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.

1. Verde Gimlet

Hendrick's Gin

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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


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 

Tommyrotter Distillery

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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


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

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

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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


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

The Dorsey at the Venetian

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2 oz. Plymouth Gin

1 oz. Lime Juice

0.75 oz. Pomegranate Grenadine

Spray of Rose Water

Lime Wheel, for garnish


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

Served at The Dorsey at the Venetian

5. Spanish-Style Spring G&T

Hendrick's Gin

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1.5 parts Hendrick's Gin

4 parts Q Tonic or Q Indian Tonic

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


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

Courtesy of Hendrick's Gin

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1.5 Hendrick's Gin

4 parts Q Tonic

3 Cucumber Ribbons, per drink


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 Witch 

Courtesy of Greenhook Gin

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2 oz. Greenhook Ginsmith Gin

¼ oz. Strega Liquore

¾ oz. Giffard Pamplemousse

¾ oz. Lime Juice


Rosemary sprig


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

Courtesy of Fairmont Mayakoba

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1 oz. Gin Mare

Bui Tonic Water


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

Courtesy of Fairmont Mayakoba

9. Gin-Fitzey

Courtesy of Sparkling Ice

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1.5 oz. GinSimple Syrup

½ Lime (sliced into 3 wedges)

Splash of Lemon Lime Sparking Ice

Lime, for garnish


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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1.5 parts Hendrick's Gin

3 parts Q Tonic

1.5 parts Strawberry Rhubarb Simple Syrup*

Fresh Strawberries and Basil, for garnish


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 

Courtesy of Distillery 209

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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


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 

Courtesy of Aviation Gin

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2 ½ oz. Aviation American Gin

¾ oz. Freshly pressed lime juice

1 tsp. Simple syrup

Soda water


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

Courtesy of Rosa Regale

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5 oz. Rosa Regale

1 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


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

The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

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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)


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

Served at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort

15. Pink Martini  

Courtesy of Bloom Gin

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1 ¼ oz BLOOM Jasmine & Rose Gin

¾ oz Chamberyzette Strawberry Aperitif0

½ oz olin Blanco


Served straight up and garnish with a single rose petal

Courtesy of Bloom Gin 

16. American Werewolf 

Courtesy of St. George's Spirits

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1 ½ oz. St. George Terroir Gin

1 oz. Bruto Americano

¾ oz. Sweet vermouth


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  


1 ½ oz. The Botanist Gin

¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

¾ oz. Elderflower Liqueur

1 ½ oz. Sparkling Rosé


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 1

18. Lavender Honey Fizz

Courtesy of The Botanist Gin

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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


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

Courtesy of Tattersall Distilling.

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1 Egg white

2 ½ oz. Tattersall Gin

¾ oz. Lemon Juice

¾ oz. Raspberry Syrup

2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters


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 

Courtesy of Forthave Spirits

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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


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

Courtesy of Forthave Spirits

21. Bloodhound 

Courtesy of Oola Distillery

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1 ½ oz. OOLA Gin⠀⠀⠀⠀.

¾ oz. Sweet vermouth⠀⠀⠀⠀

¾ oz. Dry vermouth ⠀⠀⠀

2-3 Strawberries (crushed) ⠀


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

Courtesy of Oola Distillery 

22.  Riviera Rose

Courtesy of Hendrick's Gin

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2 Parts Hendrick’s Gin

1 Part Giffard Pamplemousse

½ Part apricot liqueur1 part fresh lime juice

½ Part egg white


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 

Courtesy of Freeland Spirits

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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


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 

Courtesy of Hendrick’s Gin

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1 Part Hendrick’s Orbium Gin

¼ Part cassis liqueur

½ Part basil syrup


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

Courtesy of Bloom Gin

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1 oz. BLOOM Jasmine & Rose Gin

1 oz. Cocchi Rosa

Spray of Branca Menta

Orange Twist


Served straight up

Courtesy of Bloom Gin

26. NOLET’S Silver Lavender G&T

Courtesy of Nolet’s Gin

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1 ¼ oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin

¼ oz. Fresh Lime Juice

¼ oz. Simple Syrup2

Fresh Lavender Sprigs

Tonic Water

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 

Courtesy of The Botanist Gin

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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


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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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


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

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