Gin cocktails for summer

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Gin is more popular than ever, so it’s a good time to learn some simple serving options to take it to another dimension. You don’t need any fancy equipment for my speedy gin cocktails – even a jam jar will do as a shaker. It’s all about the love you put into the preparation.

To get you started, here are a few tips to boost your cocktail-making confidence:

  • The key to making drinks is the balance between sweet and sour/bitter. Try not to let one element overpower the other.
  • Taste your drinks before you serve to make sure they’re wonderful.
  • If serving over ice, fill your glass to the top with the stuff.
  • Ensure your garnish is fresh and stacked close to the straws.
  • Remember that we drink in three steps, with our eyes first, then with our nose and finally with our mouth.

As a general rule I recommend using 50ml of gin for each cocktail unless otherwise stated. If using a liqueur, too, I tend to drop to 40ml gin and use 10ml of the liqueur. Use fresh citrus juice and balance 20ml of that to 15ml of sugar syrup that’s been made from equal parts sugar and water (you’ll find a recipe at the bottom of the page).

10 quick and easy gin cocktails

Bramble

Short and fragrant. Big love to the late, legendary bartender Dick Bradsell, its creator.

You’ll need:
40ml gin
20ml sugar syrup
20ml lemon juice
10ml crème de mure
berries or lemon zest, for garnish
Take a large measure of dry gin and shake together with the lemon and sugar syrup, pour over crushed ice and drizzle the crème de mure through the drink. Garnish with a lemon zest or some fresh seasonal berries. A true party pleaser.

French 75

Party time! This one uses smaller amounts of spirits to allow the fizz to flourish.

You’ll need:
10ml gin
10ml orange liqueur
10ml lemon
5ml sugar
fizz of your choice, for topping up

Mix the gin, orange liqueur and lemon juice in a flute and top with chilled bubbly. Continue to party like it’s 2099.

Elderflower collins

Fresh and fruity. If you’ve not made your own elderflower cordial, you can buy it from most big supermarkets now.

You’ll need:
50ml gin
20ml lemon
10ml sugar syrup
10ml elderflower cordial
soda, for topping up
Shake the gin with the lemon, sugar and a dash of elderflower cordial. Pour over rock ice and lengthen with the soda. Decorate with a sprig of your favourite herb. If you’re feeling like a true vagabond then top with sparkling wine to make an elderflower royale.

Sloe gin fizz

Give wonderfully wintry sloe gin a mean cocktail kick.

You’ll need:
50ml sloe gin
20ml lemon juice
15ml syrup
20ml egg whites

Shake together the sloe gin, lemon, sugar syrup, a rosemary sprig and the fresh egg white with ice. Then, shake without the ice to ensure maximum frothage. Serve straight up in a wine glass with a slapped rosemary sprig aloft.

Italians believe you need to drink three of these before you begin to enjoy them (not in one night though):

You’ll need:
25ml gin
25ml sweet vermouth
25ml Campari
1 strip orange zest
Pour the gin, vermouth and Campari into your favourite rocks glass over ice. Stir it down to your preferred taste. Then, zest the orange with true Italian flair over the glass and add to the potion. Forget minutes – you can make this in seconds…

Martini

Stirred NOT shaken.

You’ll need:
60ml gin
vermouth, to taste
A martini all about personal preference. The key elements to success are ensuring your vermouth is fresh, gin is quality and the garnish is appetising. Stir your required amount of gin (here I’ve used 60ml) with however much dry vermouth you like: the more you use the more herbal it will be. Stir to taste – it’s about finding the perfect dilution. Don’t be afraid to garnish your masterpiece with something that might seem peculiar either – personally I take two pickled onions. Ensure your glass is frozen and the liquid smooth. James Bond, who?

What shall we do with the drunken sailor? Note that your cordial can be shop-bought or homemade and it’s fun to mix it up with the seasons.

You’ll need:
50ml gin
25ml cordial (we used lime)

This ratio of two parts gin to one part cordial dances in the glass. Stir down, pour into a glamorous coupe and garnish how you please. I enjoy a slapped sage leaf.

Fogcutter

Tiki-style. This one has a quadruple booze hit. You can buy almond syrup online – the most common brand is Monin, which is used to flavour coffee as well as cocktails.

You’ll need:
20ml gin
20ml brandy
20ml rum
40ml orange juice
20ml lemon juice
15ml almond syrup
5ml sherry
Combine the gin, brandy, rum, freshly-squeezed orange and lemon juice, then add the almond syrup to really funk things up. Shake well and add the sherry to top. Garnish with anything fun you can lay your hands on and serve tall over ice.

G&T

The headline act. A gin and tonic evolves into something far more complex with the right twists.

You’ll need:
gin
lots of ice
a big copa glass (a large, balloon-shaped glass)
natural tonic water
your favourite garnish

Celebrate this piece of heritage with a glorious serve, always using one part gin to two parts tonic. Check out my favourite makeover blends by reading my guide to 10 gin and tonics with a twist or discover even more inspiration in Good Food’s gin and tonic recipe collection.

Southside

Also known as a mojito, gin-style.

