6 classic whisky cocktails that are better with gin instead

Tomorrow is World Whisky Day, and while this could be a good excuse to trade in gin for something a bit different… we decided to go another route: to take the beautiful cocktails made for this golden liquor and serve them up with gin instead! Here’s some of the most classic whisky cocktails out there – gin-ified.

1. Gin Old-Fashioned

Simple, quick and delicious – just like it’s whisky counterpart.

Gin Old Fashioned with orange twist over a block of ice in tumble

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50ml gin (Genever also works very well)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 tsp water
1 cube sugar


Place sugar cube in a heavy-bottomed glass.
Add 2 dashes of bitter and a teaspoon of water, then muddle until sugar dissolves.
Add gin and stir well. Add ice cubes into drink, let sit for a couple of minutes, and enjoy.

2. Gin Cola

A favourite of last August's distillers, Siderit, you won’t be reaching for a Jack and Coke after trying this tipple out.

Gin Cola in martini glass fizzing with lemon zest twist garnish

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50ml gin
200ml cola
Citrus zest and/or cinnamon stick, to garnish


Combine gin and cola in a tall glass with lots of ice. Garnish with cinnamon stick orange zest.

3. Gin on Gin Julep

The Mint Julep is a staple in the American South, and this fresh gin version is perfect for summer sipping!

Gin on gin julep crushed ice and mint

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2 tsp sweet sugar syrup*
15 mint leaves
25ml Genever
25ml gin
1 splash soda water


*To make the sugar syrup, combine two parts sugar and one part water in a saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Let cool fully before using.

In a Julep cup (or other large glass), muddle together sugar syrup and mint leaves.
Fill glass with crushed ice and add genever and gin.
Top with soda water and stir well to combine.
Serve garnished with a sprig of mint.

4. Martinez

What do you get when you swap the whisky in a Manhattan with gin? This tasty tipple!

Martinez Red Orange cocktail in martini glass with orange twist garnish

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40ml gin (Old Tom preferred)
40ml sweet vermouth
1 tsp maraschino liqueur
2 dashes orange bitters
Lemon twist, to garnish


In a chilled glass, combine all of the ingredients with ice and stir well. Garnish with a twist of lemon and a maraschino cherry, if desired.

*For a Craft Gin Club twist on this tipple, check out our Arbikie Martinez recipe here.

5. Gin Sour

The Whisky Sour may be the most iconic cocktail in the sour family, but this gin variation is just as (if not more!) delicious.

Gin Sour white cocktail with lemon zest twist garnish

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50 ml gin
25 ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
4 tsp sugar syrup


 Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake vigorously until chilled.
Strain into a chilled coupe glass.
Serve garnished with a lemon zest, if desired.

*Note: some variations of the gin sour may also include egg white.

6. Gin Toddy

The weather may be getting warmer, but a good Hot Toddy recipe is a must know – especially when it’s a gin one!

Gin hot toddy in whiskey glass

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40ml gin (London Dry preferred)
20ml lemon juice
60ml hot water
1 tsp sugar (or honey)
Cinnamon stick, to garnish


In a mug or glass, combine all of the ingredients. Stir well and garnish with cinnamon stick, to serve