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Top 10 Gin Cocktails

Top 10 Gin Cocktails

“Yeah, all come to my place next month for a Gin cocktail night”

It all seemed like such a great idea at the time… It’s now a week before the big day and it occurred to me that I could in fact kill two birds with one stone.

Not only will I do some quick panic research of the top 10 Gin Cocktails so I know how the heck to make them (and appear slightly knowledgeable regarding all things Gin), I can also turn this into the post you are about to enjoy.

Quick Cocktail Overview

Before we get into the nitty gritty, here is a quick overview of the top 10 Gin Cocktails that will have your guests leaving very happy, and maybe a just little tiddly!


  • Tom Collins
  • French 75
  • Aviation
  • Gin Gimlet
  • Gin Martini
  • Clover Club
  • Classic Gin Fizz
  • Negroni
  • Southside
  • Perfect G&T

Top 10 Gin Cocktails

OK, queue the fanfare! These wonderful Gin Cocktails are in no particular order of preference, however you may be interested to know I have added a super secret bonus cocktail at the end as it’s on of my favourites.

I have even included a YouTube video tutorial for each individual cocktail for your viewing pleasure, yes I am spoiling you!


1. Tom Collins

One of the most iconic Gin cocktails of all time. A classic zesty affair that is rather pleasingly super simple to make.

Video Guide

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Ingredients

  • 50ml gin
  • 25ml lemon juice, freshly squeeze
  • 25ml simple syrup **
  • Soda water
  • Garnish with a lemon slice and a maraschino cherry

Method

  1. Add ice, gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup to your shaker.
  2. Shake until well chilled.
  3. Strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice
  4. Top up with soda water
  5. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a maraschino cherry

**Simple Syrup – slowly heat 2 parts of sugar to 1 part water until the sugar dissolves then allow to cool. Keep in the fridge for up to a month!

2. French 75

The French 75 is a delicate and refreshing cocktail (with a kick!) which apparently gets it’s name from the 75mm guns used in World War I. It’s a delight to drink and Champagne is often replaced with Prosecco however lets keep to the original recipe!

Video Guide

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Ingredients

  • 50ml gin
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 15ml simple syrup **
  • Champagne

Method

  1. Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  2. Shake for about 5 – 10 seconds.
  3. Strain into a champagne flute and top with chilled Champagne.

**Simple Syru**Simple Syrup – slowly heat 2 parts of sugar to 1 part water until the sugar dissolves then allow to cool. Keep in the fridge for up to a month!

3. Aviation

Certainly more of a sipping cocktail, and boy what a looker it is thanks to the crème de violette giving off that beautiful blue hue, just like a perfect summer sky and hence the name.

Video Guide

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Ingredients

  • 50ml Aviation Gin
  • 15ml Maraschino liqueur
  • 10ml Crème de violette
  • 25ml Fresh lemon juice

Method

  1. Add ingredients to a shaker
  2. Add ice and shake for 10 seconds
  3. Strain into chilled martini style cocktail glass
  4. Serve with a brandied cherry.

4. Gin Gimlet

Sweet and zesty all at the same time! The Gin Gimlet is a classic cocktail that will still be around when we are pushing up daises.

Video Guide

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Ingredients

  • 50ml Gin
  • 25ml fresh lime juice
  • 25ml Simple Syrup **
  • Garnish – lime wedge

Method

  1. Shake ingredients together with ice.
  2. Pour into a coupe glass.
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge.

**Simple Syrup – slowly heat 2 parts of sugar to 1 part water until the sugar dissolves then allow to cool. Keep in the fridge for up to a month!

5. Gin Martini

list of Surely one of the most famous Gin cocktails on the planet! And no Top 10 Gin Cocktails would be complete without it. Just goes to show that style is never out of vogue. I tend to add a splash of soda water just to take the edge off if I am having a few!

Video Guide

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Ingredients

  • 50ml Gin
  • 25ml Dry Vermouth
  • Lemon peel & olive to garnish

Method

  1. Add all the ingredients to a tall glass and stir.
  2. Strain into a Martini glass.
  3. Garnish with lemon peel, add an olive if desired.

6. Clover Club

A dry and fruity tipple sure to please any palate. The Clover Club is a cocktail that has been around even before the prohibition. The cocktail was named after a drinking club that dates back to the late 1800’s

Video Guide

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Ingredients

  • 50ml Gin
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 15ml raspberry syrup
  • 15ml Martini Extra Dry Vermouth
  • 15g egg white

Method

Shake all the ingredients with ice then strain into a separate mixing glass or shaker and shake again with no ice. This ‘dry shake’ has the effect of whipping air into the cocktail.

Strain into a chilled coupe glass and drink it quickly. You can leave the egg white out if you prefer, but it adds a lovely sherbet effect to the palate.

7. Classic Gin Fizz

No matter what gin you choose, this zesty cocktail is sure to be a popular choice at any party (well it was at my most recent event!).