You’ll need:
50ml gin,
20ml lime
15ml sugar syrup,
6-8 mint leaves.

Drop the gin, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and the mint leaves into your shaker then get your arms moving. Fine-strain it into a posh martini glass that’s been chilled. Hold the ice. Garnish with one slapped mint leaf.

Quick sugar syrup recipe

Bring one part sugar and one part water together and heat in a pan. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved. If you want to go the extra mile, you can flavour this with fresh herbs, citrus zest and spices.

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Nobody wants to host the Christmas party from hell with Wham! on repeat and soggy mince pies.

Gin made from unicorn tears is perfect for Harry Potter lovers this Christmas

And frankly, nobody wants to go to a party that features Granddad from Only Fools And Horses insulting your mother-in-law and starting a punch up on the faux leatherette settee.

There’s a pretty simple ingredient to avoid the party turning all Ricky Gervais… and that ingredient is gin. Lots and lots of gin.

Gin means that rather than row with Uncle Bernard over how to make devil’s on horse back, Uncle Bernard will be galloping past the lounge window on a vacuum with Aunt Vera in hot pursuit.

Yes, with that in mind, here are 14 easy to make gin-based cocktails for Christmas parties.

1) Flora Dora by Greenall’s

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40ml Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin

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20ml fresh lime juice

10ml raspberry syrup over ice in a high ball glass

Top with ginger beer and churn. Garnish with a raspberry and a slice of lime and serve.

2) Tom Collins by Ruairi Giles

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25ml lemon juice

25ml sugar syrup

50ml gin

Soda water

Shake with ice and strain over ice, top with soda. Garnish and serve.

3) Zorro Gin Fizz by Nick Fox

The cocktail will also be on sale today at Pintura Kitchen and bar with £1 donated to St Gemma’s Hospice (Picture: Pintura)

35ml Portobello Road Gin

10ml Patxaran Basque liqueur

5ml Alvear Fino sherry

12.5 ml Pedro Ximenez Sherry

25ml blood orange purée

25ml cream

25ml egg white

5 drops of orange blossom water

35ml soda water

Put all ingredients into a liquidizer with a small scoop of crushed ice.

Blend on high for 30 seconds.

Pour into long glass with candied orange strips for garnish.

4) Highwayman spritz by Ladies And Gentlemen

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35ml Highwayman gin

20ml Bittermans citron savage

10ml lemon

10ml sugar

75ml prosecco

Build over ice in a wine glass.

5) Sloe gin fizz by Greenall’s

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Pour 50ml Greenall’s Sloe Gin into a flute glass. Top with Champagne or Prosecco.

6) Blackcurrant Gin Fizz by Kathrine Larsen

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50ml gin

25ml lemon juice

1 tsp honey

Appletiser Apple and Blackcurrant

In a highball glass pour gin on crushed ice.

Add the lemon juice and honey and stir well. Add Appletiser Apple and Blackcurrant.

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Decorate with a lemon slice and bramble.

7) Raging Charleston by Cocktail Bandits

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30ml Bristow Gin

15 ml Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach

15ml Tippleman’s Falernum Syrup

30ml orange juice

Tonic floater

Orange peel garnish

Add gin, syrup, juice and Grand Marnier to mixing tin. Add ice to tin.

Close tin and shake passionately.

Strain contents into ice filled rocks glass. Add tonic floater. Place orange peel garnish.

8) The Clover Club by Liquorary

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45ml dry gin

22ml lemon juice

15ml raspberry syrup

1/2 egg white

Mix and shake to foam. Shake with ice.

Strain and serve.

For this, you can also use a handful of fresh raspberries or strawberries, muddled, instead of raspberry syrup.

9) Smoke On The Water by Dee Davies

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60ml Jinzu gin

10ml Grapefruit sherbert

2 dash orange bitters

Stir down and serve in a smoked rocks glass.

Garnish with an origami cherry blossom pinned to the glass.

10) Pooh’s Honey Pot by Ladies And Gentlemen

(Picture: Highwayman Gin)

50ml Highwayman gin

25ml lemon juice

25ml honey and thistle syrup

Egg white

Shake, fine strain then serve.

11) The White Lady by Ruairi Giles

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50ml gin

20ml Triple Sec

20ml lemon juice

5ml sugar syrup

20ml egg white

Shake with ice in a mixing glass then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with orange zest.

12) Violet Risshun by Sake No Hana

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Carafe and martini glass

50ml Jinzu Gin

3ml green chartreuse

35ml fresh grapefruit juice

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10ml lemon juice

15ml Shiso syrup

2 drops Burlesque bitters

Add cubed ice, shake and double strain into a martini glass. Decorate with grapefruit peel.

Small jug

2 marachino cherries, muddled

10ml Belsazar rose vermouth

20ml cranberry juice

3ml sugar syrup

Add cubed ice, shake and double strain into the glass.

13) Almond Martini by Sebastian Reaburn

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40ml Bombay Sapphire gin

15ml Noilly Prat

15ml Carpano Antica

10ml Creme de Noyeaux

7ml Orgeat Syrup

Stir with plenty of ice, strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a twist of orange.

