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35 Gin Cocktail Recipes That Are Anything But Basic

Gin is meant for so much more than gin and tonic.

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Bored of always drinking the same old gin and tonic? Same. For too long, gin has been reduced to that simple, two-ingredient cocktail. But with so many different possible flavor profiles, gin is one of the most complex and interesting cocktail bases. Check out our 35 easy-to-master gin cocktail recipes to impress your friends at your next party.

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1 Verde Gimlet
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Ingredients:

1 part Ancho Reyes Verde

1 part Hendrick's Gin

1 part Lime

½ part Rich Simple Syrup (2:1 Sugar: Water)

Slice of Cucumber

Directions:

Add all ingredients to shaker, add ice, and shake hard to chill and dilute. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a cocktail coupe, then garnish with a cucumber wheel.

Courtesy of Hendrick's Gin

2 The Tommyrotter Martinez
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Tommyrotter Distillery

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. Tommyrotter Cask Strength Bourbon-Barrel Gin

1 ½ oz. Sweet Vermouth (Carpano Antica Formula preferred)

¼ oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur-2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters

Directions:

Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Courtesy of Tommyrotter Distillery

3 Brooklyn Garden
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1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

1 ½ oz Hendrick's Gin

½ oz. St. Germain

¼ oz. Agave Nectar

½ oz. Fresh Lime

2 ½ oz. Spinach/kale/coconut H2O/celery/ginger

Directions:

Add all ingredients into a shaker and give a medium strength shake for about 5 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with a cucumber sliced on the bias.

Served at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

4 Van Brunt Gimlet
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Ingredients:

2 oz. Plymouth Gin

1 oz. Lime Juice

0.75 oz. Pomegranate Grenadine

Spray of Rose Water

Lime Wheel, for garnish

Directions:

Combine ingredients, shake, and strain into a coupe glass.

Served at The Dorsey at the Venetian

5 Spanish-Style Spring G&T
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Ingredients:

1.5 parts Hendrick's Gin

4 parts Q Tonic or Q Indian Tonic

Seasonal Garnishes (we used peeled rhubarb, strawberry and basil)

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a copa or burgundy-style red wine glass. Stir to combine and garnish freely.

Courtesy of Hendrick's Gin

6 Infused Cucumber G&T
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Ingredients:

1.5 Hendrick's Gin

4 parts Q Tonic

3 Cucumber Ribbons, per drink

Directions:

Lay cucumber ribbons against the inside of a tall Collins glass end to end from bottom to top. Carefully add cube ice. Top with gin and tonic and garnish with lime.

Courtesy of Hendrick's Gin

7 Green Which
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Greenhook Gin

Ingredients:

2 oz. Greenhook Ginsmith Gin

¼ oz. Strega Liquore

¾ oz. Giffard Pamplemousse

¾ oz. Lime Juice

Absinthe

Rosemary sprig

Directions:

Shake Gin, Strega, Pamplemousse and Lime Juice.Place rosemary in highball glass. Use atomizer to spritz rosemary with absinthe. Light rosemary on fire to quickly toast. Add ice to glass and pour contents from shaker over ice. Top with splash of club soda.

Courtesy of Greenhook Gin at Due West Restaurant in NYC

8 Gin Mare
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Ingredients:

1 oz. Gin Mare

Bui Tonic Water

Directions:

Add Bui Tonic water to Gin Mare, then garnish with orange and lemon slices, plus rosemary.

Courtesy of Fairmont Mayakoba

9 Gin-Fitzey
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Ingredients:

1.5 oz. GinSimple Syrup

½ Lime (sliced into 3 wedges)

Splash of Lemon Lime Sparking Ice

Lime, for garnish

Directions:

Add gin, simple syrup, and lime wedges to shaker. Muddle. Add ice. Shake and strain into highball glass. Add a splash of Lemon Lime Sparkling Ice. Garnish with lime twist.

