Northern Michigan food and drink is what gets us through the summer. Traverse‘s food and drink editor, Tim Tebeau, explores three refreshing gin-based and fruit-ridden cocktails that’ll help shake up the rest of the summer.

August’s bright skies and blue water are the perfect platform for batch cocktails and six of your best friends.

So let’s consider gin.

Its complex botanical infusions and delicious synergy with summer flavors like berries, citrus and cucumber, make it a mighty fine base spirit for enabling your summer punch buzz. The profusion of craft distilleries Up North gives dockside mixologists a spectrum of local gins, ranging from the bright pine- and lavender-scented Jack Pine Gin from Northern Latitudes to the mellow, barrel-aged Old Tom-style Peninsula Gin from Grand Traverse Distilling.

Stock up on local gin, dig out your vintage punch bowl and get to sipping these tasty late-summer, large-batch libations.

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