There will always be a place at the bar for gin and tonics, old fashioneds and martinis, but sometimes we just want something new and exciting. And with cocktails, the possibilities for new combinations are limitless.

While you may not want to delve into making infused simple syrups or start experimenting with nitrogen in your cocktails, with just a few small tweaks you can reinvent your favorite classics at home. And you'll be happy you did.

Take the classic gin and tonic. It's a good, solid drink that's easy to make, but once you've had it a dozen times it becomes completely predictable. Change it up by switching out the gin for dark rum. It may not sound like a winning combination, but you'll be amazed by how light and refreshing it is; with one sip you'll instantly feel like you're on vacation. Check out what other small tweaks can reinvent your cocktails in the slideshow below.

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  • Rum And Tonic

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.pinkofperfection.com/2007/09/5-things-bottle-of-rum/" target="_hplink">Rum and Tonic recipe</a> by Pink of Perfection</strong> While most people might ask for a gin and tonic, a rum and tonic is the way to go this summer. It's light, bright and refreshing. We think it works particularly well with the brand <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CFoQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.brugal-ron.com%2F&ei=lUj7T4TPLobd0QGugdXHBg&usg=AFQjCNG0U0xCsXS0vFoJyy92qzHNu7Mong&sig2=eqA01N5uhJU9VLjsj7G6Iw" target="_hplink">Brugal Anejo</a>.

  • Vanilla Rum And Coke recipe

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.krystaslifeinfood.com/2011/02/vanilla-rum-cola-and-girls-trip.html" target="_hplink">Vanilla Rum and Coke recipe</a> by My Life In Food</strong> How many rum and cokes can we drink in our lives? We think it's time to spice this classic up with a hint of vanilla and an orange in place of the classic lime.

  • Cucumber Margarita

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.surlykitchen.com/2012/06/cucumber-margarita.html" target="_hplink">Cucumber Margarita recipe</a> by Surly Kitchen</strong> While lime makes for a refreshing margarita, cucumber takes it one step further making it just the drink to quench your thirst on a hot day.

  • Watermelon Bloody Mary

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.thebittenword.com/thebittenword/2009/08/watermelon-bloody-marys.html" target="_hplink">Watermelon Bloody Mary recipe</a> by www.TheBittenWord.com</strong> Fresh watermelon perks up the classic tomato-based Bloody Mary. And we imagine that makes it an even better hangover cure with this refreshing fruit.

  • Champagne Grapefruit Cocktail

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.gooseberrymooseberry.com/2012/03/pamplemousse-royal-grapefruit-champagne.html" target="_hplink">Champagne Grapefruit Cocktail recipe</a> by Gooseberry Mooseberry</strong> Mimosas will always have their place at the brunch table, but sometimes grapefruit can make bubbly more fun.

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