Gin Cocktails

The Ultimate List of Gin Cocktails

The wonderful juniper spirit, if you hadn’t realised already we really love gin and so we’ve created the ultimate list of gin cocktails so you can find the best gin cocktails to make, try or dream about.

There’s something for everyone, from the gin lover who drinks gin whenever they can, to the other end of the scale to that person who says they ‘hate gin’, we’re pretty confident that if they try a few from this list we’ll have changed their mind on this superb spirit.

The qualities of this juniper based spirit mean that it can pair really well with a range of other flavours, from fruits such as grapefruit, to herbs and spices, meaning the possibilities of gin based cocktails are nearly endless. We’ve all had the struggle of searching online for a cocktail and come across hundreds of websites all with individual recipes, or lists of recipes which are simply uninspiring so we thought we’d make you the ultimate gin cocktail list with everything from a classic Bramble to a Strawberry, Basil & Pink Peppercorn Negroni. Chin chin! (or should that be Gin Gin!?)

The List (use this to quickly jump to a recipe)

Classic Gin Cocktails

These are the go to gin cocktails that you’ll find in any half decent bar, how good they will be will depend on the bar itself, the person making it for you and the ingredients they use. We’ve found the best recipes for you to have a go at making them at home plus we’ve got some great variations too.

These are classics because they are great, loved my millions and can be easily made or bought when you’re out at bars and drinking establishments. If you’ve not tried any of these we recommend you do as these often become the go to drinks for gin lovers and non gin lovers once they are tried.

Gin Martini

Gin Martini Recipe

If you’ve never had a gin based cocktail then this should be one you try, especially if you love the taste of gin on it’s own. There are many variations of this and Vodka can be substituted if for those awful times when you run out of gin!
Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 75ml of Gin (we love Boxer Gin)
  • 15ml of Dry Vermouth
  • 1-3 Olives or a twist of lemon

Method

  1. Add the ingredients along with a handfull of ice into a mixing glass
  2. Stir for approx 30-40 seconds
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass
  4. Optional: add a dash of bitters
  5. Garnish with either 1 olive, 3 olives or a twist of lemon

If you want to try a Gin Martini without buying full bottles, check out the TASTE cocktails Gin Martini & Martinez cocktail kit. Ingredients for 6 drinks with 2-3 recipes for just £29.

 


The Gimlet Cocktail

The Gimlet

A classic gin cocktail which has a light green colour to it, the gimlet cocktail recipe is very easy and takes minutes to make, it’s a strong cocktail and certainly has a kick, so those who prefer fruity long drinks may want to avoid this one, however it’s certainly a classic for a reason. Enjoy it slowing, sipping and savouring the flavours, a great choice in the summer.

There simplest classic form of this drink is equal parts gin to lime cordial or juice, however there have been variations with this and depending on your own taste you may want to experiment with the ratios as well as using juice over cordial, a popular ratio is to make a drink with 50ml of your favourite gin mixed with 10ml of lime cordial.
Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 75ml of Gin
  • 15ml of Lime Juice
  • 15ml of Simple Sugar Syrup (2 parts water to 1 part sugar, combine in a saucepan on a low heat until sugar dissolves fully)
  • Twist of Lime

Method

  1. Get your cocktail glass (ideally chilled)
  2. Combine all ingredients (except lime twists) into a shaker filled with ice
  3. Shake throughly until you’ve brought the temperature right down so it’s very cold
  4. Pour int your glass and garnish with the lime twists

Full recipe and photo credit: Creative-Culinary


Blush Gimlet

Blush Gimlet

Love a classic Gimlet and want to try variations? Or maybe you’re not a fan of lime, whatever the reason this Blush Gimlet recipe is a great variation and one that is easy to make featuring sage and Grapefruit, this gin cocktail is a must try.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 40ml of Gin
  • 50ml of Fresh Grapefruit Juice
  • Fresh Sage Leaves
  • Sparkling water
  • Optional: garnish with lime wedges

Method

  1. Put the sage leaves in a glass and gently muddle
  2. Combine the gin and grapefruit juice in a shaker with ice and shake well
  3. Strain into the glass with the sage and add ice
  4. Top up with sparkling water if required, garnish with a lime wedge

Full recipe and photo credit: Magnoliahouse Creative


French75 cocktail recipe

French75 Cocktail

Champagne cocktails are great, so are gin based ones but when you combine both it’s something special. The French75 is a beautifully refreshing gin cocktail and one that is ever so simple to make, can be be prepared easily for events and is a great alternative to just serving Champagne.

The exact date this cocktail first was made is unknown but many believe it was first created around 1925 in an American bar in Paris. The name is said to have derived from the 75-millimeter M1897 light machine gun that the French used during World War 1, due to the drink being light but one that certainly has a kick to it.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 25ml Gin
  • 12ml Lemon Juice
  • 6ml of Simple Sugar Syrup (2 parts water to 1 part sugar, combine in a saucepan on a low heat until sugar dissolves fully)
  • Champagne
  • Twist of Lemon

Method

  1. Into a Champagne glass add 1 or 2 lemon twists, the gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice
  2. Then simply top up with chilled Champagne
  3. Sip and enjoy delicious gin cocktails!

