Best Gin Cocktail Recipes

By Gayot Editors

At-home Gin Cocktail Recipes

Gin has come a long way since its days as a Medieval medicinal spirit and this list proves there’s more ways to mix it up beyond the gin and tonic. The classic gimlet was developed in 1867 when lime juice became the first concentrated fruit drink and as its popularity grew British Naval officers mixed it with gin. The laundry list of gin cocktails includes the martini — though now vodka has become the more popular choice — and the famous pink lady cocktail.

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1. Classic Gimlet Cocktail

Classic Gimlet Cocktail

Tanqueray uses fresh, whole fruit botanicals, and it’s all distilled in “Tiny Ten,” the small batch still that lends its name to the product.

– 2 oz. Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
– 1 oz. lime cordial

• Pour all the ingredients into a tumbler and stir.
• Fill up with crushed ice.
• Garnish with a flower, or, if you have a sense of humor and want to honor history — a corkscrew!

> Recipe courtesy of Tanqueray No. Ten Gin

2. Gin Martini

Gin Martini

Master distiller Desmond Payne has infused Beefeater 24 Gin with a blend of Japanese Sencha and Chinese teas.

– 2 oz. Beefeater 24 Gin
– dash of extra dry vermouth
– green olives for garnish

• Shake or stir gin (or vodka) and vermouth with crushed ice.
• Strain and serve in a cocktail glass, straight up or over ice.
• Garnish with a lemon twist or olives.

Tip: If you want a Dirty Martini instead, add 1/2 ounce (15 ml) of green olive brine when stirring the other ingredients. Voíla!

> Recipe courtesy of Beefeater 24 Gin

3. Gin n’ Juice

Gin n' Juice

Plymouth Gin can be enjoyed neat or mixed with tonic water, but due to its mild flavor we prefer to use it as an ingredient in our favorite cocktails. 

-2 oz. Plymouth Gin
– 1 oz. sparkling water
– 2 oz. pink grapefruit juice

• Muddle one slice of grapefruit in an Old Fashioned glass.
• Add ice and remaining ingredients.
• Garnish with a grapefruit wheel.

> Recipe courtesy of Plymouth Original Gin

4. Raspberry Ramble Cocktail

Each batch of Nolet Distillery’s gin is individually distilled using an unusually high concentration of botanicals; chiefly juniper, verbena and saffron.

– 2 oz. Nolet’s Reserve Gin
– 4 fresh raspberries
– 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
– 3/4 oz. simple syrup

• In a mixing glass muddle the raspberries.
• Add the rest of the ingredients and shake thoroughly without ice.
• Pour the contents into the center of a Collins glass filled with crushed ice, so the raspberries form a mound at the top of the glass.

> Recipe courtesy of Nolet’s Reserve Gin

5. Silver Bulleit Cocktail

If you do want to mix a cocktail with Nolet’s Silver, try this recipe.

– 1 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin
– 1 oz. Bulleit Bourbon
– 1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
– 3/4 oz. simple syrup

• Muddle one slice of grapefruit in an Old Fashioned glass.
• Add ice and remaining ingredients.
• Garnish with a grapefruit wheel.

> Recipe courtesy of Nolet’s Silver Gin