14) Gin Cucumber Martini by Adi Astley

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3 cucumber slices

6 mint leaves

60ml gin

15ml elderflower cordial

Muddle cucumber in mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients.

Shake with ice and fine strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Garnish with a cucumber slice and mint leaf.

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Gin Cocktails

Beyond Tonic: 8 Refreshing Gin Cocktails

Gin was once the most popular spirit in America in pre-Prohibition days. Since then, vodka and whiskey have bumped gin from its perch as the go-to liquor for sipping and cocktails alike. But don’t sleep on gin, which is poised to make a comeback.

Gin has been around since the Middle Ages when it was used as an herbal medicine. Today, however, the spirit is mostly enjoyed for its refreshing, floral and piney characteristics than for medicinal purposes. The unique taste of gin comes from the addition of juniper berries which are not, in fact, berries at all, but the conifer seed cones (similar to a pine cone).

Some people say gin tastes like a Christmas tree. Which, depending on your flavor profile sounds either amazing or more of an acquired taste. But the interesting and complex flavor of gin makes it great for exploring cocktails and the potential for exciting recipes. Yes, that means gin can be used with things besides tonic and a lime – although that does sound good right about now.

Get ready to explore all gin can offer with one of these refreshing gin cocktail recipes. Need to stock up before you start? Click below to order a bottle or two delivered straight to your door!

Gin Radler

  • One can of Grapefruit Radler (Stiegl Radler is recommended)
  • 2 oz of gin

Add ice to a large glass and fill with the radler and gin. Stir and garnish with lemon or lime.

Cucumber Gin Lemonade

  • 3 oz lemon juice
  • 3 oz cucumber juice
  • 2 oz gin
  • 2 oz simple syrup
  • Club soda

Combine the lemon juice, cucumber juice, gin, and simple syrup in a highball glass and stir. Add ice and top with club soda.

French 75

  • 2 ounces London dry gin
  • ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces Champagne

Mix gin, juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice for about 20 seconds. Strain into a champagne flute and top with champagne and a lemon twist.

Thyme Bees Knees

  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. thyme-honey syrup

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve with a thyme sprig or lemon twist.

Gin Rickey

  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • Half of a lime (or more to taste)
  • Club soda

Put the lime and gin in a highball glass filled with ice. Add soda to top and stir.

Aviation

  • 1 1/2 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz. maraschino liqueur

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, then strain into a cocktail glass with a maraschino cherry.

Gin Spritz

  • Juice of one lime
  • 4 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespon sugar
  • 1 shot gin
  • Prosecco

Muddle the lime, mint, and sugar in a glass. Put mixture into a cocktail shaker with ice and a shot of gin and shake. Pour into a glass and top with prosecco.

Dirty Gin Martini

  • 2 1/2 oz. gin*
  • 1/2 oz. dry vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. olive brine

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and stir until cold. Strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with an olive.

A clear spirit that has launched 1,000 ships (or at least been used in 1,000 cocktails on ships), gin is a necessity when you are building out your home bar and developing a set of cocktail recipes that you can pull out of your back pocket. Whether you’re looking for something spirit-forward that packs a punch, or something that is light, refreshing, and perfect for brunch, gin has got your back.

To get you started, we’ve picked out six classic gin cocktail recipes that you need to know if you want your gin game on point. These span the range of flavors and strengths, so no matter what you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. If you already know how to make these, we applaud you, and then encourage you to make them again, but switch up your gin. Using a floral-forward one? Try something a little more citrusy the next time around. You won’t be disappointed with the best gin drinks around.

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Tom Collins

  • 5 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • Club soda to top
  • Lemon slice to garnish

Method: In a Collins glass filled with ice, add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with lemon slice.

French 75

  • 2 oz well-chilled sparkling wine
  • 1 oz gin
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • 1 barspoon simple syrup
  • Lemon twist to garnish

Method: Shake gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup together with ice, then strain into a glass (we suggest a Champagne flute). Top with sparkling wine, give a quick stir and garnish with a twist of lemon (or something herbal).

Singapore Sling

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  • 1.5 oz gin
  • .5 oz Cherry Heering Liqeuer
  • .25 oz Cointreau
  • .25 oz Benedictine
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • .66 oz grenadine
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash bitters
  • Maraschino cherry to garnish
  • Pineapple slice to garnish

Method: Shake liquid ingredients together with ice and strain into ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with cherry and pineapple slice.

Gimlet

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice*
  • Lime wedge to garnish

Method: Shake gin and sweetened lime juice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

*Alternatively, you can try using .5 oz simple syrup and .5 oz lime juice.

The Vesper

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  • 2 oz gin
  • .5 oz vodka
  • .25 oz Lillet-Blanc
  • Lemon peel to garnish

Method: Shake liquid ingredients well with ice and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Negroni

  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz Campari
  • Orange to garnish

Method: Stir ingredients together over ice. Garnish with orange slice or twist.