Photo credit to RachelPhipps and check her blog for more recipes


Tom Collins recipe

Tom Collins Cocktail

A simple cocktail dating back to it’s creation around 1870’s, it was first published in a book called “The Bartender’s Guide” by a Jerry Thomas, the drink tastes slightly tart due to the lemon juice but the sugar syrup helps balance this and topping up with club soda also helps. It’s a wonderful cocktail and one that is often listed on good bar menus around the world.

Story has it that the name ‘Tom Collins’ actually came from a hoax often played at a bar in which a man would go up to their friend and ask “have you seen Tom Collins?” and the friend would say no, the man would then say that this Tom fella had been saying bad things about the friend, the friend upset at this would go off asking where Tom Collins was and that he wanted to confront him. The hoax was that he never existed, eventually a bartender decided to make a drink so when people asked if he knew a Tom he could produce them with a drink. A great story behind a gin cocktail.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 75ml Gin
  • 50ml Lemon Juice
  • 25ml of Simple Sugar Syrup (2 parts water to 1 part sugar, combine in a saucepan on a low heat until sugar dissolves fully)
  • Club Soda
  • Garnish: Maraschino Cherries

Method

  1. Combine the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup with ice into a tall glass
  2. Stir well and then top up with club soda
  3. Finish by adding one or two Maraschino cherries on the top

Full recipe and photo credit: CulinaryGinger


Red Snapper Cocktail

Red Snapper Cocktail

A Gin take on the Bloody Mary which typically has vodka in, this Red Snapper cocktail recipe features gin instead and with the usual ingredients such as tomato juice, Tabasco etc. Depending how strong you like it you can add more or less gin, best served in a glass with a salt and pepper rim, the best way to get this is a very small amount of butter on your finger and place it around the rim, then on a plate add the black pepper and celery salt mixture and roll the rim of the glass in this.

 

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 25-50ml of Gin (depending how strong you like it)
  • 120ml of Tomato Juice
  • 15ml of Lemon Juice
  • Tabasco sauce
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Black Pepper & Celery Salt

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well
  2. Strain into a glass which has a salt/pepper rim

Photo credits: Ezrapoundcake / Ophir


Vesper Cocktail

Vesper Cocktail

Created by the man himself James Bond, well actually Ian Fleming the man behind the Bond books and movies, the Vesper cocktail first saw light in the 1953 movie Casino Royale and has since become somewhat famous. The drink is shaken well with ice which not only chills it very well but dilutes it more so it can be a little easier to drink than a stirred martini.

So whether you’re feeling like 007 or you simply enjoy gin cocktails, it is worth a try either at your favourite bar or at home.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 60ml of Dry Gin
  • 20ml Vodka
  • 10ml of Kina Lillet
  • Lemon peel twist

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well
  2. Strain into a martini glass & garnish with lemon peel twist

Full recipe and photo credit: Imbibe


Vespar Variation

Blueberry & Mint Vesper

A simple variation on the classic Vesper cocktail which can be seen in the recipe above, this one combines both fruit and herbs to give the cocktail a new taste and one we do like. If you’re a fan of the traditional version of this then why not try this out in the summer for a more refreshing and fun summer gin cocktail.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 75ml Gin
  • 50ml Vodka
  • 12ml of Kina Lillet
  • Fresh Blueberries (10-15)
  • Fresh Mint Leaves

Method

  1. Combine the fresh blueberries and the Lillet together in a shaker and muddle throughly
  2. Add the gin, vodka, ice and mint and shake well for approx 10-15 seconds
  3. Strain into your favourite glasses and garnish with more mint leaves.

Full recipe and photo credit: Cali-Zona


The Negroni

Negroni Cocktail

The Classic Negroni

This three ingredient gin cocktail is one of our favourites, it’s strong and so is best enjoyed slowly! Exactly who invented this drink and when is open to debate, all we know is that it’s very quick to make and is delicious! Check out some of the variations of this drink below this recipe.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 25ml Dry Gin (1 ounce)
  • 25ml Campari (1 ounce)
  • 25ml Sweet Vermouth (1 ounce)

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients in an old fashioned glass
  2. Serve as is if you want it ‘straight up’ or add ice and stir for a minute if you’d prefer it ‘on the rocks’
  3. Garnish with a orange/lemon peel if required

