5 Best Gin Cocktails
Gin has a centuries-long history filled with interesting quips and tidbits with the first use of the spirit traced back to the 17th century. Common use of the phrase “gin-soaked” in describing people who over-imbibe is enough proof of gin’s rich history. Gin is perfect for mixing into cocktails mostly because it’s smooth liquor. It’s more popular than ever today, so it wouldn’t hurt to learn some simple serving options. Luckily, you don’t fancy equipment for most cocktails. All that matters is the love you put into making these.
Before you try making any of these gin cocktails, remember:
- The key to making drinks is the balance between sweet and sour or bitter. It’s about not letting one element overpower the other.
- Taste your drinks before you serve to make sure they’re good.
- If you’re serving over ice, fill the glass to the top with it.
- Make sure the garnish is fresh and stacked close to the straws.
- Keep in mind that we all drink in three steps. With our eyes first, then with our nose and finally with our mouth.
These gin cocktails are the best not just because they taste great when mixed properly but because they’re come of the easiest to pull off.
A martini is one of the most popular alcohol beverages in the world. H.L. Mencken referred to it as “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet”.
- 1 1/2 oz gin
- 1/2 oz dry vermouth
How to make Martini
All you need here is gin, dry vermouth, lemon and olives. Pour your gin and vermouth into a mixing glass filled ice cubes and stir well. Do not shake, stir. Pour this mix in a martini cocktail glass and squeeze oil from your lemon peel into it, after which you garnish with olive.
2. Gin and Tonic
This very well-known gin cocktail is such a phenomenon because its taste is quite different from the taste of its constituent liquids which tend to be bitter. The reason for this is the chemical structures of both ingredients are of a similar molecular shape and attract each other, shielding the bitter taste.
- 5 oz tonic water
- 2 oz gin
- 1 wedge of lime
How to make Gin and Tonic
Fill your glass with ice and add your gin and tonic. Garnish the mix with your lime wedge.
3. Gin Rickey
Created in Washington D.C. during an especially brutal heat wave in the 1980s before air-conditioning existed, the gin rickey is a refreshingly bubbly and pleasantly bitter cocktail.
- 2 oz dry gin
- 2 oz club soda
- Splash of lime syrup
How to make Gin Rickey
Squeeze as much lime juice as you can into a Collins glass filled with ice. Add your dry gin and club soda, then your splash of lime syrup.
4. Gin Fizz
The gin fizz is the most popular in the fizz family. Its defining features are an acidic juice like lemon or lime with carbonated water.
- 3 oz soda
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz sloe gin
- 3/4 oz lemon juice
How to make Gin Fizz
Shake the sloe gin, lemon juice and simple syrup vigorously with ice in a mixing glass. Pour into an ice-filled Collins glass, and top with a club soda or seltzer.
Negroni is said to have originated from 1919 Florence, Italy when Count Camillo Negroni asked the bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to strengthen his favourite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water. Scarselli also added an orange garnish instead of the typical lemon garnish used in mixing the Americano.
- 1 oz campari bitters
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- 1 oz gin
How to make Negroni
Pour all ingredients into a glass filled with ice and stir and garnish with an orange peel.