4 Summer Spins on the Gin and Tonic

Tired of the staid summer standby? These refreshing new cocktails add some bold twists to a classic drink.

Photograph by Jennifer Livingston. Photographed at Gansevoort Park Avenue NYC.

Tired of the staid summer standby? These refreshing new cocktails add some bold twists to the classic après-tennis drink.

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Emma Frost (Pictured)

A fave at Philly's Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co., this cocktail's scene-stealing component is a grapefruit peel wound inside the glass.

Ingredients

2 oz Plymouth gin

1 oz Cocchi Americano

3/4 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz grapefruit syrup (let the rind of one grapefruit sit for a few hours or overnight in two cups of simple syrup)

1/4 oz Crème de Violette

Grapefruit peel

Recipe

Twirl a long grapefruit peel inside a Collins glass while adding ice until you've reached the top. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into the Collins glass and top with club soda. (Note: If you're using nice 1-inch x 1-inch ice cubes, you can alternately loop the grapefruit peel in between each cube in an S-shaped pattern.)

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South Side Fizz

Conceived at the Varnish in Los Angeles, the South Side Fizz is a tall, bubbly, hot-weather antidote with a bracingly cool menthol finish.

Ingredients

2 oz gin

1 oz fresh lime juice

3/4 oz simple syrup (one part sugar to one part water)

5 mint leaves

Recipe

Muddle mint leaves in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the rest of the ingredients and lightly shake with a small cube of ice. Strain over block ice in a Collins glass and top with club soda.

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Tallulah Gosh

This blush, fizzy drink from Brooklyn's Dram achieves a summery, just-plucked sweetness.

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Beefeater gin

1/2 oz fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz raspberry syrup

1/2 oz Dolin Blanc vermouth

1/4 oz pineapple juice

Recipe

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain over fresh ice in a Collins glass and top with club soda.

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Expense Account #2

The New Orleans bar Cure uses orange-blossom water to create a drink that's sweet and herbal; poured over pebble ice, it's like a slushie for grown-ups.

Ingredients

1 1/2 oz Plymouth gin 1 oz fresh lime juice

1/2 oz Becherovka

1/2 oz honey syrup (one part honey to one part water)

1/2 oz Pernod Anise

10 drops orange-blossom water

Absinthe

Recipe

Build all ingredients in a Collins glass. Add cracked ice, then add 1 1/2 oz of club soda. Stir 30 revolutions in the glass and spray the top of the drink with absinthe.

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—Christopher Ross (@cgallagherross), assistant editor at Details

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