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When summer is just around the corner, there’s more than just sunshine to look forward to. Outdoor events brings new life to our cocktails; load up on the ice and fruit, the G&T is about to reach 100 on the refreshing scale.

Nothing could be more perfect than a deliciously light and fruity gin cocktail in hand. Whether you fancy gin and Prosecco, a tropical gin punch or pink gin on ice, here’s our edit of the best gin cocktails for summer.

Elderflower & Raspberry G&T

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–Elderflower gin 50ml
-Lemon juice 25ml
-Raspberry gomme 15ml
-5 raspberries
– Schweppes tonic

  1. Add spirit, juice and raspberry, muddle and top glass with ice.
  2. Top with tonic and garnish with lime wedge.

WATCH: Our bartender shake up an Elderflower & Raspberry G&T.

Gin and Grapefruit Cocktail

Credit: Nick Smith

– 50ml gin

– 75ml grapefruit juice

– Dash angostura bitters

– Half a pinch Maldon sea salt

  1. Dry shake the salt, grapefruit and gin for 10 seconds
  2. Pour over an ice-filled tumbler

Floradora Cocktail

Credit: Nick Smith

– 50ml gin

– 25ml lime juice

– 25ml Chambord

– Ginger beer to top up

– Lime to garnish

Method

  1. Add the gin, Chambord and lime to an ice-filled highball (or better still, a pint glass)
  2. Stir for a few seconds to blend
  3. Top up with ginger beer
  4. Squeeze a segment of lime then drop it in the glass

Find out more about a Floradora cocktail.

Pink gin and lemonade

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-50ml Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin

-100ml Good Lemonade

– Berries to Garnish

  1. Fill a copa glass with ice.
  2. Pour in Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin and top up with lemonade or premium tonic water.
  3. Garnish with a berry of choice (we like raspberries and blueberries!)

Find more pink gin cocktails.

Boathouse Punch

Credit: Nick Smith

– 225ml gin

– 2 tbsp sugar

– 1 lemon

– 150ml Aperol

– 225ml lemon juice

– 225ml orange juice

– 225ml grapefruit juice

– 150ml Prosecco

– Orange wheels to garnish

  1. Juice the lemon and reserve the peel
  2. In a bowl, muddle the lemon peel with the sugar and allow to sit for 30 minutes or overnight
  3. 30 minutes before serving add the gin, Aperol, lemon juice and elderflower liqueur and leave to steep for 30 minutes
  4. Strain into an ice filled jug
  5. Top up with Prosecco
  6. Garnish the punch bowl and glasses with orange slices

Elderflower Gin Fizz Cocktail

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– Elderflower gin 50ml
– Lemon juice 25ml
– Prosecco

  1. Add gin and lemon into a Boston shaker
  2. Give a hard shake and pour into champagne flute
  3. Layer and top with Prosecco
  4. Garnish with lemon peel tuile

WATCH: Our bartender make up an Elderflower Gin Fizz cocktail

Bulldog Cooler

Credit: Nick Smith

– 50ml gin

– 12ml lemon juice

– 12ml sugar syrup

Ginger ale

Mint to garnish

Directions

  1. Fill a julep cup or tall cocktail glass with ice
  2. Add the gin, syrup and lemon juice
  3. Stir
  4. Top up with ginger ale
  5. Garnish with mint

Gin-ger Beer

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– 50ml gin

– 25ml ginger cordial (e.g. Belvoir Ginger Cordial)

– 25ml lemon juice

Half a glass of ice (if you want to be authentic to the original recipe, crush the ice using a blender or a rolling pin and a plastic bag)

Small bottle of bitter beer (e.g. Tribute)

Slice of lemon to garnish

  1. Pour the gin, cordial and lemon juice into a decent pint glass and stir
  2. Add the ice
  3. Top up slowly with the beer and stir again
  4. Garnish with a slice of lemon

Apple and Elderflower Gin Cocktail

Credit: Nick Smith

– 65ml cloudy apple juice (Cawston Press with ginger is perfect)

– 50ml gin

– 25ml elderflower liqueur

  • 25ml lime juice
  • Cucumber and edible flowers to garnish

– Stir all the ingredients except the garnishes in a Collins glass or small tumbler over chilled ice

– Garnish with sliced cucumber, and edible flowers if you have them

Cucumber Collins

Credit: Boozy Cow

Ingredients:

Hendrick’s 50ml
Lemon juice 10ml
Gomme 10ml
Cucumber 1/5 cut up
Soda top

Method:

Blend 1/5 cucumber for its juice.

Add all of the ingredients over ice, top up with soda.

Garnish with a cucumber wheel.

