Gin has made a serious comeback in recent years. No longer is it the preserve of weeping women and melancholy men, but actually the hipster drink du-jour. The basic G+T is a night-out staple (served only in a fishbowl) but what else can you do with gin?
We chart 11 delicious gin recipes so you can be a Ginspert by the weekend.
The Gin Sour is a cocktail from the sour family and the formula is pretty basic – therefore easy to make! Thanks to Mix That Drink for the easy-peasy recipe.
- Good quality gin
- Fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Some sugar to take the edge off the lemon
This is an old school style of cocktail, which means it’s really all about the flavor of the liquor, so make sure you use a top quality version like Hendrick’s or Bombay Sapphire. Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice; shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
Thyme Well Spent
Not the usual herb you’d imagine in a cocktail, but actually a perfect accompaniment to gin. Also, bonus points if you can pick fresh thyme from your garden!
- 40ml gin
- 20ml thyme liqueur
- 10ml thyme syrup
- 25ml lemon juice
- 25ml egg white
- 1 dash homemade garden bitters (optional)
Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake for 15 seconds. Add ice to the shaker and shake again. Pour into a Collins glass, top with soda, then garnish with a sprig of thyme and an edible flower.
This one is from Josh Burdon of Sim Simma Dublin. It’s one of his favourite gin drinks as it tastes like Summer and works well at festivals.
- 35 ml lime
- 50 ml gin
- 20 ml simple sugar
Simply shake with mint and cucumber and adorn with cucumber shavings.
Short and fragrant, this is a recipe from famous London bartender Dick Bradsell – (the creator of many of our modern classics) This is a very pretty drink and goes down great at a party.
- 40ml gin
- 20ml sugar syrup
- 20ml lemon juice
- 10ml crème de mure
- Berries for garnish
Take a large measure of dry gin and shake together with the lemon and sugar syrup, pour over crushed ice and drizzle the crème de mure through the drink. Garnish with seasonal berries.
Sloe gin fizz
This is the perfect festive drink, so get practising now. If you’re feeling really brave, you could actually try making the sloe gin yourself…but here’s the basic recipe.
- 50ml sloe gin
- 20ml lemon
- 15ml syrup
- 20ml egg whites
Shake together the sloe gin, lemon, sugar syrup, a rosemary sprig and the fresh egg white with ice. Then, shake without the ice to ensure maximum frothage. Serve straight up in a wine glass with a slapped rosemary sprig aloft.
Gin and bubbles? Could life get any better? The French 75 is a stablemate at brunch, and is very easy to drink. Almost too easy…The Bon Appetit version uses a lemon twist for serving.
- 2 ounces London Dry Gin
- ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
- ¾ ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces Champagne
- Long spiral lemon twist (for serving)
Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds. Strain cocktail through a Hawthorne strainer or a slotted spoon into a large flute. Top with Champagne; garnish with lemon twist.
Khao San Road
Oliver Puck is owner and manager at The East Village in Leeds and one of his biggest sellers at the moment is the ‘Khao San Road’. It’s a twist on a Thai green curry, which is a hard one to get your head around, but the citrus of the lime and the sweetness of the coconut syrup work together beautifully. End result is a very light, refreshing and easy-to-drink cocktail.
- 50ml Chilli & Lemongrass infused Bombay Sapphire
- 15ml Coconut Rum
- 25ml fresh lime juice
- 24ml coconut syrup
- 50ml Rubicon lychee juice
Combine all ingredients in a shaker over ice; shake and strain into a tall glass and garnish with chilli and lychee.
Sometimes it’s all about the classics, and this is an “oldie but goodie” from Reeta Cheerie, who previously worked in Delahunts:
- Use Bombay Sapphire – or if you’re keen to sample Irish gin – try Dingle, Shortcross or Glendalough
- Fresh lime juice
- Sugar syrup
- Garnish with lime
Shake and serve as a straight up Martini or over ice in a tumbler.
Bitter notes from grapefruit and ale balance the floral sweetness of the gin and liqueur—one sip and you’ll be all shook-up with this foolproof recipe from Bon Appetit.
- 3 oz.fresh pink grapefruit juice
- 1½ oz. London Dry Gin
- ¼ oz. St-Germain (elderflower liqueur)
- India Pale Ale (for serving)
- Grapefruit twist (for serving)
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice and top off with ale. Garnish with grapefruit twist.
Also known as a mojito, gin-style. And who doesn’t love a good mojito? Another banger from the BBC.
- 50ml gin,
- 20ml lime
- 15ml sugar syrup,
- 6-8 mint leaves.
Drop the gin, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and the mint leaves into your shaker then get your arms moving. Fine strain it into a posh Martini glass that’s been chilled. Hold the ice. Garnish with one slapped mint leaf.
Let’s finish on the classic or all classics – the Gin Martini. For a recipe like this Jamie Oliver is your man. For full James Bond vibes, only serve with an olive. Smooth, but lethal.
- 1 part vermouth
- 5 part Bombay Sapphire gin
- Ice (for mixing)
- To garnish: Green olive
Chill your cocktail glass (the easiest way is to fill it with ice). Add plenty of ice and the vermouth to your shaker/stirring glass and stir to make sure the ice is coated with vermouth, then use your strainer to pour away the excess. Add the Bombay Sapphire to the shaker/stirring glass and stir the mixture for about 30 seconds to chill and dilute. Strain into the chilled cocktail glass and garnish with an olive.