14 gin cocktails you can make at homeJune 11, 2021
Since life doesn’t always give you time to get a mixologist it’s nice to have a cocktail that you can easily throw together.
Once considered boring and old-fashioned, Gin is today one of the most popular spirits. It is hard to say exactly what caused the resurgence of this drink formerly used as a medication to cure malaria but one thing is for sure: gin is clearly here to stay. To make sure you are not baffled by the array of cocktail options the next time you walk into a bar, here are 14 gin cocktails to try at home.
Gin cocktails to make at home
The Hanky-Panky is the brainchild of Ada Coleman who began her career as one of London’s first female bartenders at the Savoy Hotel in 1903. She eventually became the head bartender and crafted cocktails for the likes of Mark Twain, the Prince of Wales, Prince Wilhelm of Sweden, and Sir Charles Hawtrey who was the recipient of the first-ever Hanky Panky. Coleman told the story behind the creation of the Hanky-Panky to an English newspaper in 1925. In Coleman’s account she said, “He sipped it, and, draining the glass, he said, ‘By Jove! That is the real hanky-panky!’”, giving it the rather risque name. (It’s worth clarifying that, back then, “hanky panky” meant trickery or magic.
45ml Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin
45ml Sweet Vermouth
7.5ml Fernet Branca
Stir over ice in a mixing glass till very cold. Strain into a coupette/martini glass. Garnish with orange zest.
A Negroni is an aperitif that has gained worldwide popularity as a drink to stimulate your appetite before a meal. The most widely reported version of this drink’s origin is that it was born at Cafe Casoni in Florence, Italy in the early 1900s. Legend has it that Count Camillo Negroni asked Forsco Scarselli, the bartender at the cafe to strengthen his favourite cocktail – the Americano – by replacing the soda water with gin. After the success of the cocktail, the Negroni family founded Negroni Distillerie in Treviso, Italy, and produced a ready-made version of the drink, sold as Antico Negroni 1919.
30ml Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin
30ml Italian Bitter
30ml Sweet Vermouth
Stir all ingredients over ice, strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with an orange slice.
The Bramble was created in London, in 1984, by Dick Bradsell, while he worked at a bar in Soho called Fred’s Club. He was motivated by the desire to create a British cocktail. His childhood memories of going blackberrying on the Isle of Wight served as his inspiration for the flavours of the Bramble.
45ml Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin |
25ml Lemon juice
15ml Sugar syrup
7.5ml Crème de Mûre/Cassis
Build Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin, Lemon, and sugar in a rocks glass, add crushed ice. Mix well and crown again with crushed ice. Float creme de mure. Garnish with blackberries on a toothpick.
The Gin Sonic (soda + tonic = “sonic”) has been popular in Japan for years, however much like anime and sushi, its presence in Western markets is more recent. In fact, it found its way into the United States as late as 2010. Today, through the popularisation of Japanese Gin brands, bartenders around the world are making the light, refreshing cocktail in their bars. At its core, the Gin Sonic is a healthier version of the Gin & Tonic. The use of 50/50 soda and tonic reduces the sugar content and some of the quinine’s inherent bitterness but also allows for the botanical flavours, which are even more prominent in Japanese gin, to pop.
30 ml Roku Gin
60 ml Tonic water
60 ml Soda water
Add ice to a highball glass and stir to chill the glass. Add Roku Gin and stir to chill and top with tonic and garnish with lime to finish.
This drink recipe was created in 19th century England by a man named Jim Collins. The name “Tom” reportedly came from a gin named “Old Tom Gin” which was used in this beverage. This fresh fruity cocktail is perfect for summer parties and makes a great aperitif. It can be paired with the perfect appetizers like the rich, cheesy sausage appetizers to cut through the fresh lemon juice and the strong gin flavor.
50ml Beefeater Dry
20ml Honey syrup
25ml Fresh Pineapple juice
20ml Lemon juice
3 mint leaves
Add beefeater honey syrup, lemon and pineapple juice, and mint into a shaker. Shake and strain into a glass. Top with soda and stir to combine. Garnish with lemon wheel and mint and serve it in a highball.
This eye-catching fresh and zesty drink gets its life from the addition of cucumber, lime, and basil to the mixer. Cucumber is a classic companion for gin, while the pepperiness of the basil pairs well with the gin’s botanicals and perfectly compliments the black pepper on the rim. Both ingredients give the drink its aesthetically pleasing green colour and the salt on the rim brings out the freshness of the ingredients.
35ml Beefeater Dry
45g Fresh cucumber
20ml fresh lime juice
Large basil leaves
15ml honey syrup
100g crushed ice
Blend all of the ingredients (excluding gin) together, pass through a sieve and skim.
