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15 Classic Gin Cocktails That Have Stood the Test of Time

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It can be fun to experiment in the kitchen with trying something new, but equally satisfying is to create a cocktail that has been tried and tested over decades, even centuries, and is still loved universally.

Classic gin cocktails are the very essence of elegance and sophistication, but it’s not all about style – they look like a million dollars but there’s a wealth of riches in the flavours too.

The great thing about making the most famous cocktails is that they are incredibly easy to make. The simple things in life truly are the best – that’s why these cocktails are still around and always will be.

So if you’re hosting a cocktail party or simply want to treat yourself to a little bit of luxury, you’ll find a recipe to suit every occasion within this cocktail guide.

Best Classic Gin Cocktails

  1. Gin Martini

    Ingredients:

    • • 50ml Japanese Gin
    • • 15ml Dry Vermouth
    • • Apple to garnish

    Method:

    1. 1.  Pour the gin and vermouth into a shaker filled with ice.
    2. 2. Stir and strain into a martini glass.
    3. 3. Garnish with a crisp apple fan.
  2. Gimlet

    Ingredients:

    Method:

    1. 1.  Pour the lime juice and sugar syrup into a jug or tall glass and add a few ice cubes and the gin.
    2. 2. Stir until the outside of the container feels very cold.
    3. 3. Strain the mixture into a chilled Martini or coupe glass.
  3. Negroni

    Ingredients:

    Method:

    1. 1. Stir over ice & strain into an ice-filled glass.
  4. Bee's Knees

    Ingredients:

    Method:

    1. 1.  Add the gin and honey to a shaker and stir well until the honey has dissolved.
    2. 2. Add the orange juice and shake well.
    3. 3. Strain into a martini glass, or in a tumbler over the rocks.
    4. 4. Garnish with a twist of orange.
  5. French 75

    Ingredients:

    Method:

    1. 1.  Cut the lemon in half and squeeze into your cocktail shaker.
    2. 2. Carefully measure out the sugar and gin then add to your cocktail shaker.
    3. 3. Attach the shaker lid and shake well for 20 – 30 seconds.
    4. 4. Serve in a flute and top with champagne.
    5. 5. Garnish with lemon peel to add an extra burst of flavour.
  6. Tom Collins

    Ingredients:

    • • 60ml Peels Gin
    • • 30ml fresh lemon juice
    • • 15ml sugar syrup
    • • Chilled soda water
    • • Lemon slices & Maraschino cherry to garnish

    Method:

    1. 1.  Add the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup to a glass filled with ice and stir well to combine.
    2. 2. Top with soda and give it a final stir.
    3. 3. Garnish with a lemon slice and a Mascharino cherry.
  7. Gin Mojito

    Ingredients:

    • • 50ml Chesterfield Mojito Gin
    • • 15ml lime juice
    • • 20ml sugar syrup
    • • 10 mint leaves
    • • Soda water
    • • 3 Lime wedges

    Method:

    1. 1.  Add the gin, lime juice, sugar syrup, and 8 mint leaves into a glass.
    2. 2. Churn (rather than muddle) with crushed ice.
    3. 3. Top up with soda water.
    4. 4. Garnish with the remaining mint leaves and lime wedges.
  8. Singapore Sling

    Ingredients:

    • • 35ml Sky Wave Gin
    • • 15ml cherry liqueur
    • • 7.5ml Benedictine
    • • 7.5ml Cointreau
    • • 120ml pineapple juice
    • • 15ml of lime juice
    • • 5-10ml grenadine
    • • Pineapple to garnish

    Method:

    1. 1.  Pour the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and add a few drops of Angostura bitters.
    2. 2. Cover and shake vigorously then fill a tall glass with ice, then strain the cocktail over the ice.
    3. 3. Garnish with pineapple slice.
  9. Espresso Martini

    Ingredients:

    Method:

    1. 1.  Place all ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker.
    2. 2. Shake until chilled.
    3. 3. Strain into glass and garnish with 2/3 coffee beans.
  10. Southside

    Ingredients:

    • • 60ml Scuttled Gin
    • • 8 mint leaves
    • • 30ml fresh lime juice
    • • 15ml sugar syrup

    Method:

    1. 1.  Add the gin, mint, lime juice and sugar syrup to a shaker full of ice and shake well.
    2. 2. Strain finely into a Martini glass.
    3. 3. Garnish with mint sprig.
  11. Bramble

    Ingredients:

    Method:

    1. 1.  Place the gin, lemon juice, syrup and mint leaves in the bottom of a shaker and muddle slightly. Add ice and shake until cool.
    2. 2. Fill a tumbler with crushed ice and strain in the cocktail.
    3. 3. Drizzle Rhubarb and Bramble Liqueur over the top and garnish with a sprig of mint.
  12. Gin Hot Toddy

    Ingredients:

    • • 50ml Marmalade Old Tom Gin
    • • 5ml orange marmalade
    • • 1tsp sugar
    • • Hot water
    • • Orange, star anise, cinnamon and clove to garnish

    Method:

    1. 1.  Add the gin and marmalade to a mug.
    2. 2. Top with boiling water and stir in the sugar.
    3. 3. Garnish with orange, star anise, cinnamon and clove.
  13. Red Snapper

    Ingredients:

    • • 50ml Isle of Bute Oyster Gin
    • • 75ml tomato juice
    • • 25ml lemon juice
    • • Tabasco sauce
    • • Worcestershire sauce
    • • Cucumber, chilli, basil and thyme to garnish

    Method:

    1. 1.  Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and roll between two cocktail shakers with cubed ice.
    2. 2. Fine strain into a highball glass over cubed ice.
    3. 3. Garnish with cucumber, chilli, basil and thyme.
  14. Gin Sour

    Ingredients:

    • •  30ml Cambridge Dry Gin
    • •  25ml lemon juice
    • •  20ml honey syrup
    • •  25ml apple juice
    • •  Egg white
    • •  Fresh dill to garnish
    • •  Fresh flowers to garnish

    Method:

    1. 1.  Combine ingredients in a shaker, dry shake, then shake with ice.
    2. 2. Fine strain and serve over ice in tumbler.
    3. 3. Garnish with dill pollen, dill and fresh flowers.
  15. The Perfect Gin & Tonic

    Ingredients:

    • • 50ml London Dry style gin
    • • 150ml premium tonic water
    • • Lime wedges or lemon slices to garnish
    • • Ice

    Method:

    1. 1.  Prepare a chilled Copa glass (place in the freezer for 20 mins prior to serving).
    2. 2. Add plenty of ice (pour out any excess water from the glass).
    3. 3. Add the gin.
    4. 4. Pour over the tonic and stir well.
    5. 5. Add the garnish.