WATCH: Our bartender make up a Cucumber Collins cocktail

Blueberry Ombre Cocktail

Credit: Nick Smith

– 50ml Boodles gin

– 25ml lime juice

– 25ml grenadine or your own pomegranate molasses

– A handful of mint leaves

– Blueberries

  • Half a sliced lime
  • Tonic

Method

  1. Stir the gin, grenadine and lime in the base of a tall cocktail glass
  2. Bruise the mint and add to the glass
  3. Top up with ice
  4. Add the blueberries and lime-slice garnish
  5. Top up with tonic and stir with a cocktail stirrer

Find out more about the Blueberry Ombre Cocktail

Gin and rhubarb cocktail

Credit: Nick Smith

Ingredients

– 50ml gin

– 25ml lemon juice

– 25ml rhubarb syrup

– Rhubarb to garnish

  1. Dry shake the gin, lemon juice and rhubarb syrup.
  2. Taste and add more lemon or syrup until the balance is right for you, then shake again.
  3. Add ice and shake the drink for a further 10-15 seconds
  4. Strain into a short glass
  5. Wrap a finely sliced ribbon of rhubarb around the inside of the glass

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This easy Christmas cocktail makes the perfect gift to bring to a festive party – keep chilled in the fridge for emergencies.

Gin is one of the three ingredients (plus Campari and Vermouth) to make the simple but punchy negroni cocktail. Want to know how to make the best negroni? Check out our quick and easy recipe for this punchy Italian cocktail. Here is our ultimate guide to the negroni, with plenty of variations on the classic gin cocktail.

Gin martini

Essentially, the martini is a mix of London dry gin or vodka and French dry vermouth, stirred over ice, strained and poured into an ice-cold cocktail glass. Lemon zest or a good quality green olive is the usual garnish. Try tour twists on the gin martini recipe including a vanilla martini, a gingerbread and espresso cocktail, or a bacon and egg martini.

Rhubarb and rose gin fizz

We’ve given a classic ramos gin fizz an update, swapping the usual orange blossom water for rose water and adding a touch of homemade rhubarb syrup to give it a blush of pink. It’s delicate in flavour and creamy enough to replace dessert, and is bound to impress.

Sake and gin martini

Swap vermouth for sake in this Japanese-inspired take on the classic cocktail. Check out our guide to sake here, along with a recipe for sake and tonic.

English garden cocktail

Gin, elderflower, cucumber; quintessentially British ingredients that are perfect for creating a refreshing gin cocktail. English garden is really easy to make and could be made into a jug cocktail, too, just multiply the ingredients by the number of people you want to serve.

East India gimlet

In the Permit Room at Dishoom King’s Cross, drinks-walla Carl Brown has created a range of bottle- and barrel-aged cocktails. If you can’t make it to Dishoom, try this recipe for an Indian twist on a classic gimlet.

Bramble gin cocktail

This recipe for a classic bramble gin cocktail is a great one to have in your repertoire. Invented by Dick Bradsell in the 80s and is now a modern classic, using London dry gin and blackberry liqueur.

Burleighs white lady cocktail

Leicestershire gin maker, Burleighs, has used its export strength gin to make this timeless cocktail. The gin’s fresh orange notes pair effortlessly with the bitter orange Cointreau and fresh lemon juice.

Limoncello and thyme collins

Making your own limoncello is surprisingly easy and is great in this cocktail. Just mix the limoncello with gin and soda for a sweet gin drink.

Rhubarb and ginger negroni

This update on the classic negroni using rhubarb and ginger is a great shout for spring. It comes from Black Dice, a 1960s rock ‘n’ roll inspired bar tucked away beneath Moroccan restaurant MOMO in Mayfair. It’s open until 3am, perfect for a nightcap.

A wee gin and jam cocktail

Jam and gin? In a cocktail? It works brilliantly, especially when the ingredients include Rock Rose gin, lemon juice, and plenty of citrus zest. This is a simple gin cocktail served on the rocks.

Gentian white lady cocktail

An elegant gin cocktail recipe from Bumpkin restaurant, laced with some fine Portobello Road gin. Add lime juice, sugar syrup, egg white and, if you’re feeling fancy, some flower petals to serve.

Whitley Neill aviation cocktail

The favourite of the gin cocktails from gin makers Whitley Neill, this drink is made from maraschino liqueur, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a healthy glug of gin, and some chilled mineral water for a refreshing gin drink.

Southside fizz cocktail

This Southside Fizz cocktail recipe uses Boodles Gin – and all it calls for (apart from the gin) is lemon juice, sugar syrup and a handful of mint leaves. Find some more unusual gins here.

Lion of soho cocktail

A fresh, zesty cocktail using King of Soho London dry gin. A healthy glug of gin, sugar syrup, lemon juice, fresh grapefruit juice and some decorative basil leaves make this a great cocktail to sip in the sunshine.

Hollingsworth iced tea cocktail

A simple, refreshing gin cocktail from Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings restaurant. Just mix gin with Creme de Peche, a little Earl Grey tea and some lemon juice to make one of our favourite alcoholic ice teas.

A clementine ‘last minute’ cocktail

Whip up this delicious clementine cocktail in just five minutes to delight your guests. Dry gin, crème de cassis and clementine is the perfect sweet and sour combination.

Valentine Warner’s cucumber gin fizz

Gin and cucumber is a classic British combination. This simple cocktail from Valentine Warner makes a great, refreshing pre-dinner drink for the summer months.

Sink the pink

This is a refreshing gin cocktail from the team at Loves Company in Shoreditch. They use homemade syrups and liqueurs here, as well as making posh toasties. This gin recipe uses Beefeater gin along with grapefruit juice and plums.