Full recipe and photo credit: SeriousEats


Blood Orange Negroni

Blood Orange Negroni

A twist on a classic Gin, Campari and Sweet Vermouth cocktail this Blood Orange Negroni it’s a lovely way to enjoy these a sophisticated cocktail in a new way. This recipe simply takes the classic and adds some freshly squeezed blood orange juice which changes both the taste and look of the drink. Wonderful if you love Negronis but want to try something different or if you’re just a general fan of gin cocktails and like the sound of this one.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 25ml Gin (1 ounce)
  • 25ml Campari (1 ounce)
  • 25ml Sweet Vermouth (1 ounce)
  • 25ml Blood Orange Juice
  • Garnished with a slide of blood orange and the zest

Method

  1. Add all ingredients along with ice (excluding the garnish) into a glass or shaker and stir well
  2. Garnish with slice of blood orange and zest

Full recipe and photo credit: Feastingathome
Blackberry & Thyme Sparkler

Blackberry & Thyme Sparkler

Love gin and also love Champagne? Then the Blackberry and Thyme sparkler is the perfect drink, not only does it look beautiful it tastes just as good as it looks. You’ll need to make a simple blackberry syrup for this but it will only take 10 minutes to do this and you can do this up to a week beforehand and keep it in the fridge. Perfect for parties where you can then just prepare the glasses and get the bottle of Champagne and gin out on the day.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 150g of Blackberries (1 cup)
  • 240ml of Water (1 cup)
  • 200g of Sugar (1 cup)
  • 1 bottle of Champagne
  • 120ml of Gin (1/2 cup)
  • 4 x Sprigs of Thyme
  • Ice
  • Golden Sugar for the rim

Method

  1. Add the water, sugar and blackberries into a pan and bring to a boil, as soon as it boils turn it down and let it simmer for approx 10 mins (or until the blackberries have soften). Remove from the heat, strain and then wait till it cools. (This will keep in the fridge for up to a week)
  2. Grab your champagne flutes, it’s time to put the golden sugar around the rim, the best method is to use a little butter as it sticks to this and you won’t taste it. Simply use your finger place a tiny bit around the whole rim and then dip the glass on a plate with the sugar on
  3. Add 30ml of gin to each glass, add two blackberries and then add 60ml of the blackberry sugar syrup you made into the glass.
  4. Top the glasses up with Champagne and garnish with a sprig of thyme
  5. Enjoy your delicious drink!

Full recipe and photo credit: TheEffortlessChic


Strawberry, Basil & Pink Peppercorn Negroni

Strawberry, Basil & Pink Peppercorn Negroni

Love gin cocktails especially the Negroni? Then this is a wonderful way to add a twist to it, it’s not the quickest cocktail recipe but it’ll certainly give you a whole new taste range to this classic. Certainly one perfectly suited for the summer! The originally recipe for this from EarthyFeast doesn’t actually include Gin and replaces this with the Prosecco however as we love gin we’ve readded it into the recipe, it does make it a little stronger so you can simply exclude it if you want.

Ingredients (serves 2)

To make the drink

  • 50ml Gin (2 or 3 ounce)
  • 50ml Campari (2 or 3 ounce)
  • 50ml Sweet Vermouth (2 or 3 ounce)
  • 4 strawberries (muddled)
  • 1/2 tsp of crushed pink peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp Basil Syrup
  • Topped with Prosecco

To make the Basil syrup

  • 120ml of water (1/2 cup)
  • 100g sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 5 sprigs of basil

Method

To make the Basil Syrup

  1. Into a saucepan add all the ingredients and bring to a simmer until all of the sugar has dissolved
  2. Leave to cool (can be stored in a fridge for up to a week)

   For the cocktail

  1. Crush the peppercorns in a mixing bowl/large glass, then add strawberries and muddle them (crush/mash), then add all the other ingredients (excluding the Prosecco) and give it another good mix/muddle.
  2. Strain the mixture using a fine strainer into your glasses
  3. Add ice cubes and top with Prosecco (garnish with a strawberry)

Full recipe and photo credit: EarthyFeast


Bramble Cocktail

The Bramble

If you’ve ever tried one of these or wandered how to make a bramble cocktail then the wonderful folk over at UrbanOutfitters have not only got an easy to follow recipe but also the brilliant photos you can see above.

The key for this gin cocktail is to make sure your glass is filled with crushed ice, don’t just stick to ice cubes as it won’t quite be the same. The crushed ice really compliments the drink and allows for the creme de mure to make it’s way through to the drink when poured over the top. It’s what makes the Bramble cocktail such a beautiful thing to look at.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 50ml of Gin
  • 25ml of Lemon Juice
  • 15ml of a simply syrup (see this recipe for how to make sugar syrup)
  • 15ml of creme de mure (blackberry liqueur)
  • Fresh Blackberries for the garnish

Method

  1. Slowly add the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a glass filled with crushed ice
  2. Then slow add the creme de mure over the top
  3. Garnish with blackberries

If you want to try a Bramble without buying full bottles, check out the TASTE cocktails Bramble cocktail kit. Ingredients for 6 drinks with 2-3 recipes for just £29.