Courtesy of Sparkling Ice

10 Strawberry Rhubarb G&T
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Ingredients:

1.5 parts Hendrick's Gin

3 parts Q Tonic

1.5 parts Strawberry Rhubarb Simple Syrup*

Fresh Strawberries and Basil, for garnish

Directions:

Add gin and simple syrup to a glass, add ice, top with Q Tonic, and garnish with strawberries and basil.

*Add 1 cup each of chopped fresh rhubarb and strawberries, 3/4 cup raw cane sugar, and 1 cup water to a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer 10 minutes until fruit breaks down. Strain through a chinois and chill.

Courtesy of Hendrick's Gin

11 Blood Orange Mule
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Viktoria Kondysenko/Distillery 209

Ingredients:

2 oz. No. 209 Gin

½ oz. Lime Juice

¼ oz. Royal Ginger Lime Simple Syrup

3 oz. Bette Jane’s Blood Orange Ginger Beer Garnish

Rosemary Sprig

Directions:

Shake ingredients minus ginger beer over ice. Strain over ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with Rosemary

Courtesy of Distillery 209

12 The Rickey Reynolds
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Aviation Gin

Ingredients:

2 ½ oz. Aviation American Gin

¾ oz. Freshly pressed lime juice

1 tsp. Simple syrup

Soda water

Directions:

In a collins glass, add ice, spirits & mixers. Top with soda water. Stir Garnish with a lime wedge.

Courtesy of Aviation Gin

13 Rosa Is Red
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Ingredients:

5 oz. Rosa Regale1 oz. London Dry Gin

3/4 oz. Lemon Juice

3/4 oz. Lavender Simple Syrup*

1/2 oz. Blood Orange Juice1 Strawberry, sliced

Orange Peel, for garnish

Directions:

Combine gin, lemon, blood orange, and lavender simple syrup into shaking tin and fill half way with ice. Shake for 3 seconds and strain into a wine glass with ice and top with sparkling rose. Drop strawberries into glass and garnish with orange peel.

*Bring one cup water to a boil with 1 Tblsp. lavender sprigs. Add 1 cup of sugar and stir until dissolved. Take off heat and let cool. Strain out lavender and refrigerate up to one week.

Courtesy of Rosa Regale

14 Muses
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Ingredients:

1 1/2 oz. Hayman's 1850 Reserve Gin

3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon

1/2 oz. Chamomile Infused Honey Syrup

Champagne Foam (made with Veuve Cliquot Yellow Label, yellow chartreuse, raspberry, mint, agave nectar, and lemon juice)

Directions:

Combine ingredients, shake, and strain into a champagne glass.

Served at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

15 Pink Martini
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Bloom Gin

Ingredients:

1 ¼ oz BLOOM Jasmine & Rose Gin

¾ oz Chamberyzette Strawberry Aperitif0

½ oz olin Blanco

Directions:

Served straight up and garnish with a single rose petal

Courtesy of Bloom Gin

16 American Werewolf
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St. George's Gin

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. St. George Terroir Gin

1 oz. Bruto Americano

¾ oz. Sweet vermouth

Directions:

Stir all ingredients with ice to chill, then strain into a rocks glass and serve over ice. Garnish with fresh rosemary.

Courtesy of St. George's Spirits

17 The Secret Garden
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Botanist Gin

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. The Botanist Gin

¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

¾ oz. Elderflower Liqueur

1 ½ oz. Sparkling Rosé

Directions:

Add The Botanist Gin, Fresh Lemon Juice and Elderflower Liqueur to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake. Strain into a Flute Glass. Top with Sparkling Rosé. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Courtesy of The Botanist Gin

18 Lavender Honey Fizz
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The Botanist Gin

Ingredients:

½ oz. The Botanist Gin

¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

¾ oz. White Wine Aperitif

½ oz. Honey Water (1:1 honey to water)

4 Dashes of Rosemary Bitters

1 ½ oz. Soda Water

1-2 Sprigs of Fresh Lavender

Directions:

Add The Botanist Gin, Lemon Juice, White Wine Aperitif, Honey and Bitters to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake. Strain over ice into a Rocks Glass and top with Soda Water. Garnish with lavender.

