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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. By day, she is an online content producer for mainetoday.com and the Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or saxelrod@mainetoday.com On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: July 25, 2013

Summer gin: 7 wonderfully refreshing cocktails to drink in Portland

Written by: Susan Axelrod - staff writer - saxelrod@mainetoday.com

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.

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:

Walter’s

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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 | waltersportland.com


Sonny’s

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Basil Fawlty

Tanqueray gin (England), fresh muddled basil and lemon, simple syrup, seltzer
Go get it: Sonny’s, 83 Exchange Street | sonnysportland.com


East Ender

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Gin Cocktail

Cold River gin (Maine), Saint Germain, grapefruit juice, sauvignon blanc
Go get it: East Ender, 47 Middle Street | eastenderportland.com


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 | thesaltexchangerestaurant.com


Outliers

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Outliers 75

Cold River gin (Maine), simple syrup, lemon juice, Prosecco
Go get it: Outliers Eatery, 231 York Street, Portland | https://www.facebook.com/OutliersEatery


LFK

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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 | https://www.facebook.com/pages/LFK/237325349663025


Petite Jacqueline

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Flaneur

Back River gin (Maine), dilly juice, dilly beans
Go get it: Petite Jacqueline, 190 State Street, Portland | bistropj.com

Read more about Maine’s craft distillers:
Maine craft distilleries making gin sing via pressherald.com

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