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06/14/2013 07:00 pm ET Updated Aug 14, 2013

Father's Day Cocktails

Gin Darlings? Just a coincidence that World Gin Day falls on Father's Day weekend? Well lovelies, it's a sure sign that gin cocktails must be on the menu this weekend. Here are a few of my favorite cocktails. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, gin, and so I have thrown a few of my favorite gin-based cocktails in the mix for you.(no pun intended).

The Classic
Tanqueray, a Juniper forward London dry gin the discerning choice for the well-heeled and well-traveled, and a perfect pairing for the bitter tonic. It seems, that the right ingredients are essential for such a seemingly simple drink. One must, simply must, have bottled tonic, for the maximum effervescence. Along with frosty ice cubes and a slice of lime to round out the flavor and add that necessary punch of citrus. But as the farmers markets are abundant and the patio herb garden's flourish, try a sprig of rosemary or basil mint muddled a bit in your next batch, simply divine I should say!

Gin and Tonic
Serves 4

8 oz. Tanqueray Gin
16 oz. Tonic water
4 lime wedges
4 sprigs fresh rosemary (if desired)

Toss a few rosemary leaves into each of the four glasses, muddle or crush them slightly to release the oils and flavors. Fill glasses with ice and add 2 oz. of gin and tonic water to each. Squeeze a lime wedge into each glass, and serve.
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Fruity Concoctions
For a refreshing summer sipper with a slightly fruity base, I mix up my version of the Clover Club served at London's Savoy Hotel.
Using Nolet's Silver Dry Gin. I find it to be a modern gin with a refreshing fruit forward and floral profile of botanicals including rose, peach, and raspberry. Perfect for a brunch, or summer afternoon gathering. Oh, I served these at a recent impromptu Girl's Night. They were a super crowd pleaser!

Silver Stars
Serves 4

8 oz. Nolet's Silver Dry Gin
4 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. lemon juice
Raspberries for garnish

In a bar glass filled with ice, mix the gin, raspberry liqueur, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Strain into coupe glasses, or rocks glasses, garnish with raspberries and serve.
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The Splashy Sipper
Perfect for rooftop sipping and poolside imbibing, this gin-sip is delightfully delicious and highly recommend for a sunshine filled weekend!

The Poolside
Serves 4

8 oz. Plymouth Gin
4 oz. Lillet blanc
1 oz. simple syrup
1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice

In a shaker filled with ice, mix all ingredients and shake well.
Pour into ice filled Collins glasses, garnish with a lemon wedge and serve.
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All photos Jack Deutsch, adapted from It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere, by Colleen Mullaney

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