Courtesy of The Botanist Gin

19 Clover Club
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Tattersall Distilling

Ingredients:

1 Egg white

2 ½ oz. Tattersall Gin

¾ oz. Lemon Juice

¾ oz. Raspberry Syrup

2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and dry shake for 10 seconds.Add ice and shake vigorously until well chilled. Strain into a coup glass.Top with 2 dashes of aromatic bitters. Garnish with a brandied cherry.

Courtesy of Tattersall Distilling.

20 Cool Hand
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Forthave Spirits

Ingredients:

5 (1/2 inch) cucumber, cut into chunks

1 ½ oz. Forthave Blue Gin

¾ oz. Lemoncello

¼ oz. Fresh Lemon juice

¼ oz. Genepy liquor

Directions:

Muddle cucumber then shake with ice. Double strain into chilled coupe and garnish with shaved cucumber.

Courtesy of Forthave Spirits

21 Bloodhound
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OOLA Distillery

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. OOLA Gin⠀⠀⠀⠀.

¾ oz. Sweet vermouth⠀⠀⠀⠀

¾ oz. Dry vermouth ⠀⠀⠀

2-3 Strawberries (crushed) ⠀

Directions:

Shake all ingredients over ice and fine strain into a cocktail glass.

Courtesy of Oola Distillery ⠀⠀⠀

22 Riviera Rose
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Hendrick's Gin

Ingredients:

2 Parts Hendrick’s Gin

1 Part Giffard Pamplemousse

½ Part apricot liqueur1 part fresh lime juice

½ Part egg white

Directions:

Combine ingredients and shake with ice, then shake without ice. Strain into a coupe and garnish with a rose petal

Courtesy of Hendrick's Gin

23 7 Ways to Sunday
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Freeland Spirits

Ingredients:

¾ 0z. Freeland Gin

¾ 0z. fresh lemon juice

½ oz. Cointreau

3 Tsp. strawberry preserves or jam

2 Dashes Peychaud’s bitters

1 0z. soda water

Directions:

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Top with soda water.

Courtesy of Freeland Spirits, Portland’s first independent, women-led craft distillery.

24 Romantic Devotion
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Hendrick's Gin

Ingredients:

1 Part Hendrick’s Orbium Gin

¼ Part cassis liqueur

½ Part basil syrup

Directions:

Stir and serve in a champagne flute. Top with dry Champagne. Nepitella mint with bloom to garnish.

Courtesy of Hendrick’s Gin

25 Hanky Panky
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Bloom Gin

Ingredients:

1 oz. BLOOM Jasmine & Rose Gin

1 oz. Cocchi Rosa

Spray of Branca Menta

Orange Twist

Directions:

Served straight up

Courtesy of Bloom Gin

26 NOLET’S Silver Lavender G&T
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Nolet's

Ingredients:

1 ¼ oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin

¼ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

    ¼ oz. Simple Syrup2

    Fresh Lavender Sprigs

    Tonic Water

    Directions:
    Add all ingredients, except tonic water to mixing glass with ice. Shake well and strain into a Burgundy glass over fresh ice. Top with tonic water. Garnish with fresh lavender sprigs.

    Courtesy of Nolet’s Gin

    27 Islay Breeze
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    Alfredo Caliz/The Botanist Gin

    Ingredients:

    2 oz. The Botanist Gin

    ½ oz. Cointreau

    ¾ oz. Fresh lime juice

    ¼ oz. Simple Syrup

    1 Bar spoon Simple Syrup

    3 oz. Tonic

    1 Sprig Fresh Mint

    Directions:

    Combine all ingredients in a shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass, filled with ice. Top with tonic and garnish with mint sprig.

