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Recipes: Unique gin cocktails perfect for summer

Four New England distillers serve up delicious and original gin-based drink recipes.

visitor enjoys a sample in the tasting room of Rhode Island’s Sons of Liberty.

Webb Chappell for the Boston Globe

A visitor enjoys a sample in the tasting room of Rhode Island’s Sons of Liberty.

Bershire Mountain Distillers’ Greylock Negroni

1 1/2 ounces Berkshire Mountain Distillers Greylock Gin

1 ounce Campari

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1 ounce Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth

Orange twist

Place a generous amount of crushed ice into a cocktail shaker. Add the gin, Campari, and vermouth and shake well. Serve with an orange twist on the rocks or in a chilled cocktail glass.

Maine Distilleries’ Basil Tom Collins

5 basil leaves (and a sprig for garnish)

2 ounces Cold River Gin

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1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

1/2 ounce simple syrup

Muddle basil leaves in a cocktail shaker, add gin, juices, simple syrup, and ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass with ice, top with club soda, garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.

Sons of Liberty’s True Born Paloma

1 1/2 ounces True Born Gin

1/2 ounce simple syrup

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice

Pinch of salt

1 12-ounce bottle Jarritos grapefruit soda

Lime wheel for garnish

Place a generous amount of crushed ice into a cocktail shaker. Add gin, simple syrup, lime juice, and salt and shake. Strain into a Collins glass full of ice. Top with Jarritos grapefruit soda and garnish with a lime wheel.

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Caledonia Spirits’ Mind Your Own

1 1/2 ounces Tom Cat Gin

3/4 ounce honey sage syrup

3/4 ounce chilled camomile tea

1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc

1/4 ounce Blandy’s Sercial Madeira

Honey sage syrup: In a medium saucepan, add 1/2 cup each honey and water, plus 3 sage leaves, and heat until the honey dissolves fully. Remove from stove and let cool overnight with the sage leaves in the syrup. Remove the sage before serving.

Cocktail: Mix syrup and remaining ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake, strain, and serve up, preferably in a Nick and Nora glass and garnished with fresh sage.

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