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  • Pinot noir gin
  • Pink grapefruit gin
  • Rhuabrb gin

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Over the last 3 years, you couldn’t have avoided gin muscling into the forefront of the spirits category. One of the leaders of the “craft revolution” in the drinks industry, gin is having its moment in the sun. Everywhere you look within the drinks industry, gin is present.

The History Of Gin

The British love affair with gin began in the 1600’s when William Of Orange (the King Of England at the time) enforced some good old fashioned economic tariffs, on our friendly neighbours over the English Channel. France’s prime alcoholic export, cognac was the victim and Will reduced English tax on spirits production.

This led to a distilling craze across the nation….the time of gin had begun. It was said at this time a pint of gin was cheaper than a pint of beer! Sounds great we know but with the prices came a raft of issues.

Aside from the obvious health issues and general disorder that comes with the territory when your citizens are necking gin by the pint, there was also a problem with unscrupulous traders selling dodgy mooshine to make a quick buck. Every man and his dog thought he could knock up a decent gin and it led to to an epidemic of drunkeness and death.

The government eventually realised there was an issue, as the death toll mounted. To combat this a distillers license was introduced at the eye watering cost of £50 (big bucks at the time) low and behold the industry plummeted. Inevitable really.

Things started to look a bit rosier with the introduction of a new fangled invention in the 19th century called the continuous still….gin production entered a new league. Overnight gin morphed from a thick, sweet, juniper laden tonic into a drier, more delicate spirit thta we know today. Due to the quality the continuous still could offer, it meant that the need for sugar and other additives to mask the rank spirit were no longer needed.

Fast forward to 2019…

…and gin is a mega deal. Since 2010, this surge in popularity has been spearheaded by the country’s love of cocktails and namely gin in cocktails. Due to gins myriad opportunity with botanical flavour profiles, the options for mixiologists are endless. In the last 5 years, the number of distilleries has doubled to 315, with every new purveyor creating a number of unique gins with unique flavours.

The trend for gin has twisted and turned and the vast number of gins and different flavours is testament to this. The flavoured gin category has exploded – pink gin, rhubarb gin, lemon gin, orange gin, gooseberry gin, pomegranate and rose gin, lemon drizzle cake and even brussel sprout gin. You get the picture.

The exciting thing for mixologists, both professional and the at home of a Saturday night kind, is the huge amount of cocktails made with gin. Our team here have compiled some recipes for our favourite gin cocktails, both classics, house creations and signature serves.

Happy imbibing.

Bramble Cocktail Recipe

The Bramble was created in London by Dick Bradsell in the 1980’s. Imagined at Fred’s Club, Soho, the Bramble has become a modern classic with its perfect sweet and sour balance.

Ingredients

40ml Gin
10ml Crème De Mure
30ml Lemon Juice
10ml Gomme

Garnish: Lemon Slice & Blackberry
Glass: Rocks

How To Make

Fill rocks glass with crushed ice and add all liquid ingredients except the crème de mure. Churn all ingredients with a bar spoon. Top with crushed ice, lace with crème de mure and garnish.

French 75 Cocktail Recipe

A classic dating back to 1925 but popularised by Harry’s Bar New York. The French 75 is a refined sparkling cocktail which is dry and citrusy.

Ingredients

35ml Gin
15ml Lemon Juice
10ml Gomme
Top Champagne

Garnish: Lemon Twist
Glassware: Champagne Flute

How To Make

Build all ingredients into a champagne flute, stir and top with Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist on the edge of a glass.

Negroni Cocktail Recipe

Created in Café Cassoni in Florence in 1919. Legend says that it was created, inadvertently by Count Negron, who wanted his favourite Americano cocktail strengthened with gin. Short and strong.

Ingredients

25ml Gin
25ml Campari
25ml Red Vermouth

Garnish: Orange Slice
Glassware: Rocks

How To Make

Fill a rock glass with cube ice, add all ingredients and stir. Garnish with an orange slice.

Clover Club Cocktail Recipe

Another classic dating from the early 1900’s the drink came to prominence in Philadelphia’s eponymous venue, The Clover Club. Complex, fruity and smooth.

Ingredients

40ml Gin
15ml Lemon Juice
10ml Sweet Vermouth
6 Fresh Raspberries
5ml Raspberry Syrup
1 Egg White

Garnish: Raspberry
Glassware: Martini

How To Make

Please put all ingredients into a shaker. Shake hard and double strain into a martini. Garnish with a raspberry.

Vesper Martini cocktail Recipe

Known as “the bond martini” this cocktail was created by bond author Ian Fleming. Don’t be put off by the alcohol content, this cocktail is incredibly smooth.

Ingredients

60ml Gin
20ml Vodka
10ml Kina Lillet Vermouth

Garnish: Lemon Twist
Glassware: Martini

Put all ingredients into a shaker. Shake very hard and double strain. Garnish with a lemon twist.

English Country Garden Cocktail Recipe

A house blend at The Cocktail Service, this cocktail is a light, zesty and refreshing drinks that uses the bounty of the cottage garden.

