A simple cocktail with familiar flavors: gin aromatics and sweetened lime juice. This cocktail has evolved over time. In its early versions, the cocktail included the now familiar ingredients of gin, lime juice, and sweetener, but also sparkled with soda water. Most versions now omit the soda, and are served up neat, using either commercially available Rose Sweetened Lime Cordial, or with fresh lime and simple syrup.
2 oz Gin
3/4 oz Lime Juice
3/4 oz Simple Syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice. Double strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lime wheel. To kick this up a notch, add mint to the shaker and garnish with a mint sprig instead of a lime wheel. Or, omit the mint and shake in a few cucumber slices, use Hendricks Gin, and garnish with a cucumber wheel.
A simple two ingredient cocktail that is often ruined with subpar tonic. Yes, all tonic is not just tonic. Modern tonics are simply artificial flavorings added to carbonated water and are boring and dull. But historically, the original tonic components contained quinine from the cinchona tree, which packed in flavor (along with its perceived medicinal qualities). Try out one of these cocktails, but search out some real tonic water. You won't go back!
2 oz Gin
In a lowball, add ice, Gin, and top with Tonic Water. Squeeze in two lime wedges and stir lightly. Try this with different traditional Landon Dry Gins, more modern American Gins, and even a barrel-aged Gin. And again, search out and try different tonics and syrups.
Named after the French 75mm field gun because the drink packed such a kick, this drink dates back to World War I at the New York Bar in Paris, France. Today, its commonly enjoyed at brunches, but also for an evening of celebration. Before you toast your Champagne, consider adding this little kick.
1/2 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Champagne or Sparkling Wine
Shake Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup with ice. Strain into a Champagne flute and top with Champagne or Sparkling Wine. Garnish with a lemon twist. Shake this one up with a Rose Champagne. Or, go way out there and substitute a Blood Orange Liqueur or other fruity liqueur for the lemon juice.
The famous 1:1:1 bitter cocktail - one part Gin, one part Campari, and one part Sweet Vermouth. This bitter cocktail is not for everyone, but it will take your tastes to new levels.
1 oz Gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
In a mixing glass, stir all ingredients with ice. Strain into a coupe or lowball, and serve with a lemon twist. Experiment with different Gins and Vermouths. If the Campari's bitterness is too much, try Aperol. And once you fall in love, try making a large batch of this and barrel aging it for a month.
The tried and true Old Fashioned cocktail truly can't be beat. But that isn't to say you shouldn't try. Dozens and dozens of variations exists, using the same basic premise of roughly 2 oz base liquor, a dash to 1/2 oz of either a sweetening agent or a sweetening liquor, and something citrusy or fruity as a garnish. This one will surprise you - both in terms of enjoyment and on how quickly high proof gin can bite you!
2 oz (High Proof) Gin
.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Dash Orange Bitters
In a mixing glass, heavily stir all the ingredients with ice. Depending on the proof of your Gin, dilution is necessary. Strain and serve in a lowball with an ice ball. Rim the glass with oils from a grapefruit swath and then use the twisted swath as a garnish. Kick this one up with a Navy Strength Gin!