(Via Saveur)

The Tokyo Kaikan Gimlet


Think of this cocktail as a Gin Rickey without the club soda. It packs a cool, refreshing punch.


Combine two ounces of gin, one tablespoon and two teaspoons of fresh lime juice, a half-ounce of simple syrup and a half-teaspoon of Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice. Pour into a shaker of ice, mix, strain and pour.

(Via Bon Appetit)


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