10 Gin Cocktails That Will Make You Reconsider Your Standard G&T

Bottoms up 🍹.

All hail gin, the "happy medium" of clear spirits: It's refreshing in a summer spritzer or citrusy cocktail, and its juniper berry base is said to actually be good for you: it's low in calories, helps fight infection and disease, and boosts digestion (in other words, sign us up 🙋). Below, 10 easy gin cocktails to mix up for summer happy hours (and help you deviate from your basic G&T routine).

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1 Strawberry Rhubarb G&T

Ingredients: 

1.5 parts Hendrick's  Gin

3 parts Q Tonic

1.5 parts Strawberry Rhubarb Simple Syrup*

Fresh Strawberries and Basil, for garnish

Directions: 

Add gin and simple syrup to a glass, add ice, top with Q Tonic, and garnish with strawberries and basil.

*Add 1 cup each of chopped fresh rhubarb and strawberries, 3/4 cup raw cane sugar, and 1 cup water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes until fruit breaks down. Strain through a chinois and chill. 

Courtesy of Hendrick's Gin

2 Gin Mare

Ingredients: 

1 oz. Gin Mare

Bui Tonic Water

Directions: 

Add Bui Tonic water to Gin Mare, then garnish with orange and lemon slices, plus rosemary.

Courtesy of Fairmont Mayakoba

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3 Spanish-Style Spring G&T

Ingredients: 

1.5 parts Hendrick's  Gin

4 parts Q Tonic or Q Indian Tonic

Seasonal Garnishes (we used peeled rhubarb, strawberry and basil)

Directions: 

Combine ingredients in a copa or burgundy-style red wine glass. Stir to combine and garnish freely. 

Courtesy of Hendrick's Gin

4 Gin-Fitzey

Ingredients: 

1.5 oz. Gin

Simple Syrup

½ Lime (sliced into 3 wedges)

Splash of Lemon Lime Sparking Ice

Lime, for garnish

Directions: 

Add gin, simple syrup, and lime wedges to shaker. Muddle. Add ice. Shake and strain into highball glass. Add a splash of Lemon Lime Sparkling Ice. Garnish with lime twist.

Courtesy of Sparkling Ice

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5 Verde Gimlet

Ingredients: 

1 part Ancho Reyes Verde

1 part Hendrick's Gin

1 part Lime

½ part Rich Simple Syrup (2:1 Sugar:Water)

Slice of Cucumber

Directions: 

Add all ingredients to shaker, add ice, and shake hard to chill and dilute.  Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a cocktail coupe, then garnish with a cucumber wheel.

Courtesy of Hendrick's Gin

6 Infused Cucumber G&T

Ingredients: 

1.5 Hendrick's  Gin

4 parts Q Tonic

3 Cucumber Ribbons, per drink

Directions: 

Lay cucumber ribbons against the inside of a tall Collins glass end to end from bottom to top.  Carefully add cube ice. Top with gin and tonic and garnish with lime. 

Courtesy of Hendrick's Gin

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7 Rosa is Red

Ingredients:

5 oz. Rosa Regale

1 oz. London Dry Gin

3/4 oz. Lemon Juice

3/4 oz. Lavender Simple Syrup*

1/2 oz. Blood Orange Juice

1 Strawberry, sliced

Orange Peel, for garnish

Directions:

Combine gin, lemon, blood orange, and lavender simple syrup into shaking tin and fill half way with ice. Shake for 3 seconds and strain into a wine glass with ice and top with sparkling rose. Drop strawberries into glass and garnish with orange peel.

*Bring one cup water to a boil with 1 Tblsp. lavender sprigs. Add 1 cup of sugar and stir until dissolved. Take off heat and let cool. Strain out lavender and refrigerate up to one week.

Courtesy of Rosa Regale

8 Beet Pray Love

Ingredients: 

1.5 oz. Greenhook Gin

0.75 oz. Lime Juice

0.5 oz. Beet Juice

0.5 oz. Simple Syrup

3 Blackberries

4 Mint Leaves

Directions: 

Combine Brooklyn-made Greenhook gin, freshly squeezed lime, beet juice, simple syrup, local blackberries, and mint. Serve on the rocks and top with Q Club Soda.

Served at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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9 Van Brunt Gimlet

Ingredients: 

2 oz. Plymouth Gin

1 oz. Lime Juice

0.75 oz. Pomegranate Grenadine

Spray of Rose Water

Lime Wheel, for garnish

Directions: 

Combine ingredients, shake, and strain into a coupe glass. 

Served at The Dorsey at the Venetian

10 Muses

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 oz. Hayman's 1850 Reserve Gin

3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon

1/2 oz. Chamomile Infused Honey Syrup

Champagne Foam (made with Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label, yellow chartreuse, raspberry, mint, agave nectar, and lemon juice)

Directions: 

Combine ingredients, shake, and strain into a champagne glass. 

Served at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

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