Video Guide

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Ingredients

  • 50ml Gin
  • 20 ml freshly squeezed lemon
  • 20 ml of simple syrup **
  • 20 ml of egg white
  • 50ml soda water

Method

  • Place the ingredients (but not the soda water) into a shaker and shake (without ice) for about 5 seconds.
  • Add a few ice cubes and shake for a further 10 – 20 seconds
  • Strain into a rocks glass already containing the soda water
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge

**Simple Syrup – slowly heat 2 parts of sugar to 1 part water until the sugar dissolves then allow to cool. Keep in the fridge for up to a month!

8. Negroni

A classic Italian pre dinner drink thought to get your appetite started, more like get a hangover started early! Watch yourself with this one. Check out my full review of this beauty with my Best Negroi Review

Video Guide

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Ingredients

  • 25ml gin
  • 25ml sweet vermouth
  • 25ml Campari
  • 1 orange

Method

  1. Pour the gin, sweet vermouth and Campari into a ‘rocks glass’ filled with ice.
  2. Stir
  3. Finally add a twist of orange peel

9. Southside

I have always been a lover of the classic Rum Mojito, and here we have a delightful Gin Mojito for your drinking pleasure. This also went down a treat, just make sure you use fresh lime juice!

Video Guide

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Ingredients

  • 50ml premium Gin
  • 20ml fresh lime juice
  • 15ml simple syrup **
  • Fresh mint leaves (5 or 6)
  • Crushed ice

Method

  1. Pop the gin, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and the mint leaves into your shaker then get your arms moving.
  2. Strain into a Martini glass (no ice) or my preference, a ‘rocks glass’ (with crushed ice)
  3. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf or two.

**Simple Syrup – slowly heat 2 parts of sugar to 1 part water until the sugar dissolves then allow to cool. Keep in the fridge for up to a month!

10. The Perfect G&T

Last but not least, the most simple but the Big Daddy of all Gin Cocktails. The classic Gin and Tonic.

Video Guide

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Ingredients

  • 50ml Gin
  • 150ml Indian Tonic Water
  • Ice
  • Garnish with a squeezed wedge of lime

Method

  1. First add the ice into the balloon glass and stir to chill the glass
  2. Drain off any excess liquid
  3. Add the Gin
  4. Top up with Indian Tonic Water
  5. Squeeze a wedge of lime into the glass
  6. Garnish with the lime wedge.

Geek Secret Bonus Cocktail!

OK, only me, you and the rest of the English speaking work on the Internet have been let inti this secret bonus cocktail. Oh and anyone with Google translate. But hey, don’t feel you are less special now!

Raspberry Gin Fizz

Smooth, bubbly, and very, very cheeky indeed. Opt for Chambord, not some cheap dodgy Raspberry Liqueur like I did last time and it was awful. Really does make all the difference.

Video Guide

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Ingredients

  • 25ml Gin
  • 15ml Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
  • 150ml Prosecco
  • Garnish with a Fresh raspberry

Method

  1. Add the Gin and Raspberry Liqueur to a champagne flute
  2. Top up with Processo
  3. Gently stir
  4. Garnish with a Fresh raspberry

Evening Checklist

Planning a Gin Cocktail evening?

Make sure you have:

  1. Gin!
  2. The ingredients for the cocktail(s) you wish to make including garnish
  3. A cocktail shaker set with strainer
  4. A selection of nice glasses
  5. Plenty of ice
  6. Some cocktail drinking guests
  7. The next day off work

Well I hope you enjoyed this Top 10 Gin Cocktails guide, and if you have any you would like to share then please leave a comment below!

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9 Comments

  1. What a surprisingly easy to read article this is! I had no idea there were so many Gin cocktails to make, am sure even I can make some of these, lol.

    • Hello Jafor, my pleasure! Glad you found this post useful, I had a lot of fun writing it as made (and tasted!) each and every cocktail for research purposes 🙂

  2. Wow this is an amazing post have always wanted to prepare some at home.

    I can make my guests feel right at home now! The videos are handy, thanks.

    Could there me a machine out there which could make things faster cause I normally have a lot of guests and not sure how long it would take to make them manually.

    • Haha, now there is a machine worth inventing! Although once you get into the swing of it it’s fun and pretty easy. I was mixing 4 cocktails at a time for my 8 guests and was ready in no time. 

  3. Andrew, thank you for your informative gin research. Have you ever tried a Scottish Flower? Shake with ice: 3 parts Botanist Gin, 1 part St. Germain and 1 part Lillet. Let me know how you like it. Cheers.

    • Hello Henry, thank you for your info on the Scottish Flower. I have never tried this! looks very interesting indeed, especially with the addition of St. Germain (love elderflower!) and Lillet (white wine-based aperitif from Bordeaux). Will try this the next time I am out and will report back.

  4. Andrew, if you like your martinis on the dry side, halve the amount of St Germain and Lillet in the Scottish Flower recipe.

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