Ingredients

25ml Gin
25ml Elderflower Liqueur
15ml Lemon Juice
50ml Apple Juice
8 Mint Leaves
Top Soda

Garnish: Lemon Slice & Mint Sprig
Glassware: Hi Ball

Put all ingredients, except the mint and soda, in a shaker. Shake hard. Strain into a glass. Slap the mint in the palms of your hand and add to glass. Fill with ice and top with soda. Garnish with a lemon slice and a mint sprig.

Raspberry Beret Cocktail Recipe

This is a cocktail from now closed cocktail chain Sahara Bars. It was a house cocktail that was all very popular with the regulars. Its fruity, zesty and really quaffable.

Ingredients

25ml Gin
25ml Raspberry Liqueur
20ml Lemon Juice
6 Raspberries
15ml Gomme
Top Soda

Garnish: Lemon Slice and a Raspberry
Glassware: Hi Ball

Put all ingredients except the soda, into a shake and shake hard. Strain into a hi ball filled with cubed ice. Top with soda, Crown with crushed ice if you have it and garnish.

Gimlet Cocktail Recipe

The gimlet is a super simple classic gin cocktail. Apparently its origins are as a naval drink for British sailors to help fight scurvy.

Ingredients

50ml Gin
25ml Roses Lime Cordial

Garnish: Lime Twist
Glassware: Coup

How To Make

Put all ingredients into a shaker and shake very hard for 20 seconds to achieve dilution. Double strain into a coup and garnish.

Southside Cocktail Recipe

The subject of a bit of speculation as to its origins. The one we like the most is that its was Mr Al Capone’s favourite drink, whose gang dominated Chicago’s South Side. The gin drank by Al Capone’s gang had a rough finish, and required more some sweetness to make it palatable…giving us the Southside.

Ingredients

50ml Gin,
20ml Lime Juice
15ml Gomme
6-8 Mint Leaves.

Garnish: Mint Leaf
Glassware: Coup

How To Make

Add all ingredients except the mint to a shaker and shake. Open up tin and add mint giving the mixture a small, brief shake to release the mint oil. Strain into a coup.

Beauty and The Beast Cocktail Recipe

This is a cocktail that was created in 2018 for the Caorunn Cocktail Collection by Kiettisak Saleephan at Club No.43, Phuket, Thailand.

Ingredients

45ml Caorunn Gin
30ml Pressed Apple Juice
30ml Fresh Lime Juice
15ml Sugar Syrup
30ml Egg White
15 Rosemary Leaves

Garnish: Lemon Zest & Rosemary Sprig
Glassware: Rocks

How To Make

Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake. Fine strain over cubed ice into a rocks. Garnish.

Bees Knees Cocktail Recipe

Another classic cocktail from the prohibition era which was the birthplace of many cocktails we enjoy today. Its reason for being is rather less illustrious…having been created (like many cocktails from this time) to mask the flavour of the rough gin of the time.

Ingredients

50ml Gin
20ml Orange Juice
20ml Lemon Juice
2 Bar Spoons of Honey

Garnish: Lemon Twist
Glassware: Martini

How To Make

Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake. Fine Strain into a martini glass and garnish.

Tom Collins Cocktail recipe

Created by the godfather of mixology Jerry Thomas in 1876. It’s a fresh ginny lemonade. Simple but really tasty.

Ingredients

50ml Gin
25ml Lemon Juice
15ml Gomme
Top Soda

Garnish: Lemon Slice
Glassware: Hi ball

How To Make

Put all ingredients into a hi ball (except the soda) and stir. Top with ice and soda and garnish.

The Last Word Cocktail Recipe

It might be with all of the spirits in this classic concoction. From the famed Detroit Athletic Club Bar in the 1920’s, the flavour and citrus edge of this cocktail is delightful.

Ingredients

30ml Gin
20ml Green Chartreuse
20ml Maraschino Liqueur
20ml Lime Juice

Garnish: Cherry
Glassware: Coup

How To Make

Shake all ingredients in a shaker and strain into a coup and garnish.

Breakfast Martini Recipe

Created in 1996 by the raconteur Salvator Calabrese for The Library Bar in the Lanesborough Hotel London. Delicate, flavoursome and extremely palatable…this is a great cocktail.

Ingredients
1 Bar Spoon Marmalade
50ml Gin
15ml Triple Sec
15ml Lemon Juice

Garnish: Orange Twist
Glassware: Martini Glass

How To Make

Stir marmalade and gin in base of shaker to dissolve. Add other ingredients, shake and strain into a coup.

Hedgerow Collins Recipe

Created by Brian Duell at Detroit Bar in London. This is a great, autumnal cocktail that has the great flavours of blackberry, lemons and sloes.

Ingredients

15ml Gin
25ml Sloe Gin
15ml Crème De Mure
25ml Lemon Juice
15ml Gomme

Glassware: Collins
Garnish: Lemon Slice and a Blackberry.

How To Make

Shake up gin, sloe gin, gomme and lemon juice. Strain into a Collins, top with soda and lace with crème de mure.

