Thursday April 24th 2014

Summer gin: 7 wonderfully refreshing cocktails to drink in Portland

By: Susan Axelrod

Crisp, dry and refreshing, a gin and tonic is the quintessential summer cocktail – and not just for your grandparents’ generation. A growing number of craft distillers – four of them right here in Maine – are making gins that range from bold and brash to citrusy and smooth.

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At restaurants and bars in Portland, local gins and those from away are the stars of summer cocktail menus. No madras shorts or yacht club membership required to enjoy these seasonal libations:


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New Wave Gin and Tonic

Cold River gin (Maine), Q Tonic, Grand Marnier, Lemon and Lime Juices
Go get it: Walters, 2 Portland Square, Portland |


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Basil Fawlty

Plymouth gin (England), fresh muddled basil, simple syrup, fresh lime
Go get it: Sonny’s, 83 Exchange Street, Portland |

East Ender

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Gin Cocktail

Cold River gin, Saint Germaine, grapefruit juice, sauvignon blanc
Go get it: East Ender, 47 Middle Street, Portland |

The Salt Exchange

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Cucumber Pimms Cup

Back River gin (Maine), Pimms #1, cucumber essence, ginger beer, lemon juice
GO get it: The Salt Exchange, 245 Commercial Street, Portland |


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Outliers 75

Cold River gin, simple syrup, lemon juice, Prosecco
Go get it: Outliers Eatery, 231 York Street, Portland |


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Cross-Eyed and Painless

Bombay Sapphire gin (England), Dolan dry vermouth, orange juice, bitters, lime and cucumber
Go get it: LFK, 188 A State Street, Portland |

Petite Jacqueline

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Back River gin, dilly juice, dilly beans
Go get it: Petite Jacqueline, 190 State Street, Portland |