Full recipe and more great photos: UrbanOutfitters


The Aviation Cocktail

Aviation Cocktail Recipe

Classic sour gin cocktails such as the Aviation cocktail recipe are a great way for people to start really enjoying gin, especially those who say they aren’t fans or always opt for vodka based cocktails. This cocktail is a strong gin cocktail and has a beautiful colour to it, with a straight forward method for making you just need to make sure you have all of the ingredients on hand. Created in New York in the early 1990’s by a bartender by the name of Hugo Ensslin. Some recipes will omit the crème de violette which changes the colour and flavour slightly.
Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 50ml of Gin
  • 25ml of Maraschino Liqueur
  • 35ml of Lemon Juice
  • 12ml of Creme de Violette
  • Optional: edible violet as a garnish

Method

  1. Get your cocktail shaker and combine all ingredients and fill with ice
  2. Shake well until it’s nice and chilled
  3. Strain the cocktail into your favourite glass and garnish with the edible violet

Full recipe and photo credit: HonestlyYum


The Bees Knees Cocktail

The Bees Knees Cocktail

A delicious honey, lemon and gin based cocktail, quick to make (5 mins) and tastes great, always great for when you’ve got a sore throat too. You’ll need to make a simple honey syrup for this which can easily be made using one part honey to one part water, heated gently in a saucepan until combined, you can optionally add other things into this syrup which you can see in the link below. The syrup should last around a week and must be stored in the fridge.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 2 parts gin
  • 1 part Honey syrup
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Optional: Spring of Thyme & Lemon Zest to garnish

Method

  1. Add the gin, honey syrup, lemon juice & a large handful of ice to a shaker
  2. Put the top on the shaker & shake hard for 30-60 seconds
  3. Strain the drink into your favourite drink, add the garnishes and enjoy.

Full recipe and photo credit: ALifeOfGeekery


Rosemary and Tarragon Gin Lemonade

Rosemary and Tarragon Gin Lemonade

Light, fresh, floral and delicious, this Rosemary and Tarragon gin cocktail recipe is really quick to make and gives a lovely summery taste, highly recommended for those who like rose lemonade and want to combine it with gin but with a slight twist. Best served in a cocktail glass as shown above this drink has a beautiful pink colour to it and is best enjoyed on a summers day in the garden.
Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 75ml of Gin (3 ounces)
  • Sparking Rose Lemonade
  • Fresh sprigs of Tarragon
  • Ice
  • Rose Petals for garnishing (optional)

Method

  1. Combine the gin, ice and sprig of tarragon in a cocktail shaker, let it stand for 2-3 minutes and then shake well
  2. Strain into a glass and add sparkling rose lemonade
  3. Garnish with a sprig of tarragon and rose petal

Full recipe and photo credit: HeatherChristo


Gin and Tonic Recipe

Gin & Tonic

The classic and most popular way to drink gin is with tonic water, luckily for us you’ve got a massive selection of gins and tonic brands for you to try different tastes and flavours (and we at ILoveGin.com make it easy to try new ones every month, check out our club). Making a G&T is very simple and you’ll find that you’ll end up adapting the ratios to your own tastes and using specific gins over others and the same with tonic waters.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 25ml of gin
  • 40-80ml of tonic (depending on the gin/strength of how you like it, we recommend trying Double Dutch tonics)
  • Garnish (lemon, lime, etc)
  • Ice

Method

  1. Using either a single measure (25ml) or double (50ml) add the gin into a glass
  2. Top up with tonic water, we recommend at first trying with approx 50ml of tonic to every 25ml of gin
  3. Adapt this based on if you like it stronger or weaker
  4. Add a generous amount of ice
  5. Garnish with your favourite garnish (whether it’s a slice of lemon, lime, black peppercorns etc)
  6. Sit down and enjoy your G&T

Full recipe and photo credit: SimplyDeliciousFood



Cucumber Gin and Tonic

Cucumber Gin & Tonic

A well known addition to your favourite drink this cucumber gin & tonic recipe is simple but adds a whole new level to the drink. If you love it try experimenting with different gins as they will compliment and work differently with the cucumber. Hendricks Gin is well known for working excellently with cucumber and so we recommend trying with this if you have a bottle handy.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 50ml of Gin
  • Cold Tonic Water
  • Lemon Wedges
  • 4 Strips of Cucumer
  • Ice

Method

  1. Pour 25ml of gin into each glass, then two of the cucumber slices and a wedge of lemon into each glass
  2. Add ice into the glasses and then top up with ice cold tonic water
  3. Finally squeeze in a little lemon, sit back and enjoy

Full recipe and photo credit: SimplyDeliciousFood
Grapefruit Gin & Tonic

Fennel, Black Pepper & Grapefruit Gin & Tonic

When we first came across the delicious trend of adding black pepper into Gin & Tonics we were a little dubious but after trying it in various ways we’ve come to love it. This recipe for a fennel, black pepper and grapefruit G&T is one that ticks all the boxes, you’ll need to infuse the gin which will take a little time but after that it’s an easy to make simple twist on a classic drink.

