4 Gin Cocktails for Summer

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A few months spent resting in oak casks add a golden glow and a whiskey-like flourish of vanilla and spice to gins in this up-and-coming category.

The Urban Cowboy

Recipe courtesy Lori Buhl, bar manager at The Hightower, Austin, Texas

Essentially, this is an old-fashioned recipe that uses barrel-aged gin in place of (also barrel-aged) whiskey for a bright, vanilla-edged variation. Waterloo, a Texas-made gin, fits right in with Hightower’s straightforward locavore vibe.

1 sugar cube
3 dashes Bar Keep Chinese Bitters (Angostura may be substituted)
1-inch piece of orange peel
2 ounces Waterloo Antique Gin, or other barrel-aged gin
Luxardo Maraschino cherry

In a rocks glass, muddle the sugar cube and bitters with 1 teaspoon of water. Add the orange peel and muddle gently, just enough to release the orange oil from the peel. Add gin, cherry and ice, and stir to chill.

Also try Watershed Bourbon Barrel Gin, St. George Dry Rye Reposado Gin, Chief Gowanus Traditional New Netherland Gin

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