14 Summer Gin Drinks

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Here are 14 incredible cocktails that use gin in a way that makes us want a drink. Like, now.

The Modern Martini

This lime- and cilantro-infused cocktail will appeal to both Gimlet and Martini drinkers. We like to use Tanqueray for its strong juniper and spice profile.

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Modern Martini Recipe

Sparkling Tarragon Gin Lemonade

For a zippier, more refreshing cocktail (that's what summer drinks are about, right?), it's all in the wrist. Muddling extracts essential oils to deliver maximum herb impact. Tarragon flavors the boozy lemonade here, but basil makes an excellent sub. And while muddled mint is essential to a Mojito, you won't believe what it can add to a Margarita. Shake up a few and see.

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Sparkling Tarragon Gin Lemonade Recipe

Tokyo Kaikan Gimlet

A single ice cube serves as a cool, minimalist garnish.

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Tokyo Kaikan Gimlet Recipe

Strawberry-Balsamic Smash

Fresh, sweet, and tart, this one has it all.

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Strawberry-Balsamic Smash Recipe

Chartreuse Smash

This herbal cooler is a study in harmony.

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Chartreuse Smash Recipe

Vesper

The Vesper gets a touch of Scandi style.

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Vesper Recipe

Chamomile Gin Cocktail

We also stir this drink's flower-infused honey into iced tea or lemonade.

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Chamomile Gin Cocktail Recipe

Blackberry-Gin Fizz

Use the ripest, juiciest blackberries or raspberries you can find for this cocktail.

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Blackberry-Gin Fizz Recipe

Raspberry-Thyme Smash

BLT MARKET in New York offers a delicious way to use those peak-of-the-season raspberries with this refreshing summer drink. The recipe specifies for Hendrick's Gin, which is infused with cucumbers and rose petals, giving the cocktail a sophisticated twist.

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Raspberry-Thyme Smash Recipe

The Leland Palmer

Inspiration for the creation of a new cocktail comes from unexpected places. Take the Leland Palmer by Damon Boelte, bar manager at Prime Meats in Brooklyn, for example. "I was in Los Angeles visiting my girlfriend, enjoying my favorite hangover drink, the Arnold Palmer, and watching an episode of Twin Peaks, where Leland Palmer almost whacks Agent Cooper with a golf club. Sometimes things just make sense," says Boelte. For his adult version of the popular drink that's half lemonade and half iced tea, Boelte combines gin, jasmine tea, limoncello, lemon juice, and grapefruit juice in a pitcher. It's summer's essential back-porch sipper, and, Boelte adds, "It's definitely much better than a golf club to the head."

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The Leland Palmer Recipe

Raspberry-Rose Gin Rickey

A Gin Rickey is a mix of gin, lime juice, and club soda. We've added crushed raspberries and rose water, which makes the berry flavor sing. Any gin will work, but the cucumber and rose notes of Hendrick's are particularly good here. Garnish with lime slices and whole berries.

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Raspberry-Rose Gin Rickey Recipe

Algonquin Bar Punch

In 18th-century America, any decent saloon, tavern, or inn featured a proprietary bowl of punch on the bar. Thanks to bartenders like Julie Reiner and her new Clover Club bar in Brooklyn, serious punch is back. Algonquin Bar Punch, which Reiner serves in vintage punch bowls, is a classic drink once served at the famous Manhattan hotel of the same name. Drink up, but—as the Clover Club's menu reminds—remember to share. To make the ice block this recipe calls for, fill a 9x5x3-inch loaf pan with water and freeze it solid. Dip the pan into hot water to release the ice block.

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Algonquin Bar Punch Recipe

French 75

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French 75 Recipe

Ruben's Cooler No. 2

Damon Boelte was aiming for something simple and accessible when he concocted this extremely refreshing, very British cooler. "Like a traditional Pimm's Cup, this recipe works well with other spirits, including bourbon, rum, and tequila," he says. "You have my permission to experiment." St-Germain liqueur, made from Alpine elderflowers, brings a floral note.

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Ruben's Cooler No. 2 Recipe

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As far as clear spirits go, gin might be our absolute favorite. Its herbal flavor lends itself to refreshing cocktails like gimlets, punches, and smashes, and even does well in boozier drinks like martinis. And there's nothing better in the summer than a limey G&T.

Check out the slideshow above for summer cocktail inspiration.

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