Photo credit and full recipe: ShinyHappyBright


Strawberry Gin Smash

Strawberry Gin Smash

Strawberries and gin go together extremely well, that’s why this Strawberry Gin Smash recipe works so well and makes fantastic gin cocktails for yourself or a group. It’s nice and easy and you’ll likely only need to make sure you have some fresh strawberries in order to make it (and club soda) as you’ll likely have some sugar and the gin in your cupboards. We spotted this recipe on TheKitchn and knew that our fellow gin lovers would seriously enjoy this one.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1/2 tsp of sugar
  • 3 strawberries
  • 1 wedge of lime
  • 75ml of gin
  • Club soda
  • Garnish: 1 strawberry & sprig of mint

Method

  1. In your glass (tall glasses work best) add the sugar and squeeze of lime wedge, mix together until the sugar has dissolved
  2. Slice the strawberries and add them, lightly muddling them
  3. Nearly fill the rest of the glass with ice and then add the gin
  4. Top up with a few splashes of club soda and add a garnish of a mint sprig and strawberry
  5. Sit down and enjoy!

Full recipe and photo credit: TheKitchn


Gin Fall Over Cocktail

Gin Fall Over Cocktail

An easy to make and unique gin cocktail, made using gin, lemon juice, apple juice and ginger beer it is quite sweet however adding grated nutmeg helps to balance the flavours. We recommend using an old fashioned type glass and to fill with plenty of ice to keep the drink nice a cold while you enjoy it.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 50ml of Gin
  • 25ml of freshly squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 25ml Apple Juice
  • Ginger Beer
  • Garnish with Apple Slices & Sprinkle of Nutmeg

Method

  1. Put the gin, lemon juice and apple juice into a shaker with some ice and give it a good shake to make sure it’s fully cooled the drink down
  2. Into a glass add ice and pour the drink from the shaker over this
  3. Top it off with ginger beer and garnish with grated nutmeg and apple slices

Full recipe and photo credit: CreativeCulinary
Berry & Rosemary Gin Fizz


Blackberry & Rosemary Gin Fizz

Blackberries work fantastically with most gins and this recipe uses frozen ones so that it also cools the drink along with the ice, best of all though is that you can keep a bag of blackberries in the freezer for months so you’ll always have them on hand to make these delicious blackberry and gin fizz cocktails whenever you have an urge for one or one some friends pop round and you want to treat them.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 100g x Frozen Blackberries
  • 1 x Lemons
  • 2 x Juniper Berries (can be done without)
  • 1 tbsp of Honey
  • 100 ml x Gin
  • 200ml x Soda Water
  • Sprigs of Rosemary

Method

  1. Get two glasses and evenly divide the frozen blackberries, wedges of the lemon into each.
  2. Add a sprig of rosemary, 1/2 tbsp of honey into each and a juniper berry (if you have one)
  3. Muddle (crush) the mixture in the glass until it’s the fruit is mashed, then fill the glass with ice, add the 50ml of gin and top up with soda water.
  4. Give it a stir and then it’s ready to serve.

Full recipe and photo credit: Anna Jones/Jamie Oliver
Coconut Water Gin & Tonics

Coconut Gin and Tonics

If you’re a fan of coconut water then you’re in luck with this deliciously simple 4 ingredient Coconut Gin and Tonics recipe, it’ll take you barely any time to make, is refreshing, healthy and great to drink whenever you fancy a chance from your standard G&T. The recipe below makes 1 drink, if you want to make more simply multiply the recipe by the number of people.

With a massive focus around the health properties and benefits of coconuts this has quickly become one of the go to recipes when you fancy a G&T but want to change it up, no need to use sugary liqueurs with this recipe, just that carton of coconut water you’ve got in the fridge or that you can pick up from any supermarket.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 50ml x Coconut Water
  • 50ml x Gin
  • 50ml x Tonic Water
  • Juice of half a lime (approx 1-2 tbsp)
  • Optional garnish of mint or basil leaves

Method

  1. Add some ice into your glass and add all of the ingredients in.
  2. Give it a stir and it’s ready to drink
  3. Optionally you can garnish with a few leaves of basil or fresh mint

Full recipe and photo credit: MinimalistBaker


Sloe Gin Fizz

The Heartwarmer Sloe Gin Fizz Cocktail

Super easy to make and delicious, there are several variations including the addition of berries crushed at the bottom of a glass but the easiest form of this is the recipe below. It’s a lovely drink that’s great at Christmas but can also be enjoyed all year round.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 75ml of Champagne
  • 25ml of Sloe Gin

Method

  1. First pour the Champagne into a flute/glass and then top with the sloe gin

Full recipe and photo credit: Waitrose


Pear Gin Cocktail

The Pear Gin Cocktail

Okay okay we know what you’re thinking, the name doesn’t sound very exciting but just take a look at the photo and listen to what’s in this unique gin cocktail and you’ll be sure to be chopping up pears and starting making this before you know it.

