Gin Cocktails

Gin Cocktails

From sophisticated to simple, gin cocktails are hugely diverse. Given the versatility of gin, gin cocktails can be as inventive as the mixologist's or barman's imagination.

  • Dry Martini
    For the perfect martini, half fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add a splash of dry vermouth before stirring gently and strain. Add a little more ice, and 50ml of decent gin. Stir with a bar spoon - about 20 times is best. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with either a twist of lemon skin or an olive.
  • Negroni
    An Americano with gin added, this cocktail allegedly was named and created after Count Camillo Negroni decided that a standard Americano wasn't strong enough for him. Add a small (25ml) shot each of Campari, gin and red vermouth to a rocks glass half-filled with ice. Stir, and top up with ice. Garnish with an orange slice.
  • Bramble
    Invented by UK bartending guru, Dick Bradsell. Shake a large (50ml) shot of gin, a small (25ml) shot of fresh lime juice and half a shot of sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice and pour a small shot of creme de mure over the top. Garnish with two blackberries.
  • Pink Gin
    A very traditional cocktail, the recipe dates back to early in the 20th century. Chill a martini glass and a bottle of decent gin. Rinse a martini glass with Angostura bitters then add a large (50ml) shot of gin.
  • Singapore Sling
    The recipe for this classis cocktail can be traced back the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore. Into a shaker half filled with ice add a large (50ml) shot of gin, a tablespoon of Benedictine, a tablespoon of cherry brandy, 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of sugar syrup and then shake vigorously. Strain into an ice-filled sling glass, top up with soda water, and garnish with a citrus twist.

  • Caruso
    Into a shaker half filled with ice, add a large (50ml) shot of gin, a tablespoon of dry vermouth, and a tablespoon of green creme de menthe. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Alaska
    Half fill a cocktail shaker with ice, add a large (50ml) shot of gin, two tablespoons of yellow Chartreuse and two dashes of orange bitters. Shake and strain into a martini glass, and garnish with a cherry.
  • The Wibble
    Another Dick Bradsell creation, so named because it will make you unsteady on your feet but won't make you fall over. Into a shaker half filled with ice add 1 small (25ml) shot of gin, 1 small shot of sloe gin, 1 small shot of grapefruit juice, quarter of a small shot of fresh lemon juice, one third of a shot of sugar syrup and one third of a shot of creme de mure. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
  • Distressed Damson
    Muddle a chopped fresh lime and some blueberries in a rocks glass. Add a large (50ml) shot of damson gin, stir, and top up with crushed ice.
  • Gin and Tonic
    Pretty self explanatory, the perenially popular G and T is made exactly how it is named. Into a chilled Collins glass filled with ice, add a large (50ml) shot and a half of premium gin. Throw in a couple of slices each of lemon and lime, and wipe another slice of lime around the rim. Top up with cold tonic water.

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