Five drinks to make with Sun Liquor's homemade gin

Five drinks to make with Sun Liquor's homemade gin
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Can you have your booze and drink it, too? You can at Sun Liquor distillery/bar, which is getting dangerously near to selling their first batches of gin.

And though the owners are still finagling with the legalities of making, selling and offering tastings of the stuff, we're getting ready for all the naughty/tasting things we'll be doing to their new gin, which is, according to their Facebook page, nearly ready for bottling.

Here are five cocktails for you to practice and perfect while we anxiously await Sun's sauce.

1. Gim Gimlet. Refreshing, simple and oh-so-easy to make, the gin gimlet has a few varieties. And while some add a splash of soda or use Rose's, using a 1 to 1 ration of gin and fresh lime juice is really the most tart and tasty way to showcase the gin itself.

2. The Bee's Knees. This is a good one for the end of summer; especially if you've got guests who want to get buzzed but aren't big on gin. For a pitcher (or a single), use one part each of grapefruit and pineapple juice, plus 2 parts gin and a spoonful of honey.

3. Bronx. Once one of the most popular drinks in the world, the Bronx is a bartender favorite, and a classier version of the old gin and juice. You'll need one part sweet red vermouth, 1/2 part dry and 2 parts each of orange juice and gin.

4. Tom Collins. The TC never goes out of style. Subtlety is key with this refreshing cocktail, so add just a splash of soda water, a drizzle of simple syrup and a generous 2 to 1 portion of gin and fresh lemon juice.

5. A Damn Good Martini. Oh, you're a traditionalist? Fear not, a straight martini is a high-brow way to put the booze du jour front-and-center. For a full shaker, use 8 ounces of gin, 1/2 ounce of both sweet and dry vermouth, a few scoops of ice and shake. Garnish with an olive (duh) and let your friends decide how dirty they want to get.