Gin Basil Smash Recipe

Created in Le Lion, Paris, this is a fantastic drink, easy to make and very fresh. The sweetness of the basil work very well against the botanical gin and acidic lemon Juice.

Ingredients

10 Basil Leaves
50ml Gin
25ml Lemon Juice
15ml Gomme

Garnish: Bail Leaf
Glassware: Rocks

How To Make

Shake all ingredients and Strain over ice. Garnish.

Dirty Martini Recipe

A wicked sibling of the gin martini, the Dirty Martini adds a pleasing brine flavour to the classic beverage.

Ingredients

50ml Gin
15ml Dry Vermouth
2 Bar Spoons Olive Brine

Glassware: Martini Glass
Garnish: 3 Olives

How To Make

Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass over ice. Stir for 20 seconds and double strain into a martini glass. Drop the olives into the glass on a cocktail stick.

The Gibson Cocktail Recipe

Little know but classic and very…unique. We love a Gibson here. Another variation on the gin martini but this time with the added allure of a dash of pickled onion brine.

Ingredients

50ml Gin
15ml Dry Vermouth

Glassware: Martini
Garnish: 2 Silverskin Pickled Onions

How To Make

To put all ingredients into a mixing glass and stir for 20 seconds. Fine strain and garnish with the pickled onion.

Red Snapper

The Bloody Mary for gin lovers……easy to make and it adds a lovely robustness to a your typical Bloody Mary.

Ingredients

50ml Gin
25ml Lemon Juice
6- 10 dashes of Worcester Sauce
Tabasco Sauce to taste
Shake of Celery Salt
Black Pepper
½ Spoon Horseradish Sauce
Top with Clamato Juice.

Glassware: Collins
Garnish: Celery Stick & Lemon Slice

How To Make

Add all ingredients into the collins glass and stir, making sure the horseradish is nicely mixed in. Add Ice and garnish.

Sloe Gin Fizz

Sloe Gin and Champagne are a match made in heaven, born to be together. A great mix of flavours.

Ingredients

40ml Sloe Gin
25ml Lemon Juice
15ml Gomme
Egg White
Top Champagne

Glassware: Champagne Flute
Garnish: N/A

How To Make

Combine the sloe gin, lemon juice, egg white and gomme into a shaker. Shake well without ice. Add ice and shake again. Strain into a champagne flute and top with Champagne.

Sloeberry lemonade Recipe

This is another house creation from our autumn menu in 2016 and its was super popular. The flavour is amazing, a really fruity tasty cocktail.

Ingredients

25ml Sloe Gin
25ml Limoncello
10ml lemon Juice
75ml Pomegranate Juice
Top Soda

Glassware: Collins
Garnish: Lemon Slice

How To Make

Add all ingredients except the soda into a shaker and shake with ice. Tip contents of shaker into a collins glass and top with soda and garnish.

Many Clouds Cocktail Recipe

Created by our very own David Indrak for Greenall’s Gin in 2016. It is named after the 2015 Grand National winner.

Ingredients

35ml Gin
15ml Raspberry Liqueur
25ml Lime Juice
10ml Gomme

Garnish: Two Raspberries & Lime
Glassware: Rocks

How To Make

Add all ingredients into a rock glass and top with crushed ice. Give a vigorous stir and top with a crushed ice crown, lemon twist and raspberries.

Blackberry Gin Fizz

Blackberries go fantastically well with gin, there intense sweetness has enough robustness to cope with the strong gin flavours. This is another drink for those of you who enjoy fruity flavours in their cocktails.

Ingredients

25ml Gin
15ml Crème De Mure
25ml Lime Juice
5 Blackberries
Top Soda

Garnish: Blackberry
Glassware: Rocks

How To Make

Add blackberries to a shaker and muddle (crush). Add rest of ingredients, except the soda, and shake. Strain into a rocks glass and top soda.

Bloom G & Tea Cocktail Recipe

A signature serve from Bloom Gin, this is a floral cocktail that works perfectly with the floral botanical’s of the gin brand.

Ingredients

45ml Bloom Gin
20ml Rose Liqueur
15ml Lemon Juice
15ml Hibiscus Syrup
35ml English Breakfast Tea

Garnish: Strawberry
Glassware: Rocks

How To Make

Brew the tea and let stand until cooled. Combine all other ingredients and shake before straining in a rocks glass topped with ice. Garnish with a strawberry.

Wild Berry & Flora Dora Cocktail Recipe

Pink Gin is having a moment and UK sales are going through the roof. This cocktail has some fantastic flavours and a tasty bite of ginger to settle the fruit.

Ingredients

40ml Greenalls Wild Berry Gin
20ml Fresh Lime Juice
10ml Raspberry Syrup
Top Ginger Beer

Glassware: Hi Ball
Garnish: Raspberry and Lime Wedge

How To Make

Simply add all ingredients to a hi ball with ice. Stir and garnish.

There we have it, our top 25 cocktails for 2019.

For more amazing recipes, check out our cocktail recipes page or look at our bartender services if you want to get some experts in to mix up some of the recipes in this post.