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.
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
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.
2 oz gin
1 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz simple syrup (one part sugar to one part water)
5 mint leaves
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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This blush, fizzy drink from Brooklyn's Dram achieves a summery, just-plucked sweetness.
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
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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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.
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
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