Pour into an airtight bottle and store in the fridge. Serve in presentation bottle with punch cup filled with chipped ice, garnish with salt and pepper ½ rim, basil leaf, and a measure of Beefeater dry
The Daiquiri lived in relative obscurity until the 1930s when writers Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald popularised it. A gin marmalade is actually a pre-Prohibition cocktail that uses orange marmalade to bring out the citrus notes in gin. How the drink came to be inextricably linked to its frozen variation is a story, which begins with Constante Ribalaigua of El Floridita bar in Havana. He occasionally served the Daiquiri like a frappé on a bed of finely shaved ice, a style that would gain some traction across the country. . The drink gets its name from Daiquiri which is a beach and an iron mine near Santiago in Cuba.
50ml Beefeater Dry
1 bar spoon orange marmalade
25ml lime juice
20ml agave syrup
Add Beefeater gin, marmalade, lime juice, and agave, and ice and shake until chilled. Fine strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
kombucha’s recently popularised health benefits, the Kombucha, bubbly, effervescent beverage has become the fan-favorite for fitness and wellness lovers. The probiotic-packed drink offers up a unique flavour profile—sparkly, tangy, and tart. When added to cocktails, the fermented beverage adds spunk, acid, and airiness. When working with the ingredient, it is recommended to look for acidity and sweetness to balance the tartiness.
35ml Beefeater Dry
10ml dry Vermouth/ Lillet Blanc
50ml cloudy apple
15ml agave syrup
Shake all ingredients except kombucha in a shaker with ice. Double strain into a chilled Collins/ highball glass filled with ice. Top with kombucha and garnish with a dehydrated apple slice.
Matcha Piña Colada
Piña Coladas are super fun drinks both in taste and for Instagram. With the growing popularity of matcha lattes, it was a matter of time before they made their way into our favourite cocktails. Matcha powder is an all-natural ingredient that comes from green tea. This delicious matcha piña colada makes a perfect poolside drink and is a perfect way to stay cool this summer while taking good care of that hard-earned summer body!
50ml Beefeater Dry 0r 24
Bar spoon matcha tea
30ml fresh pineapple juice
10ml fresh lemon juice
50ml coconut milk
40ml soda water
Blend all ingredients together except for soda water until smooth. Pour soda water into a highball glass, add the blended mixture and add a dust of matcha.
Inspired by the English orchards in winter, this cocktail combines star anise and cinnamon to give a warm, homely, holiday feeling. While the name might conjure an image of a fruity mojito, one look at it will convince you otherwise. The spicy undertones of cinnamon cut through the sweetness of the apple juice. The cloves and bitters add a layer of richness and complexity which are nothing short of a treat for your palette. This drink is perfect for a holiday dinner or to curl up with a blanket and enjoy a good book.
50ml Beefeater Pink
200 ml apple juice
15 ml of syrup
2 drops of orange bitters
1 cinnamon stick
Add all the ingredients (except the cinnamon stick) to a saucepan and cook over low heat for about 15-20 minutes. Let cool and then strain. Serve in a Beefeater cup and add the cinnamon stick.
Con Aranica Gin Tonic
Inspired to compliment the culinary mastery of Italian food, the Con Aranica is the perfect aprivito. While the concept of using alcohol to prime your stomach probably cannot be traced backed effectively, the concept of the modern apéritif is attributed to the distiller Antonio Benedetto Carpano, who is also credited with distilling one of the first types of vermouth in Turin in 1786.
50ml Malfy Gin Con Arancia
150ml Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic
5ml Italian bitter aperitif
Green olive & orange wheel
Build the ingredients in a glass over cubed ice and gently stir to combine. Finish it off with a garnish of an orange wheel and green olive.
Ki No Bi Ginger
For those who have a particular liking for all things bitter, this will be an instant favourite. However, for others, the gin is best mixed with sweeter elements like ginger ale or sweet sake in the recipe below.
30ml KI NO BI Kyoto Dry Gin
90ml Fever-Tree Ginger Ale
5ml Mirin (sweet Japanese sake syrup)
Put all ingredients except mirin into a glass. Add mirin in a circular motion at the end. Do not stir. If you can’t find mirin, Marsala works equally well.
Gin & Jamun
The “jamunntini” is a great fruity seasonal cocktail with a desi twist. With its regal purple body, this sweet, sour acerbic fruit makes for a perfect summer cocktail. Not only is the drink eye-catching but it also carries all the health benefits of the Jamun. In case you were planning on having a cocktail party, this drink pairs beautifully with seafood.
45ml Tanqueray London Dry
45ml Jamun Juice
20ml Lime juice
20ml Sugar syrup
Pinch of chaat masala
Black salt to taste
Take a highball glass add all the ingredients and ice into the glass add soda and stir garnish with fresh Jamun
Cucumber & Mint Cooler
This simple classic cocktail never fails to disappoint. The flexibility of the drink, to suit individual tastes, contributes to its evergreen status. Add a hint of sugar if you have a sweet tooth, or spice it up with some chaat masala for an Indian twist. Perfect for any occasion, this low-calorie cocktail is a must-try.
45 ml Tanqueray London Dry
100 ml Cucumber tonic
3 Cucumber slices
4 Mint leaves
Take a highball/Copa glass, add all the ingredients, add ice and stir garnish with fresh mint spring.