Gin is a fascinating liquor to explore. Its botanicals give it a characteristic that no other liquor has; one brand can have a completely different profile from another and it is surprisingly versatile when it comes to flavour profiles. Gin is also the foundation for some of the best drinks ever made, including the iconic Martini.
Though certainly not as numerous as vodka cocktails, there are thousands of great gin cocktails to explore and the list can be quite overwhelming. Here are some of the best.
We will begin with the most obvious of gin cocktails, the Martini. You can call any other beverage in a cocktail glass a “martini,” but there is only one real Martini and it requires gin.
The beauty of the Martini is in its simplicity: gin and dry vermouth mixed in your preferred proportions, best stirred, though shaking is not out of line. It is the cocktail that is the base for countless other drinks, can be made to your exact specifications and is the ultimate experience in fine drinking.
The Gin and Tonic
Reliable is the best word to describe the Gin & Tonic. It is another obvious, two-ingredient drink and it is the foundation for many other gin highballs. This is one that is very difficult to screw up and it is always there when you need it, whether that be at the bar or in your own kitchen.
The other key ingredient: lime. Swipe fresh lime around the rim before giving it a squeeze and dropping it inside.
It is so true that this simple two-ingredient drink is a wonder on hot days and if you’re curious as to how gin and lime work together, this drink is the best way to test it.
This is also one of the few times when you can use an alternative to fresh lime juice. The Gimlet can be made with lime and simple syrup with a homemade lime cordial. The key is that you need some sort of sweetener to offset the tart lime so it does work with your favourite gin.
If you are looking for the ultimate before dinner cocktail, look no further than the Negroni. This popular drink includes gin, sweet vermouth, and Campari, which are each the embodiment of aperitifs and combine for the perfect appetite stimulant.
The Monkey Gland
Gin and orange juice are another fantastic flavour combination and while the drinks listed below are more well-known, the Monkey Gland is far more interesting. It is, in fact, a personal favourite of all gin cocktails.
The Monkey Gland has a funny name, a bizarre inspiration and a little surprise. It all begins rather normally with a mix of gin, orange juice and grenadine. It’s fantastic and you could stop right there and have a wonderful drink.
It is, however, in need of a little absinthe to make it pop, but you have to keep that flavour in check because it will quickly ruin the effect.
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