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5 Lazy Highballs That Aren't a Gin & Tonic


Gin & Tonics, Jack & Cokes, Vodka & Sodas, these drinks—simple as they are—stand firmly in the cocktail hall of fame. But they aren’t the only cocktails you can build in a glass. There’s a wide world of highballs out there, just waiting for you to pour, stir and sip. Here, five of our favorites.

New England summer in a glass, the Sea Breeze elevates the traditional Vodka & Cranberry with bittersweet grapefruit. Take a sip, close your eyes and pretend you’re sipping one on your yacht off the Cape before the clambake.

The Essentials

Grapefruit Juice
Cranberry Juice
Despite its patriotic name, this cocktail was invented in Milan in the 1800s, and it’s been a favorite aperitif ever since. A mix of Campari, sweet vermouth and club soda, this is the perfect pre-Caprese salad cocktail.

The Essentials

Sweet Vermouth
Club Soda
This Bermuda-based cocktail is an ideal pick when you’re not in the mood to mix a 15-ingredient tiki drink, but still want to be transported somewhere tropical. A simple mix of rum and ginger beer, it’s spicy, sweet and fit for a pirate.

The Essentials

lime juice
ginger beer
Before you scoff at the main ingredient, be reminded that the back-of-the-liquor-cabinet sloe gin you may be thinking of is a bastardized, syrupy sweet version of the good stuff. Real craft sloe gin is a balanced, sweet-tart liqueur, which, when mixed with fresh lemon juice and club soda, makes for a delightful departure from the usual Gin & Soda.

The Essentials

Sloe Gin
Lemon Juice
Club Soda
Party like one of the Rolling Stones with this vibrant, ombré cocktail, created in the 1970s for Mick Jagger and co. It’s so easy to make, you don’t even need to mix it. In fact, doing so would ruin the visual effect. If you use homemade hibiscus grenadine leftover from your more complicated cocktailing exploits, you’ll really be crushing the lazy cocktail game.

The Essentials

Blanco Tequila
Orange Juice

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