You’ll likely have a bottle of gin in your house but make sure you have some Elderflower Liqueur like St Germain as this is needed to make this cocktail taste delicious, without it you’ll be simply making a Pear Gin & Tonic which to be fair will still be nice and worth a try if you haven’t got any or don’t want to buy a full bottle.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1/2 a pear – chopped into small chunks
  • 60ml of Elderflower Liqueur
  • 80ml of Gin
  • Tonic Water
  • Ice
  • Rosemary Sprigs and more pear to garnish

Method

  1. Get your cocktail shaker and put the pieces of pear, the elderflower liqueur and the gin inside. Muddle the pear to break it up and then add some ice and shake.
  2. Shake some more so it’s fully mixed and cold
  3. Strain the drink into your favourite glass and then top up with tonic water
  4. Finish by garnishing the drink with a sprig of rosemary and slice of pear

Full recipe and photo credit: PerpetuallyHungryBlog


Blueberry & Sage Gin Punch

Blueberry & Sage Gin Punch

When we came across this gin punch recipe we fell in love, not only does Sylvia take beautiful photos on her blog but her recipes are a delight to make. So if you’re throwing a party or event of sort and want to make a delicious and stunning looking punch then look no further.

Ingredients (serves 10-15 people)

  • 340g of frozen blueberries (12 oz)
  • 160ml of fresh lemon juice (2/3 cup)
  • 80ml of water (1/3 cup)
  • 200g of sugar (1 cup)
  • 50-60 fresh sage leaves
  • 500-600ml of Gin (2 and half cups)
  • 1 x Bottle of Prosecco (optional)

Method

  1. Combine all the frozen blueberries with the lemon juice, sugar and water in a medium pan
  2. Heat on a medium temprature until all the sugar has dissolved at a simmer.
  3. Then muddle the berries and add the sage, heat at a simmer for a few minutes
  4. Let it cool down (2-3 hours, the longer the more sage flavours come out)
  5. Strain well, use something such as the back of a spoon to push on the berry mixture to release all the flavour and colours
  6. Add the gin and prosecco and put in a punch bowl or jar
  7. Serve with a garnish of lemon slices/sage leaves

Full recipe and photo credit: BlueberryCouncil/FeastingatHome


Lemoncello Gin Cocktail

Lemoncello Gin Cocktail

Grab the bottle of Limoncello that’s been hiding in the cupboard for years as you don’t drink it on it’s own anymore, grab your favourite gin, a lime and then some thyme and you’ll be ready to make this delicious limoncello gin based cocktail.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 50ml of Gin
  • 15ml of Limoncello
  • 15ml of Fresh Lime Juice
  • 2 x Springs of Thyme

Method

  1. Grill the sprigs of thyme until they are slightly charred and have a nice fragrant smell (10-15 seconds)
  2. In a shaker, muddle this thyme with the lime juice, add the gin and the limoncello and finally fill with ice
  3. Shake well until cold
  4. Strain into a glass filled with ice and then garnish with another sprig of thyme

Full recipe and photo credit: FineCooking


Singapore Sling

Singapore Sling

Some classic gin cocktails you may know but not know much about the background behind, this one is probably one of the only cocktails that everyone can instantly know where it originated from. Of course the Singapore Sling started life in Singapore, specifically at the Raffles Hotel and now has become infamous there. If you pop along to the bar you’ll be sure to see at least 5 other people all drinking one.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 25ml x Dry Gin
  • 25ml x Cherry Brandy
  • 5ml x Benedictine
  • 25ml x Lemon Juice (or Pineapple Juice)
  • 10ml x Grenadine

Method

  1. Add all ingredients into a shaker with some ice and give it a good shake until it feels properly chilled
  2. Strain into a glass of your choice, add some ice cubes
  3. Garnish with a segment of fresh pineapple and a cherry

Note: The exact recipe for the Singapore is a debated subject, the above is a mix of a Singapore Sling and the Straits Sling and is likely to be how the Singapore Sling originally came. The original recipe was actually lost and the cocktail that is served at the Long Bar at Raffles is one made from memories of bartenders and some written down notes on the drink.

Full recipe and photo credit: LavenderandLovage


French Tart Cocktail

The French Tart

When searching for cocktails with gin we were pleased to find this one, the French Tart cocktail brings together both tart, sweet and hermbal flavours to create a drink with a unique depth to it. Each ingredient really compliments the other so as to be not too sour or not too sweet. It may take a few go’s to make the drink exactly to your taste as you may make it the first times a bit sweet or too tart.

