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10 Easy Gin Drinks for a Hot Summer Day

Cool down with one of these refreshing cocktails.

Boat House Punch
Boat House Punch. Image:

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Gin is the reigning spirit champion of summer for good reason: It’s light, it's botanical, and it blends easily with all manner of juices, sodas and, well, pretty much anything else you can think of. The versatile spirit can add bracing refreshment to sours and highballs like the Gimlet and Gin & Tonic, or it can provide structure to boozier stirred drinks like Martinis. It's a real workhorse that deserves a spot on every home bar, especially when temperatures are heating up.

From the sweet and simple to the sublime and complex, any of the 10 easy-drinking libations you see here will keep you buzzing on a hot summer day. Grab your sunscreen, inflate those water wings and start planning your heat-conquering cocktail menu now.

  • Gimlet

    Gimlet

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    The only thing better than one Gimlet is two Gimlets. That's just math. An exercise in summertime simplicity, this three-ingredient classic is composed of lime juice, simple syrup and, of course, gin. Pro tip: Add a bit of basil and muddled cucumber to your shaker for an even fresher summertime taste.

  • New New York Sour

    New New York Sour

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    A clever spin on the classic New York Sour, Allen Katz’s creation skips the red wine floater in favor of orange liqueur and cherry cordial. It's perfect for sunset lounging at the end of a long, hot day. Go ahead: Treat yourself.

  • 50/50 Martini

    50-50 Martini

    Jamie Gordon

    The British refer to this class of drink as a “sharpener” because it’s a great starter drink that “sharpens” you for the rest of the evening. As the name suggests, the 50/50 Martini tones down the gin, balancing it with lower-proof dry vermouth. It's especially handy for warm summer nights, when you want to enjoy a great Martini with less of its intoxicating effects.

  • El Chapo

    El Chapo

    Ben Clemons

    Gin, strawberries, Aperol and grapefruit beer? Yes, please. This inspired and inspiring recipe is worth exploring. By simply infusing fresh strawberries into Aperol, you get a unique modifier that adds a complementary fruity component to the botanical gin and tart beer.

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  • Tom Collins

    Tom Collins

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    A summertime staple, the Tom Collins is so popular they named a glass after it! The cocktail is light, refreshing and a breeze to make. What more could you want? Okay, maybe a porch swing and a shade tree.

  • Bee's Knees

    Bee's Knees cocktail

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    The Bee’s Knees is a buzzworthy sour that's perfect for summer lounging. Sweetening a standard sour recipe with (criminally under-utilized) honey, this drink is an easy, tasty cocktail. Shake one up to cool off on a hot day.

  • Gin Rickey

    gin rickey cocktail

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    The Gin Rickey is a refreshing highball with roots dating back to the late 19th century. It's named for Joe Rickey, a Democratic lobbyist living in Washington, D.C. during that time. Favoring zero-sugar drinks, Rickey instructed a local bartender to build a?Bourbon Rickey, which led to the line of Rickeys we know today. The gin-laced version eventually became the most popular of all Rickeys, and it's something you'll want to hoist repeatedly during the hot summer months.

  • Singapore Sling

    Singapore Sling

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    Arguably the most famous classic cocktail hailing from Asia, the Singapore Sling was first served at the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. It's a refreshing option whenever the weather turns especially hot and humid. Yes, it's a more complex drink to make, but the result is worth the effort.

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  • Rosie Lee

    Rosie Lee cocktail

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    The Rosie Lee delicately melds exotic and interesting flavors (rose petals and lychee) with gin to put a fun spin on your typical cup of tea. The result is ice-cold perfection in a tea cup, and something you can enjoy all summer long. Invite some friends over for an updated take on the tea party, and everyone's sure to have a good time.

  • Boat House Punch

    Boat House Punch

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    Mmmm. Citrusy, bubbly and as attractive as it is delicious, the Boat House Punch is an ideal large-format drink for your next summer party. Gin gets a helping hand from multiple citrus fruits—lemon, orange and grapefruit—plus two liquors (Aperol and St-Germain) and, finally, a topper of rosé. Gather some friends, and mix up a batch.