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The Upgraded Paloma

This summer refresher from Zac Overman at Seattle's Sitka & Spruce is the perfect example of delayed gratification. Put in some advance work to make a rich, almost buttery sweet-tart grapefruit cordial and you have the makings of a whole pitcher's worth of drinks at a moment's notice. More

Lady Grey

If your plans for the day involve swinging in a hammock or enjoying an outdoor brunch with friends, make a pitcher of this cocktail featuring mint, ginger, citrus, and black tea. More

I Dream of Greenie

This cocktail tastes just like spring. A clean London Dry Gin like Bombay Dry or Beefeater provides a great base for the sweet peas, the cooling mint, peppery arugula, and floral black pepper in this drink. More

Shiso Fine

Cucumber and mint are common cocktail ingredients, but this one is a little more unusual thanks to the addition of delicate rice wine vinegar and shiso, a mint relative that's often used in Asian cuisines. More

Sierra Madre Sunrise

This mezcal drink, made with bittersweet Aperol and fresh lemon, can go two ways: with Angostura bitters, it's spicy-earthy-cinnamony. Or try chocolate bitters, which play up the sweet and bitter orange flavors in the Aperol. More

Honey and Marmalade Sour

Orange marmalade may be sweet, but it also offers an underlying bitterness reminiscent of burnt caramel. Lemon juice helps the citrus sing while honey mellows the whole thing out in this intensely flavorful vodka sour. It's the kind of versatile cocktail that's equally appropriate day or night, all year round. More

Thyme for a Salty Dog

Salty Dogs are great with gin, but we like to use vodka in this rendition—its more neutral flavor lets the interplay of bitter grapefruit and woodsy thyme take center stage. The cocktail's signature salt-coated rim gives the tart, herbal combo a welcome jolt. More

Sherry Martini

Pair gin with vermouth and you get botanicals on top of botanicals. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but bring sherry into the mix and you'll find something both more smooth and electrifying, with hints of marcona almonds and a wonderful savory bite. More

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