5 gin cocktails every drinks lover should know

With so many types of gin out there, dipping your toes into the cocktail scene may seem intimidating. What’s wrong with a simple gin and tonic? While the gin and tonic is our favourite gin cocktail, too, there are a few gin based cocktails that we think any juniper-loving drinker should familiarise themselves with. So stock up on a few staples - lemons, limes, sugar syrup and loads of ice - and get mixing!

Gin Fizz

This gin based cocktail takes any good gin and turns it into a fizzy treat! Simply ingredients mean that you can use pretty much any gin for this one – stick to a classic, dry gin or opt for something more fresh or fruity (such as elderflower gin or raspberry gin) – and you’ll get great results no matter what.

Image: Hernö Gin

Ingredients:

45ml gin
30 ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
10ml sugar syrup
soda water

Method:

Shake together, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice, top with soda water and garnish with a twist of lime or lemon.

Gin Martini

A Martini is such a simple gin cocktail; it’s worth taking out your best gin or most expensive gin for this one. All you need is a bit of dry vermouth and ice and you have yourself one incredible gin cocktail! The different types of gin you use in this gin based cocktail will change its flavour slightly, so enjoy experimenting until you find what you like.

Classic gin Martini cocktail

Ingredients:

50ml gin
15ml dry vermouth

Method:

Combine gin and vermouth in a shaker filled with ice. Stir the mixture well (no shaking, à la James Bond!), then strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish with a twit of lemon.

Gin Bramble

One of our favourites, the Bramble is a classic, British gin cocktail. Blackberry syrup (crème de mûre) gives this gin based cocktail is sumptuous, sweet flavour, and all of the other ingredients are simply pantry staples anyone is sure to have! This simple cocktail recipe is one to memorise.

gin bramble cocktail

Ingredients:

60ml gin
30ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
15ml sugar syrup
15ml blackberry syrup (crème de mûre)

Method:

In a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup. Shake vigorously. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Drizzle with blackberry syrup and garnish with blackberries and a lemon wedge to serve.

Gin Buck

Not familiar with this gin cocktail? Well, you should be! Gin and ginger ale is a match made in heaven, and it’s high time that we start appreciating this gin based cocktail for the star it is. Ginger ale is a great mixer for gin, especially when you pair a premium gin with a premium mixer. Add a bit of lemon or lime juice and you have one of the best gin drinks around!

gin buck ginger ale cocktail

Ingredients:

60ml gin
15ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
premium ginger ale

Method:

Pour gin and lemon juice into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a twist of lemon to serve.

Pink Gin

Not only is a pink gin cocktail pretty to look at, it’s also a delicious gin drink that any true gin lover will enjoy. You may think pink gin is some novelty you buy at your local shop, but in reality this is a gin based cocktail with quite some history. Angostura bitters give it its pretty hue, and back in the mid-nineteenth century acted as medicine for Navy sailors – who needed to add gin to make it more palatable! Follow the recipe below for your own delicious pink gin.

pink gin bitters cocktail

Image from Make Me A Cocktail

Ingredients:

45ml gin
3-4 dashes Angostura bitters

Method:

Combine gin and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir well, then strain into a chilled Martini Glass and garnish with a twist of lemon to serve.