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7 Easy to Make Gin Cocktails You Can Enjoy at Home

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

We don’t think we’re alone when we say we tried new things during the first quarantine. One of the things was cocktail making. After Vodka, the second-best spirit for cocktail making is gin. The variety of cocktails you can make with it is countless. We cover 7 of them that you should learn how to make at home.

Gin & Tonic

We’ve already written about Gin & Tonic in a previous article about ‘Five Alcoholic Drinks Every Real Man Should Know‘, but we can’t talk about gin-based cocktails without mentioning this timeless classic. It is one of those iconic drinks that does not require any special tools to make.

Glass of Gin & Tonic With Lemon and Orange Garnish
A Glass of Gin & Tonic Cocktail captured by Jez Timms

Prep: 2 mins

Ingredients:

  • Handful of ice
  • Tonic water, to top
  • 50 ml gin
  • 1 wedge of lime

Directions:

  1. Take the wedge of lime and squeeze gently while running around the rim of the glass, then drop in the bottom.
  2. Add plenty of ice.
  3. Pour the gin first, then fill the glass to the top with the tonic water.

Negroni

The Negroni is an Italian cocktail made of one part gin, one part vermouth Rosso (red, semi-sweet), and one part Campari, garnished with orange peel. It is considered one of the best cocktails for summer. The Negroni is the Italian Gentleman Cocktail. If you want to spice up the traditional recipe below, you can add a few dashes of orange bitters to the drink.

Glass of Negroni with Ice and Orange Garnish
A Glass of Negroni Cocktail

Prep: 2 mins

Ingredients:

  • 30 ml Gin
  • 30 ml Campari
  • 30 ml Vermouth Rosso
  • Orange peel – for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add the gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice, and stir until well-chilled.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass filled with large ice cubes.
  3. Garnish with an orange peel.

Dry Martini

One of the greatest benefits of a Martini – in addition to being extremely delicious, is its wide range of methods of preparation.

Dry Martini with Lemon Twist Garnish
A Glass of Dry Martini with a Lemon Twist © www.liquor.com

Prep: 3 mins

Ingredients:

  • 50 ml Dry Gin
  • 10 ml Dry Vermouth
  • Lemon twist or green olive for garnish
  • Handful of ice

Directions:

  1. In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin and vermouth.
  2. Stir it well for about 30 seconds, then strain it into a martini glass.
  3. Finally, garnish with olive or lemon twist and serve.

Some of the popular ratios:

  • Dry Gin – French Vermouth = 1: 1
  • Dry Gin – Dry Vermouth = 2: 1
  • Dry Gin – Dry Vermouth = 3: 1
  • Dry Gin – Dry Vermouth = 5: 1
  • Dry Gin – Dry Vermouth = 10: 1

Tom Collins

The Tom Collins is a Collins cocktail made from gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water. Jerry Thomas, “the father of American mixology,” first mentions it in 1876. This “gin and sparkling lemonade” drink is usually served in a Collins glass on ice.

Glass of Tom Colins

Prep: 3 mins

Ingredients:

  • 60 ml Dry Gin
  • 30 ml Lemon Juice
  • 10 ml Simple Syrup
  • Club soda, to top
  • Lemon wheel for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a Collins glass.
  2. Fill with ice, top with club soda, then give it a good stir.
  3. Top it off with a lemon wheel for garnish.

Gimlet

Glass of Gimlet With Lemon Wheel Garnish Next to Shaker

Prep: 3 mins

Ingredients:

  • 60 ml Dry Gin
  • 30 ml Lime Juice
  • Handful of ice
  • Lime wheel

Directions:

  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine gin and lime juice, then give it a good shake.
  2. Strain into a Coupe Glass.
  3. Garnish with a lime wheel.

French 75

The inspiration for the title was apparently a 75mm Howitzer field gun used by the French and the Americans in World War 1. The gun was known for its accuracy and speed, and the French 75 is said to have such a kick that it felt like being hit by such a weapon.

Glass of French 75 with a Lemon Twist Garnish
Two French 75 Cocktails © www.simplyrecipes.com

Prep: 2 mins

Ingredients:

  • 30 ml Gin
  • 15 ml Lemon juice
  • 15 ml simple syrup
  • 90 ml Champagne or any sparkling wine
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Directions:

  1. Add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
  2. Strain into a Champagne glass.
  3. Top with the Champagne.
  4. Finally, garnish with a lemon twist.

Gin Fizz

Many people are afraid of cocktails that contain raw eggs. However, I want you to rest assured when you put the egg white in the citrus, the citrus cooks the egg, so no bacteria is formed in it at all.

2 Glasses of Gin Fizz with Lemon Wedge Garnish

Prep: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 40 ml Gin
  • 30 ml lemon juice
  • 10 ml simple syrup
  • Club soda, to top
  • Handful of ice
  • One Egg white

Directions:

  1. Crack the egg white into a shaker, pour the lemon juice, gin, and simple syrup over the egg. Don’t rush this step. The more time the citrus contacts with the egg, the more it cooks it (5-10 seconds is more than enough).
  2. Once everything is in the shaker, give it a good shake, it’s called dry shaking. When you are done with dry shaking, add ice to the shaker and shake it for another 5-10 seconds.
  3. Once you are done with the second round of shaking, double strain it into the glass. Double straining is needed to make sure there aren’t any ice shards in the drink.
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