If you notice that it tastes different from one week to the other it may be the grapefruit you use and this can change in tastes throughout the fruits season. This is one of our personal favourite gin cocktails so we highly recommend giving it a try.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 60ml of Gin
  • 40ml of Freshly Squeezed Pink Grapefruit Juice
  • 20ml of Elderflower Liqueur
  • 20ml of Rosemary Sugar Syrup 
  • 10ml of Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3-4 drops of sage bitters (other bitters will work)

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients into a shaker with ice
  2. Shake well until fully chilled
  3. Strain into your glass and enjoy

Full recipe and photo credit: GastronomBlog


Rhubarb, Fennel & Vermouth Gin Cocktail

Rhubarb, Fennel & Vermouth Gin Cocktail

This isn’t the type of cocktail you can quickly whip up when you get back from work and instantly enjoy, this one takes a little time to make but just look at what it makes! We spotted this recipe on this site, fell in love with the photos and decided it was on our to make list (which is an ever growing list). This one looks like it will be perfect for those are fans of rhubarb.

Ingredients (serves 1)

 

To make the drink

  • 50ml x vermouth
  • 15ml x lemon juice
  • 15ml x rhubarb fennel syrup
  • 15ml x Gin
  • pinch of salt
  • Garnished with a ribbon of rhubarb and some fennel

To make the Rhubarb & Fennel syrup

  • 115g thinly chopped rhubarb (3/4 cup)
  • 115g of chopped fennel bulb (3/4 cup)
  • 100g of sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 120ml of water (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pinch of orange zest

Method

To make the Rhubarb & Fennel Syrup

  1. Into a saucepan add water, the rhubarb, fennel, sugar and the orange zest.
  2. Cook on a low-medium heat, stirring every now and again until it has a slight syrup consistancy and the rhubarb is soft and starts to break down (approx 15-20mins)
  3. Strain this mixture so it’s a liquid through something with a fine mesh (it may help to push with the back of a spoon)
  4. Wait till it cools and make sure you keep it in a fridge

   For the cocktail

  1. Add ice into a shaker along with the syrup, gin, lemon juice, vermouth and salt
  2. Shake well and strain it into your favourite glass
  3. Then garnish with the ribbon of rhubarb and fennel (ribbons are best made with a peeler)

Full recipe and photo credit: HonestlyYum


Grapefruit and Cardamom Gin Fizz

Grapefruit and Cardamom Gin Fizz

This is another cocktail recipe which isn’t a quick make, you’ll have to make yourself some gin & rosemary infused syrup (which can be kept in the fridge) and then you’ll be able to make it but if the photos above or sound of it is something you think you’ll love then it’s definitely worth a go. As with most of the gin cocktails on this page after you’ve made it once you’ll find it a lot quicker to make again in the future.

Ingredients (serves 2)

 

To make the cocktail

  • 50ml x rosemary syrup
  • 75ml x gin
  • 120ml x grapefruit juice
  • splash of prosecco
  • Rosemary sprigs & Peel of a grapefruit

To make the Gin & Rosemary infused syrup

  • 240ml of Gin (1 cup)
  • 6 x cardamom pods
  • 200g of sugar (1 cup)
  • 230ml of water (1 cup)
  • 2 x rosemary sprigs

Method

  1. Add the gin and cardamom pods into an airtight container and store for 24 hours
  2. Bring the water, sugar and rosemary to simmer in a pan until all of the sugar has dissolved, the allow to cool and remove the rosemary (keep in the fridge, it should last for a week)
  3. To make the drink, simply add the syrup, the infused gin and the grapefruit juice into a glass filled with ice, stir and enjoy.

Full recipe and photo credit: TheModernProper


Blood Orange Negroni

Ramos Gin Fizz

If you like eggs in your cocktails (which we do and recommend you try if you’ve not!) then the Ramos Gin Fizz cocktail is a great one to try. The combination of the citrus and the cream gives a unique flavour, mixed with the orange blossom water you’ll find all kinds of tastes you may not have discovered before.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 60ml Gin (2 1/2 ounces)
  • 1 egg white
  • 25ml cream (1 ounce)
  • 12ml lemon juice (1/2 ounce)
  • 12ml lime juice (1/2 ounce)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 50-100ml of soda water (depending on your preferences) (2-4 ounces)
  • Lemon wedge as a garnish

Method

  1. Add all the ingredients excluding the soda and the garnish into a shaker and give it a dry shake (a shake without ice), shake well
  2. Add ice into a glass and strain the drink from the shaker over the ice.
  3. Top the cocktail off with soda water and garnish

Photos and recipe credit: Ruhlman


Pomegranate Gin Cocktails

Pomegranate Gin Cocktail

If pomegranate is your thing then check this simple gin cocktail out, it’s a 3 ingredient (+ice) recipe, it’ll take you a few minutes and best of all you’ll likely have everything you need to make it all ready in your fridge. If not then it’ll just take you buying some pomegranate juice and soda water next time you’re at the shops.

