Do you like a gin and tonic but when it comes to the cocktail bar, you default to a different classic tipple that doesn’t feature gin, or skip the unknowns in favour of an easy glass of prosecco? Maybe you’ve heard about the gin craze that’s sweeping the globe right now and aren’t sure which gin cocktails you would like, because you usually go for a vodka or whisky-based drink? Or maybe you’re a long-time gin lover who’s trying to convince a friend that they can and will love gin if they can be brave enough to try a few different cocktails?!
Well, help is at hand: read on to discover exactly which gin cocktails you should try based on your current favourite tipple! These aren’t simply cocktails where we’ve replaced the original type of alcohol with gin; they are well-established drinks in their own right. So go on, be brave - we promise you won’t regret it!
Love this? Whisky Sour
Then try this: Gin Sour
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.
Love this? Aperol Spritz
Then try this: Ginny Aperol Spritz
75ml sparkling wine
1 slice of orange
Add lots of ice to a large copa or wine glass and pour in the Aperol, sparkling wine and gin. Stir gently, then top up with a splash of soda (if desired). Garnish with a slice of orange.
Love this? Old Fashioned
Then try this: Gin Old Fashioned
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 tsp water
1 cube sugar
Place sugar cube in a heavy-bottomed glass tumbler.
Add 2 dashes of bitter and a teaspoon of water, then muddle until sugar dissolves.
Add gin and stir well. Add ice cubes and a twist of orange peel and let the drink sit for a couple of minutes before serving.
Love this? Margarita
Then try this: Gin Fix
30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
Pop all of the ingredients into a shaker along with a lot of ice, and shake for at least 15 seconds. Put some fresh ice into a glass and strain the liquid over the top. Garnish with a lemon slice.
Love this? Mojito
Then try this: Mint Gin Julep
2 tsp sweet sugar syrup*
15 mint leaves
1 splash soda water
In a Julep cup (or other large glass), muddle together sugar syrup and mint leaves. Fill glass with crushed ice then add the Genever and gin. Top with soda water and stir well to combine.
Serve garnished with a sprig of mint.
Love this? Manhattan
Then try this: Martinez
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.
Love this? Daiquiri
Then try this: Gin Daiquiri
22.5ml fresh lime juice
15ml sugar syrup*
Pack a cocktail shaker with ice and add your ingredients, then shake well. Strain your drink into a coupe glass. Garnish with the grapefruit peel and serve.
Love this? Bellini
Then try this: Sparkling Bee’s Knees
20ml lemon juice
70ml Champagne or sparkling wine
Combine the gin, honey and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 20 seconds. Strain into a coupe and top up with Champagne.
*To make sugar syrup from scratch, add equal parts sugar to water (try 150ml of each) and bring to a boil in a saucepan. After the sugar has dissolved, allow to cool before adding to your cocktails. Any leftover sugar syrup will keep in the fridge for up to a week or so.