4 Gin Cocktails for Summer

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What is it about cool, crisp gin that makes it a natural for summer cocktails? Maybe it’s the pine-like breeze of juniper, or the refreshing hint of citrus.

Or maybe it’s simply gin’s versatility. Now more than ever, there’s a gin—and a gin cocktail—for every taste, not only in summer, but year-round.

“Gin features prominently in classic cocktails,” says Chaim Dauermann, head bartender at New York City’s Gin Palace, which (as the name suggests) specializes in gin drinks. The bar is in part a nod to the lavish gin watering holes popular in England in the early 19th century.

“But the recent explosion in gin has resulted in an exciting array of options within the modern cocktails category,” Dauermann says. “There’s a gin to fit almost every sort of cocktail you can dream up.”

Dauermann says this is just the beginning. “The new gin boom seems to still be in its early stages. It will continue to mature as more people return to gin, and others come to realize how approachable it actually is.”

Playwright Noël Coward once said, “A perfect martini should be made by filling a glass with gin and waving it in the general direction of Italy.”

While the following gin-based summer drinks are slightly more reliant on other ingredients than Coward’s, they are no less celebratory of the spirit. Each showcases one of gin’s myriad styles.

—Kara Newman
Photos by Aaron Graubert

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