A colourful gin based cocktail recipe which is easy to make, let us know if this would make your list of gin cocktails in the comments below.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 50ml of your favourite Gin
  • 50ml Pomegranate Juice
  • 500ml Soda Water
  • Ice
  • Optional garnishes: slice of lime, handful of fresh pomegranate and sprigs of mint

Method

  1. Pick your favourite Gin and pour 50ml into a shaker
  2. Add the ice and pomegranate juice and shake well
  3. Pour the drink into a glass and top up with soda water, garnish with a slice of lime, sprig of mint, a few fresh pomegranate seeds and a few ice cubes.

Full recipe and photo credit: YuppieChef


Fresh Peach Gin and Tonic

Fresh Peach Gin & Tonic

What’s not to love, gin & tonic and fresh peach together surrounded by ice! Refreshing, quick to make and they look pretty special too. Great in the summer, remember to be sure to use a fresh peach, tinned peaches won’t be quite the same.

Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1/2 a Peach
  • 50ml of Gin
  • 100ml of Tonic water
  • 25ml x freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Crushed Ice
  • Optional Garnish: Lime wedge & Rosemary Sprig

Method

  1. Fill a tall glass with crushed ice and some wedges of peach
  2. Slowly pour the gin in, followed by the tonic water and finally the lime juice.
  3. Gently give it a stir so that it all mixes, garnish with a sprig of rosemary and wedge of lime or peach on the top.

Full recipe and photo credit: HowSweetEats


Melon Gin and Tonic

Melon Gin & Tonic

Gin and Tonics are often said to be the most refreshing drink to have, though often drank throughout the year we do enjoy them a little more when in the sun or in warmer climates. This take on a classic is the Melon Gin and Tonic, is relatively fast and easy to do, you just need to make sure you have a Honeydew melon at the ready.

Ingredients (serves 2)

  • Gin
  • Tonic water
  • 60ml of water (1/4 cup)
  • 50g sugar (1/4 cup)
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Ice

Method

  1. Blend together the honeydew melon with the sugar and water for approx 1 minute (or until smooth)
  2. Pour this mixture into a sieve and push through, throw away any pulp
  3. Into a glass with ice cubes add 75ml of this puree along with 50ml of gin and finish with some tonic.
  4. You can garnish it with melon balls on a stick (looks pretty and you can eat them too)

Full recipe and photo credit: ACosyKitchen


Lemon Chamomile Cocktail

Lemon Chamomile Spring Cocktail

This spring based gin cocktail is a delicious combination of citrus and floral flavours, it includes egg white, yoghurt, lemon curd, gin and a few other ingredients. It looks delightful and we’re big fans. The recipe for this by the wonderful folk over at HonestlyYum requires a little more time and effort to make, so rather than summing it up here we recommend heading over to the recipe via the link below.

You’ll need to make the chamomile syrup, lemon curd and the cocktail itself but once you have you’ll have a cocktail that not only looks great but tastes wonderful too. We love how they’ve topped it off with a daisy on the top.

Get the full recipe including how to make the cocktail, lemon curd and the chamomile syrup over at: HonestlyYum


Fig and Vanilla Bean Gin Cocktail

Fig & Vanilla Bean Gin Cocktail

Figs are a wonderful fruit, one that is often over looked and one that isn’t used as often as we feel they should be in cocktails especially gin based cocktails. This fig and vanilla gin cocktail is a wonderful example of just how well it can work. You’ll need to make a simple vanilla bean and fig infused sugar syrup which only takes 10 minutes and can be kept for future use.

Ingredients (serves 1)

 

 To make the cocktail

  • 40ml x Gin  (1 1/2 oz)
  • 40ml x Fig & Vanilla Bean Syrup (see right) (1/2 oz)
  • 2 dashes of Orange Bitters
  • 50-100ml of Tonic Water (2-4 oz)
  • Ice

To make the Vanilla Bean infused syrup

  • 6 x Fresh Figs (halved with the stems removed)
  • 100g of Sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 120ml of water (1/2 cup)
  • 1 x tsp Vanilla Bean paste (or seeds of 1 vanilla bean pod)

Method

  1. Make the vanilla bean syrup by adding all the ingredients in the above right list into a saucepan and bring to a boil, turn down the heat and let the figs breakdown for approx 5 mins, then let it cool and use a fine mesh to strain the liquid. (It makes approx 150ml of syrup, this can be stored in a fridge for up to a week)
  2. Grab your cocktail shaker and fill with a large handful of ice, add approx 30-40ml of syrup, the gin and the bitters and give it a good stir to cool it all down
  3. Strain it into a glass with 1-2 ice cubes
  4. Finish by garnishing with a slice of fig

Full recipe and photo credit: TheHomemadeHaus

 

Please let us know what your favourite gin cocktails are, whether it’s one from this page, or if we’re missing any must-have gin cocktail recipes. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below and share with your friends.

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