    Courtesy of The Botanist Gin

    28 The Sage
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    Health Aide Kombucha

    Ingredients:

    3 Sage Leaves, plus one for garnish

    ½ 0z. Simple Syrup

    1 oz. Lemon Juice

    ½ 0z. Aperol

    5oz Premium Gin

    2 ½ 0z. Pomegranate Health-Ade Kombucha

    Directions:

    Pour gin, aperol, lemon juice, simple syrup, and three sage leaves into shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into coup glass. Top with 2.5oz Pomegranate Health-Ade Kombucha and garnish with sage leaf.

    Courtesy of Health-Ade Kombucha

    29 The Bailey
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    Oola Distillery

    Ingredients:

    1 1/2 oz. OOLA Gin

    ½ oz. Lime juice

    1/2 oz. Grapefruit juice

    1 Teaspoon Simple syrup

    2 Sprigs Mint

    Directions:

    Tear mint and place in cocktail shaker. Add Gin and let stand for a minute. Add juices and simple syrup and shake with ice.

    Courtesy of Oola Distillery

    30 Terroir Martini
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    St. George's Gin

    Ingredients:

    2 oz. St. George Terroir Gin

    1 oz. dry vermouth

    2 Dashes orange bitters

    Directions:

    Stir all ingredients with ice a mixing glass, then strain into a chilled coupe. Float a sage leaf on top to garnish.

    Courtesy of St. George's Spirits

    31 The Aviation Cocktail
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    Aviation Gin

    Ingredients:

    1 ½ oz. Aviation American Gin

    1 Tsp Crème De Violette

    ½ oz. Maraschino Liqueur

    ¾ oz. Freshly pressed lemon juice

    ¼ oz. Simple syrup

    Directions:

    In a pint glass, add spirits & mixers. Fill with ice & shake vigorously. Fine strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry on a pick.

    Courtesy of Aviation Gin

    32 The Southside Cocktail
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    Tattersall Distilling

    Ingredients:

    2 ½ oz. Tatersall Gin

    ¾ oz. Lime Juice

    ¾ oz. Simple Syrup

    5-7 Mint Leaves

    3 Dashes Habenero Bitters

    Directions:

    Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until well chilled.Strain into a coupe glass . Garnish with a mint leaf.

    Courtesy of Tattersall Distilling

    33 My Fair Lady ‘93
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    FEW Spirits

    Ingredients:

    1 oz. FEW Breakfast Gin

    3 Dashes bitters (lavender, if available)

    ½ oz. fresh lemon juice

    ½ oz. simple syrup Sparkling wine

    Directions:

    Build in a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine. Add a dash of orange juice for color and garnish with a fresh strawberry.

    Courtesy of FEW Spirits

    34 The Tommyrotter Negroni
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    Tommyrotter

    Ingredients:

    Rinse rocks glass with Fernet Branca

    1 0z. Tommyrotter American Gin

    1 0z. Campari.-1 oz. Sweet Vermouth (Carpano Antica Formula preferred)

    Directions:

    Stir gin, Campari and vermouth with ice. Strain over Fernet rinsed rocks glass with large cube. Garnish with orange peel.

    Courtesy of Tommyrotter Distillery

    35 Gin Mary
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    Distillery 209

    Ingredients:

    2 0z. No. 209 Gin

    1 tsp. Old Bay Seasoning

    1 tsp. Dried Dill

    1 tsp. Ground White Pepper

    1 tsp. Celery Salt

    2 Dashes Worcestershire Sauce

    2 Dashes Tobasco sauce .25 oz Olive Brine

    1 tsp. Horseradish

    4 oz. Tomato Juice

    Directions:

    Shake all ingredients over ice and then pour into a pint glass. Garnish with celery stalk, bacon, lemon wedge and green bean.

    Courtesy of Distillery 209

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