In 2019, almost 10 million 9-liter cases of gin were sold nationally, earning gin distillers $918 million in revenue. Gin is a unique liquor that's a lot of fun to explore. No other liquor has the versatility that gin boasts, with each brand having its distinct taste. Here are some simple gin cocktail recipes you can easily recreate to get your gin cocktail journey started!
Classic Gin Martini
If there's any cocktail that put gin on the map, it would be this simple, classic rendition of the Martini. This drink is the definition of "less is more." Grab the best gin you have, dry vermouth, and stir (though shaken can be an interesting experience for any Bond fans out there). Enjoy this iconic classic drink!
Gin and Tonic
Another well-known drink in gin's repertoire is the self-explanatory gin and tonic. It's made of gin and tonic water (duh!), and this simple combination is always reliable in making a great drink. It's a great launching pad to start your cocktail-making journey since it's a difficult recipe to mess up. Swipe lime around the rim of your glass, squeeze it, and drop it into your drink for some citrus goodness!
This may be a drink you've never heard of, but once you've had one, it'll leave you begging for seconds. The ingredients are relatively simple: gin, lime juice, raspberry syrup, and ginger ale. Shake the gin, lime juice, and raspberry syrup with ice until well-chilled, and then double-strain the contents into a highball glass over ice. Afterward, top with your ginger ale and stir gently. Garnish with skewered raspberries for a pink cocktail that tastes as beautiful as it looks.
If you enjoy semi-sweet sparkling cocktails, you'll adore the Singapore Sling. While there are many variations of the recipe, for beginners the most suitable recipe requires gin, benedictine liqueur, cherry liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup, and club soda.
Pour your gin, cherry liqueur, lime juice, simple syrup, and benedictine liqueur into your cocktail shaker, and shake well. Strain your mix into a highball glass over fresh ice before topping with club soda. Garnish with a lemon slice and maraschino cherry to garnish your drink, achieving the classic Singapore Sling look.
New Orleans Fizz
This cocktail is also known as the Ramos Gin Fizz. If you've conquered all the other recipes on the list and are feeling up for a challenge, this iconic cocktail should be a great next step in your cocktail-making journey. You'll need some commitment and extra time along with these ingredients:
- Orange flower water
- Egg white
- Club soda
Vigorously shake these ingredients with ice and pour them back into the shaker. Dry shake before filling the shaker with ice. Shake again to ensure a smooth texture, before straining into a chilled highball glass and topping with club soda.
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