Gin

Gin is liquor made from juniper berries, but flavoured with other plants, depending on the taste its producers want to obtain. The type of gin most widely used for cocktails is the London dry gin; you can assume all these recipes are prepared with this variety of gin. You can prepare many classical cocktails with gin.


Alexandra

ice
1 oz. gin
1 oz. white cacao cream
2 oz. evaporated milk

The Alexandra is a variant of the Alexander. To prepare one, mix all the ingredients in a shaker and then serve it, without ice, in a champagne glass. Garnish with grated nutmeg over the drink.


Blue devil

ice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. blue curaçao
1 1/2 oz. gin

The Blue devil is a direct drink, so make it pouring all the ingredients in an old-fashioned glass and adding a stirrer and a slice of lemon to garnish.


Gimlet

ice
1/2 oz. lime or lemon juice
2 1/2 oz. gin

You can make a gimlet easily stirring the ingredients above and serving them in an old-fashioned glass. Although the gimlet is classically prepared with lime juice, or you can prepare it with lemon juice as well. To garnish, a twist of lemon will do.


Gin & gin

ice
2 oz. gin
fill with ginger ale

The Gin & Gin is a highball, a direct and fast cocktail. Prepare one pouring the ingredients in a highball glass and adding a slice of lemon and a stirrer to garnish.


Gin daisy

ice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. sugar syrup
1/2 oz. curaçao green
2 oz. gin
fill with soda
fruit in pieces

This is the gin variant of the old Brandy Daisy. Prepare one mixing the first four ingredients in a shaker, and then filling the long-drink glass with soda. Add some fruit in pieces to garnish.


Gin fizz, Silver Fizz, Golden Fizz, Royal Fizz, Diamond Fizz

ice
2 tb. icing sugar
1/2 oz. lemon juice
2 oz. gin
fill with soda

Among the fizz family of cocktails, the ones with gin are the most famous. They are usually filled with soda water. To make a gin fizz, pour the ingredients above in a highball glass, adding the soda water at the end. There are a few variants for this cocktail:

+ add the yolk of an egg and you will have a Golden Fizz.
+ add the white of an egg and you will have a Silver Fizz.
+ add a whole egg and you will have a Royal Fizz.
+ or pour champagne instead of soda water to complete a Diamond Fizz.

In all cases, add a slice of lemon and a stirrer to garnish.


Gin tonic

ice
2 oz. gin
fill with tonic water

The Gin tonic is another highball direct cocktail, so just pour all the ingredients in a highball glass and add a slice of lemon and a stirrer to garnish.


Green devil

ice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1/4 oz. green mint cream
1 1/2 oz. gin

Like the Blue devil, this Green devil is a direct drink. Pour the ingredients in an old-fashioned glass and garnish with a slice of lemon.


Martini, Blue martini, Dry martini, Gibson

ice
1 1/2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. dry vermouth

The classic Martini has dozens of variants. Make this classical one stirring the ingredients in a separate glass and then serving them without ice in a Martini glass. A lemon twist or a green olive will give it that special look we all love.

+ add a dash of both blue curaçao and angostura bitters to make a Blue Martini.
+ add more gin (two ounces) and just a few drops of dry vermouth to make a Dry Martini.
+ add a small picked onion as garnish to make a Gibson.


Negroni

ice
3/4 oz. Campari bitters
3/4 oz. gin
3/4 oz. red vermouth

A Negroni, another classic is an aperitif cocktail made pouring all the ingredients above in an old-fashioned glass. The usual garnish is a half-moon of orange plus a stirrer.


Singapore

ice
1 1/2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. cherry brandy
2 oz. orange juice
3 oz. pineapple juice
1/2 oz. grenadine syrup

To prepare a Singapore, pour all the ingredients above in a highball glass, and garnish with a slice of lemon and a stirrer. Do not confuse this version with the Singapore sling drink.


Singapore sling

ice
1/4 oz. lemon juice
1/2 oz. sugar syrup
1/2 oz. cherry brandy
dash Benedictine liquor
2 oz. gin
fill with soda

This is one of those cocktails with a mixed history. Sources don't agree on an exact recipe, so I am posting the one I enjoy the most: Pour all the ingredients above in a long-drink glass and garnish it with a cherry.


Tom Collins

ice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. sugar syrup
2 oz. gin
fill with soda

The Collins family of cocktails is a classic you can easily make at home pouring all the above-mentioned ingredients in a long-drink glass. Add a slice of lemon and a stirrer to garnish.


White lady

ice
1/2 oz. lemon juice
2 oz. gin
1/2 oz. curaçao triple sec
1/2 oz. sugar syrup

I don't know exactly how it happens, but this cocktail is called white lady because it really turns white after you mix it. Try it yourself, mix all the ingredients in a shaker and next serve, without ice, in a flute glass. The usual garnish is a maraschino cherry in the bottom of the glass and a piece of lemon on the rim.


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