Gin is not just the perfect partner to tonic, it is also a fantastic cocktail spirit. The depth of the gin and it’s botanicals adds something rather special to the cocktail.

Making cocktails at home is a great way to experiment and experience gin in different ways, bringing out new flavours and tastes. Here at The Gin To My Tonic we believe that making cocktails at home need not be complicated or costly, in fact the easier the better! With a few key ingredients you can unleash your inner home bartender and soon be whipping up some fabulous looking and tasting drinks.

To help we have put together a selection of our favourite gin cocktails:

Martini

The Gin Martini comes in many forms, be it classic, dirty, or filthy, there is something for everyone. Minimal ingredients make for a fabulous serve.

Ingredients:
60ml of a good quality gin of your choice
20ml of Dry Vermouth, we recommend Noily Prat

Glass: Martini

Garnish Choice:
Classic – lemon peel
Dirty – 3 green olives & olive brine
Filthy – Anchovy

Method:
Add the gin and vermouth into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Then STIR don’t SHAKE, no James Bond antics here! Simply strain into a well chilled martini glass and add garnish of choice.

Negroni

Old Fashioned Cocktail. Negroni

The Negroni has burst back onto the cocktail scene, no doubt the meteoric rise of gin has brought this sophisticated serve back to life.

Ingredients:
45ml of a good quality gin of your choice
25ml of Campari
25ml Sweet red vermouth (Martini rosso, Cinzano Rosso are good quality inexpensive buys)

Glass: Old fashioned tumbler

Garnish: Orange peel

Method:
Add the gin, campari and sweet red vermouth to a cocktail glass generously filled with ice and stir well. Strain into a tumbler that has been filled with ice. Add the orange peel garnish and enjoy.

Bramble

A favourite in many a cocktail bar for the gin drinker, sour yet sweet to taste, impressive to look at and easy to recreate at home with just a few key ingredients.

Ingredients:
50ml of a good quality gin of your choice
15ml of lemon juice
15ml of sugar syrup
15ml of Blackberry liquer (Chambord or Monin are good options)
4 blackberries – muddled

Glass: Old fashioned tumbler

Garnish: Lemon and blackberries

Method:
Firstly fill a tumbler with crushed ice, set aside. Add the gin, lemon juice, muddled blackberries and sugar syrup into a cocktail glass and stir.
Strain into the tumbler over the crushed ice, pour the chambord over the top and garnish with blackberries and a quarter wedge of lemon.

French 75

Dating back to World War 1 this cocktail is named after the French 75-mm field gun that was commonly used. Despite the name reference this is a refined elegant gin & fizz cocktail. Traditionally made using Champagne you can also substitute with a good quality Prosecco.

Ingredients:
Champagne or Prosecco
45ml of Gin
10ml of lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
5ml of sugar syrup

Glass: Champagne flute

Garnish: Lemon peel

Method:
Add the lemon juice, sugar syrup and gin into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Shake vigorously then strain into a flute glass. Top up with either champagne of prosecco and garnish with a small twist of lemon peel.

Basil Smash

A relatively new cocktail on the gin scene this is really the essence of modern day tastes. It can also be easily adjusted according to your own taste preferance. This is an incredibly refreshing and vibrant cocktail, it really does get the taste buds tingling for sure.

Ingredients:
60ml of Gin
A handful of fresh basil leaves (adjust quantity according to personal taste)
20ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice
10ml of sugar syrup

Glass: Old fashioned tumbler

Garnish: Two basil leaves

Method:
Add the basil leaves into a cocktail glass and muddle thoroughly, breaking down the basil and releasing the fragrant aromas. Then add in the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup, fill with lots of ice and shake well. Strain into an ice filled tumbler and add the basil leaf garnish.

 

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