How to make a cocktail with gin? Impress your friends with our five favourites.
We want to make life easy for you with these 5 amazing gin cocktail recipes.
Even if you don’t have all the fancy kit at home you’ll be able to make these with your usual kitchen utensils. You’ll be impressing your friends in no time.
1. Martini - a cocktail with gin and vermouth
As Vanilla Ice told us back in 1990, Ice, Ice, baby is the key to a decent martini. The timings are important to get the right dilution
Delight your partner by following this recipe.
50ml London Dry Gin
15ml Dry Vermouth
Pour over ice in a cocktail shaker, stir for 90 seconds.
Strain and pour into a chilled glass.
Garnish with a lemon peel. Give it a slight twist and pop into your glass
2. How to make an easy cocktail with gin
Gin and Tonic. I know you might not think of it as a cocktail, but there are a couple of little twists we think you can add to impress your friends.
Work those garnishes so you get a lot of flavour into the tonic. We think Cardamom is an excellent garnish, especially to match with those more fragrant gins.
Also use lots of ice. Using more ice slows the melting of the ice and means you don’t end up with a diluted G&T.
Think carefully about the amount of tonic. For a stronger flavour, but something to savour, use 50ml of gin, 150ml tonic, 5 cardamoms.
Don’t be afraid to experiment, try flavoured tonics and flavoured gins, there are so many wonderful choices out there.
3. A Christmas Cocktail with Gin
Coming up is the ultimate gin cocktail for winter (for those whose winter isn’t at Christmas). We have to credit Tristan Stephenson for the inspiration behind this, for his cocktail Purl. We’ve simplified it slightly and added in a flavoured gin, which we believe adds a warming twist. This recipe makes 3 servings.
1 500ml can of Bitter (we like Old Dairy)
100ml of x gin (we use Greensand Ridge PX Cask Gin)
1 tablespoon of honey
Half an orange squeezed
4. A Gin Cocktail with Orange
A lot to choose from for this but we’d recommend an Orange Gin Sour. Not a traditional combination but one that works really well.
50ml Gin (we recommend a fragrant one like Saint Clement Cornish Organic GIn)
Half an Egg White (can leave out if you prefer)
25 ml Orange Juice
15ml Sugar Syrup
Pour all the ingredients over ice in a cocktail shaker, shake for a couple of minutes, then pour into a glass a garnish with an orange slice. (Cheats tip - use an electric whisk if you haven’t quite got the foam you like from the egg white).
5. A Gin Cocktail for Summer
Ok, ok, we know it’s not summer and coming up to Christmas, but hey we should leave something decent for Father Christmas, he’s got to travel the globe. And for those of you who are heading off for a bit of winter sun these will come in hand.
Here’s our Gin Cocktail with Elderlfower for our summer recommendation. And it’s easy!
15ml Elderflower Cordial
50ml of Gin
Squeeze of Grapefruit Juice
150 ml Soda Water
Pour all the ingredients over plenty of ice, give it a stir.
This is just a small selection of some of the wonderful gin cocktails available. If you’re new to cocktail making we believe they’re an excellent introduction. We’ve generally chosen cocktails with readily available ingredients, so you don’t have to make too many purchases.
We’d love to hear how you’ve got on or any of your suggestions. Let us know below!