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Good Eats: Top-Rated Flavorful Summer Gin Cocktail Recipes

Summer is one of the best times for getting outdoors and enjoying patio season, especially here in Duluth, Minnesota. We concocted our top-rated and highest rated flavorful summer gin cocktail recipes for you to recreate. These are sure to hit the spot whether you are at the cabin with all your essentials or at home cozying up for an evening. Try these tasty adult beverages and enjoy the upcoming summer season. Grab your cocktail napkins and apron and let’s get to cocktailing.


This delicious recipe from Karla Alindahao, a Senior Contributor to Forbes is great addition for a cookout and can be done as an individual drink or as a pitcher for everyone to enjoy!

Ingredients (Individual)

  • 1 oz. Fords Gin
  • 0.25 oz. Chambord
  • 0.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 oz. sparkling water
  • 3 basil leaves

Directions (Individual)

  1. Muddle 2 basil leaves gently in a shaker tin.
  2. Add all ingredients except sparkling water and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain over ice in a rocks glass and top with sparkling water and garnish with remaining basil leaf.

Bringing this fantastic recipe to a cookout? Check out our Good Eats Blog for some great side dishes to bring as well!

Instructions (Batched)

Makes Approximately 10 Servings

  • 10 oz. Fords gin
  • 2 oz. Chambord
  • 8 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 8 oz. simple syrup
  • 16 oz. soda water
  • 20 basil leaves (5 for garnish)

Directions (Batched)

  1. In a punch bowl or large pitcher, add gin and 15 basil leaves and muddle.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and ice and stir gently.
  3. Skim muddled basil off with a slotted spoon or sieve, and garnish with the remaining 5 basil leaves.
  4. Serve in punch or rocks glasses, adding ice as needed.

The Best Gin and Tonic

This classic and simple gin and tonic cocktail recipe is created by Inspired that takes no time to put together and enjoy. To help create the perfect drink use quality mid-tier gin or high-end gin and don’t forget the lime!


  • 3 ounces (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) gin
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) tonic water
  • Lime wedge or slice
  • Ice


  1. Fill a high ball glass with ice.
  2. Add gin and lime juice.
  3. Then top with tonic water.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge or slice.

Lemonade Gin Mojito Cocktail Recipe

This mixed drink recipe from The Suburban Soap Box makes two Lemonade Gin Mojito’s so you can share this delicious mixed drink with a friend! While a mojito is traditionally made with a white rum, it has been substituted with gin for a fun twist along with swapping the lime for lemonade in this top-rated recipe! We highly recommend toasting to this cocktail in one of our top-selling Duluth Pack Logo Pint Glasses.


  • 8 mint leaves
  • 4 slices lemon
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 3 ounces gin
  • 1 cup lemonade
  • 1/2 cup club soda
  • 10 blueberries, if desired


  1. Add 4 mint leaves to a tall glass and top with two lemon slices. Muddle the mint and lemon to release the juice and oils. Repeat with remaining mint and lemon.
  2. Divide the ice between the two glasses. Top the ice with 1 1/2 ounces gin, 1/2 cup lemonade and 1/4 cup club soda. Repeat with the remaining gin, lemonade and club soda. Stir to combine.
  3. Garnish with blueberries, if desired and serve immediately.

Bee’s Knees (By Frank Meier, C. 1920s)

Similar to a Duluth Pack bag, you can count on this mixed drink, the Bee’s Knees being a favorite to many! This cocktail recipe from Karla Alindahao, a Senior Contributor to Forbes is simple to create and can easily be modified to make more drinks for a larger group.


  • 2 oz. Barr Hill gin
  • 0.75 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz. raw honey syrup


Shake and pour into a coupe. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Gin Fizz

The Gin Fizz is a cocktail classic! Duluth Pack has curated this recipe by to share with you as a fun summer drink to sip on in the evening. The Gin Fizz is a type of drink very similar to a sour as both often use egg white. Egg white can be used to soften tart drinks and make them richer in taste, they also help to hold the flavor of the drink well. When drinking a Gin Fizz or any drink that uses egg white you should not stir it into the drink, but rather shake it with a shaker for the full effect. Grab a glass and try this iconic drink!


  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 egg white (about 1/2 ounce)
  • Club soda, to top (about 1 ounce)


  1. Add the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and egg white to a shaker and vigorously dry-shake (without ice) for about 15 seconds.
  2. Add 3 or 4 ice cubes and shake vigorously until well-chilled.
  3. Double-strain into a chilled Collins glass and top with club soda.

Simple Syrup Recipe

Some of these recipes include simple syrup in their ingredients list. Rather than purchasing this item, you can make it at home with a few ingredients that are often kept on hand. has an easy-to-follow recipe to make this ingredient so you can always have fresh simple syrup on hand.


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • (Add a teaspoon of vanilla to make vanilla simple syrup)


  1. Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Let cool, then pour into a glass jar and seal tightly with a lid.
  4. Simple syrup will keep, refrigerated, for about one month.

These five flavorful gin cocktail recipes are a real hit. They make it easy to create a fancy drink that will impress your guests and taste delicious! Try these amazing recipes and make sure to tell all of us at Duluth Pack how they taste!

Cheers, friends!

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