Gin

Gin is a neutral grain spirit that is redistilled with botanicals, with the predominant flavor being juniper berries. Since every brand uses a differing combination of flavorings, gins are usually identified by their botanical profile. Besides juniper, common botanicals include angelica, coriander, orris root, orange peels and licorice. If you're looking to delve more into the world of gin, Food & Wine's guide explores its history, the best brands to try and great cocktail recipes that go beyond a G&T.

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Boozy, bitter, and tart, this vibrant red blended drink sips like a frozen Negroni. It's the perfect not-too-sweet boozy frozen summer slushy. Keyatta Mincey-Parker's method of infusing the blanc vermouth with whole dried hibiscus flowers imparts their fruity and floral sweetness without masking the delicate aromas and flavor.

Rosy Hibiscus-Gin Lowball

On the fence when it comes to gin? Try a sip of this gateway cocktail. Known as sorrel in parts of Africa, roselle—the type of hibiscus used in most hibiscus teas—complements the floral notes of gin, resulting in a refreshing, balanced beverage. Stir leftover hibiscus tea into lemonade for a refreshing nonalcoholic sipper.
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Third-Wave Swizzle

A swizzle stick is the key to a cold, well-mixed, frothy drink, but if you don’t have one on hand, you can use a long bar spoon to mix (although you won’t get as much frothing). To create the best froth and chill, rub the swizzle stick in between both hands to swish the stick back and forth in the cocktail.

Spiced Maple Gimlets

With warm, rounded flavors like maple syrup and sarsaparilla, this gin cocktail is comforting and deeply flavored, rather than light and aromatic.

Clementine 75

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This juicy cocktail is a riff on a classic French 75, but instead of using lemon juice, Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple swaps in clementine juice. The best part of this drink is that it also makes an excellent mocktail: Use apple cider vinegar and seltzer instead of the gin and Champagne. Slideshow: More Champagne Cocktail Recipes