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This year's Tales of the Cocktail, the world's premier cocktail festival, brings the best talents in mixology together for five days of cocktail craft in New Orleans. Celebrate with one of our best cocktail recipes!

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The Modern Martini

Infuse dry gin with cilantro leaves and fresh lime juice for a refreshing update on the classic cocktail.

Get the recipe: The Modern Martini

Discover 13 more gin drinks perfect for summer.

Chartreuse Smash

The basic elements of a smash - ice, mint or other herb, sugar, seasonal fruit and your choice of spirit - make it the perfect refreshing drink for summer. Try using herbaceous Chartreuse liqueur, made from 130 ingredients kept secret by monks, in this gin recipe.

Get the recipe: Chartreuse Smash

Try 13 more refreshing gin cocktail recipes.

Cruzan Mojito

Cool down this summer with this refreshing recipe for a rum-based mojito.

Get the recipe: Cruzan Mojito

Strawberry-Coconut Daiquiri

You’ll feel like you’re on a tropical getaway with this refreshing strawberry-coconut cocktail. To keep it cool in warmer weather, freeze fresh berries for 30 minutes before blending.

Get the recipe: Strawberry-Coconut Daiquiri

Watermelon Sugar

Infuse smoky mezcal with spicy jalapeno peppers to add complex flavor to this take on the watermelon margarita.

Get the recipe: Watermelon Sugar

Find more crowd-pleasing pitcher drinks for summer.

White Sangria

This refreshing white wine punch gets its sweetness from the addition of brandy and sugared melons.

Get the recipe: White Sangria

French 75

There is debate over whether the original French 75 recipe from the early 1900's uses gin or cognac, but either spirit will produce refreshing results in this sparkling wine cocktail.

Get the recipe: French 75

Emerald Gimlet

Muddled basil and lemon simple syrup add fresh flavor to this bright hued gimlet.

Get the recipe: Emerald Gimlet

Elderflower Sparklers (Hyldeblomst Cocktails)

The elder tree's white blossoms first appear in spring in Denmark, so these refreshing cocktails make an elegant homage to the season. The delicate, lightly floral flavors are perfect with Champagne or a dry, light white wine, such as Sauvignon Blanc.

Get the recipe: Elderflower Sparklers

Raspberry Spritzer

A refreshing and low calorie alternative to sugar-laden sodas.

Get the recipe: Raspberry Spritzer

Campari, Grapefruit & Pomegranate Cocktail

Balance herbaceous Campari with the sweet-tart flavors of pomegranate and grapefruit. This dusty pink drink looks festive in a stemmed wineglass with a twist of orange zest. For a slightly sweeter drink, use orange juice instead of grapefruit.

Get the recipe: Campari, Grapefruit & Pomegranate Cocktail

The Garibaldi Cocktail

Try this complex Italian cocktail recipe courtesy of City's Best and bartender Christian Gaal, of Noble American Cookery.

Get the recipe: The Garibaldi Cocktail

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One of the booziest events of the year is about to go down in NOLA.

The 11th annual Tales of the Cocktail, the world's premier cocktail festival, begins today in New Orleans, Louisiana, and spirit experts and enthusiasts alike will descend upon the city over the next five days to discuss cocktail culture and drink new spirits. The festival hosts educational seminars, tasting rooms, dinners and competitions, and the biggest talents in mixology are expected to attend.

Cocktail nerds will geek out over topics like vodka's image as a fashion statement, whether American whisky can match Scotch and the history of ice and trends such as grape-based spirits, long-lost 19th century cocktail ingredients and low-alcohol drinks.

Not to be missed are the New Orleans Bare Knuckle Bar Fight, a cocktail-mixing competition where seven of the best bars in the U.S. serve 1,000 attendees while being judged for execution under pressure and drink tastiness, and the Spirited Awards, honoring the industry's best. Past years of Tales of the Cocktail have hosted the Annual Cocktail Burial, symbolically laying to rest out-of-favor drinks like the Appletini, the Sex on the Beach and last year's the Cement Mixer.

Get in the spirit by fixing yourself a classic like this year's official drink, The Rickey, (our Raspberry-Rose version is delicious) or try one of our favorite cocktails for summer.

Check out our slideshow above to discover our must-try cocktails for summer.

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