7 Refreshing Gin Cocktails For Summer, From The Classic To The Unusual

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Memorial Day Weekend is here, signaling the non-official start to summer. And to beat the heat, gin is the perfect spirit for the season. It is fresh, light and botanical, the perfect remedy on long, scorching days. With a variety of styles and flavor profiles that showcase herbs, citrus and spices, the global gin portfolio has something for everyone, from simple mixes to more complex libations.

Gin & Tonic with Greenhouse Classic Gin

A simple gin and tonic can refresh you and change your mood in a heartbeat. Part of the Texas-based Dynasty Spirits portfolio, Greenhouse Gin‘s classic blend includes Austrian juniper berries, cardamom, coriander, Sicilian bergamot, lemon, lime, and orange. It is bottled at 40% ABV and pairs perfectly with a lighter, more fragrant tonic, like Fever-Tree Mediterranean to make a refreshing summertime sipper.

2 oz Greenhouse Classic Gin

200ml (6.7oz) Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic

Fill wine glass with ice, then add gin. Top with tonic water and gently stir. Garnish with half lemon wheel and rosemary sprig.

Gimlet with AMASS Dry Gin

Crafted in Downtown L.A. by master distiller Morgan McLachlan, AMASS Dry Gin is a citrus-forward, herbaceous spirit balanced with earthy umami notes from Reishi and lion’s mane mushrooms. Of the 29 organic botanicals inside the bottle, 11 come from California, with several growing in Morgan’s own backyard. For a zero-proof version, use AMASS Riverine.

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin

1 oz fresh lime juice

3/4 oz simple syrup

Lime wheel, for garnish (optional)

Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a coupe glass.

Rose Without Thorns with Chemist Spirit’s Rose Gin

Founded in 2018 by distiller Debbie Word, Chemist Spirits produces artisan gin, whiskey, and various small-batch spirits using local botanicals and drawing inspiration from pioneering tastemakers in the food and beverage industry. Chemist Spirits was created to honor the real-life chemists and pharmacists who kept distilling alive during Prohibition.

Their newly-launched Conservatory Rose Gin is a collaboration with Biltmore Winery in Asheville, NC. It’s aged in red wine-soaked barrels and infused with hand-plucked rose petals just days before it’s bottled. The resulting gin has a subtle pink hue with notes of pink & white rose, lemon cream, vanilla, ripe strawberry, and grapefruit peel.

This cocktail is a rose-infused twist on the classic Gimlet. Simple and easy to make too!

2 oz Chemist Biltmore Conservatory Rose Gin

¾ oz Rose syrup (recipe below)

¾ oz Lime juice

Add ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake, pour into a coupe glass, garnish with expressed lime twist.

Rose syrup

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

1½ cups dried rose petals

Mix sugar & water in a heavy bottom pot and heat slowly to a simmer. Add rose petals and simmer for 5 mins. Remove from heat and let cool for 10 min. Strain, allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Wild Melon with Waterloo Old Yaupon Gin

For those who appreciate a sweeter spirit, Waterloo Old Yaupon is a funky twist on Old Tom-style gin, known for its sweetness and widely popular until the early 1900s when it was replaced by dryer gins.

Waterloo uses Texas wildflower honey to achieve the characteristic sweetness of an Old Tom gin, but it also incorporates makrut lime, anise, orris root and Yaupon holly for unusual botanical notes. Yaupon is the only native North American plant to contain caffeine and was enjoyed by indigenous Americans pre-European settlement. Today, Yaupon is considered a nuisance by farmers and ranchers from Texas to the Carolinas. However, blending it into the mash brings out flavors no other distillery has yet created.

2 oz Waterloo Old Yaupon Gin

.25 oz simple syrup

1 oz honeydew juice

.5 oz lime juice

Combine all ingredients in a mixing tin with ice. Shake and strain into rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with pickled honeydew melon ball spear.

Sea Cucumber with Hendrick’s Neptunia Gin

Hendrick’s Neptunia is a limited release gin that aims to encapsulate the “sensory delights of the sea,” created by Master Distiller Lesley Gracie upon finding inspiration from botanicals found in the Ayrshire coast in southwest Scotland. The Sea Cucumber cocktail complements the coastal gin with flavors of cucumber, mint and elderflower.

1 1/2 parts Hendrick’s Neptuina Gin

3/4 part fresh lime juice

3/4 fresh cucumber juice

3/4 part St Germain

3 slices fresh cut English cucumber and mint sprig to garnish

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake with ice. Fine strain over ice in a rocks glass with a Tajin® rim.

Campi di Fragole with Gin Mare Capri

Gin Mare released the special edition Capri this spring, made with Italian bergamot from Calabria and the famous Capri lemons, along with the brand’s four principal botanicals – Arbequina olive from Spain, rosemary from Greece, thyme from Turkey, and Italian sweet basil.

2oz Gin Mare Capri

.75oz lime juice

.5oz Cocchi Americano

.5oz simple syrup

1 medium strawberry, or to taste

4-5 fresh basil leaves

Ginger beer

Muddled basil and strawberries in a shaker. Shake over ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a mint sprig.

La Bruja with Bruja de Agua Cítrica Mexican Gin

Through an artisanal process using corn alcohol, juniper berries, and the essences of 30 regional plants, Bruja de Agua merges the gin tradition with Mexico’s botanical richness. The company works directly with small-scale purveyors local to Mexico’s central region to obtain its flowers, seeds, roots and plants.

“The Bruja de Agua name is a reminder that for thousands of years women (as healers, curanderas, chemists, midwives, and more) have been the principal researchers and keepers of nature’s wisdom regarding the use and care of our plants, our water and our land,” said

At El Mesón in Austin, Texas, owner Marisela Godinez is on a mission to showcase unique spirits from Mexico. Her new summer cocktail list features female-inspired drinks, such as La Bruja, made with cucumber, lime, tonic, and Bruja de Agua Cítrica Mexican gin. The gin has notes of lemon verbena, coriander, lemon, grapefruit and orange zest, rosemary, tangerine leaf, and a hint of allspice.

“It’s an invigorating aroma and flavor profile,” Godinez said. “My intention with this menu is to highlight female-centered libations and female producers. As a business-owner, I think it’s important to uplift other women in the industry and bring attention to the great work they’re doing.”

1 ½ oz Bruja de Agua Cítrica Mexican Gin

2-3 slices cucumber

2-3 cucumber ribbons

2-3 cilantro leaves

1 oz lime juice

¼ oz agave nectar

Splash of tonic

Combine all ingredients in mixing tin without ice and muddle. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice into Tajín-rimmed cocktail glass lined with cucumber ribbons. Top with tonic and stir gently. Garnish with Tajin-dusted cucumber wheel.

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