Beverages

25 Simple & Classic Gin Cocktails

Enjoy this unique botanical liquor in these classic cocktails.

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
Learn more about me
Updated June 6, 2022

Fizzy gin cocktails are the perfect refreshing drink on a summer afternoon.

Gin has a distinct herbal flavor that goes perfect with fresh flavors like citrus and mint. The herbs in gin also aid in digestion, which makes it the perfect pre-dinner drink, or “aperitif”.

Gin is a combination of natural flavors like coriander, juniper berry and angelica root. Some brands of gin even experiment with flavors like lemongrass and lavender. All these fun and interesting flavors lend themselves to some unique cocktail combinations.

Gin cocktail

Everyone’s heard of the Tom Collins or the gimlet, but there are so many other delicious gin cocktails to discover. If you need a new drink to relax with, try one of these gin recipes from our collection.

01. Cucumber Gin Cocktail

Light, fizzy and undeniably refreshing all describe this simple cucumber gin cocktail.

This is the perfect drink for those that prefer dry beverages. A squeeze of lemon, cucumber slices and a handful of crushed ice is all that’s needed. Just a touch of simple syrup is used as a sweetener.

Fill the rest of the glass with soda water and you have a fresh and uncomplicated summer sipper.

02. Gin Daisy Cocktail

Lemonade lovers will enjoy this tangy, citrusy cocktail!

Orange liqueur gives this drink its sweetness and unique orange color. A heavy splash of lemon juice creates the irresistible sweet and sour flavor. If you’re new to gin, this is a great easy-to-drink choice.

If you don’t have orange liqueur, grenadine can be used instead.

03. Raspberry Sloe Gin Fizz

The ruby red color of this cocktail makes it the perfect beverage to sip around the table at the holidays!

Sloe gin is made using sloe berry rather than juniper berry. Sloe berry has notes of plum and raisin, and always reminds me of fruit pie. The addition of crushed raspberries and simple syrup to this drink really make it taste like the winter holidays.

04. Pomegranate Gin Cocktail

Fruity and festive, this holiday cocktail makes a great party punch.

Tangy and sweet pomegranate juice is the basis of this recipe. The flavor is similar to cranberry, which is why it suits the holidays so well. A hint of elderflower liqueur pairs excellently with the herbal notes of gin.

Elderflower liqueur can be hard to find, so you can substitute it with elderflower cordial or elderflower syrup.

05. Tom Collins

A classic gin sour cocktail that’s easy to make, and just as easy to drink.

Gin, fresh lemon juice, soda and simple syrup keep this recipe simple while letting the gin shine. You can use lemon-lime soda if you like it a bit sweeter.

Don’t forget to serve in a Collins glass filled with ice—that’s what gives this drink it’s name!

06. The Classic Aviation Cocktail

An old-fashioned flowery beverage that ushers memories of springtime and garden parties.

Light and flowery creme de violette liqueur is the star of this delicate cocktail. Maraschino liqueur adds a hint of fruitiness to balance the flowery flavor. This pretty purple drink makes a great refreshment for weddings or bridal showers.

07. Classic Negroni

Sip and savor the medley of unique flavors in this classic gin cocktail recipe. This drink is strong, so be warned!

Campari, sweet vermouth and gin are all infused with herbs and give this drink a robust herbal flavor. The vermouth is just sweet enough to make this drink easy to sip. The perfect aperitif, you can serve a Negroni at cocktail hour, or for your next dinner party.

08. Gin Martini

Shaken or stirred, there’s no doubt the gin martini is one of the most popular cocktails out there.

It takes only three ingredients to create this classic: vermouth, gin and orange bitters. The gin doesn’t have much to hide behind, so choose a good quality brand.

The garnish for a martini is important, since it’s part of the flavor profile. A lemon twist or single olive are traditional, but you can get creative and add lime or orange peel.

09. Singapore Sling

Gin makes a delicious vacation drink, and the Singapore Sling is a prime example.

This drink was developed as an easy to drink cocktail for bar-goers in Singapore. A splash of fresh lime juice and cherry liqueur keeps things light and fruity. The addition of Benedictine herbal liqueur pairs perfectly with the gin.

If you prefer sweeter cocktails, try including pineapple juice as well.

10. Monkey Gland

Add some intrigue to your next dinner party with this cocktail of gin and absinthe.

Anise and juniper berries go hand in hand in this complex mix of herbal flavors. A splash of freshly squeezed orange juice brightens everything up. Mix this one in a cocktail shaker, but don’t overdo it or you might dilute the absinthe flavor.

11. Bombay Bramble Gin and Tonic

Serve up this crowd-pleasing berry infused cocktail at your next summer picnic! It’s a great low sugar option that doesn’t skimp on flavor.

Bombay Bramble is a fruity variety of gin flavored with blackberries and raspberries. It already tastes amazing, so all you need to add is a splash of tonic water and club soda. Garnish with extra fruit, and serve with plenty of ice on a hot day.

12. London Dry Gin

Gin purists know that all this spirit needs is a chilled glass, and maybe a squeeze of lemon.

If you’re going to drink gin straight, London dry gin is the way to go. London has a long history of distilling gin, which is why it’s home to the world’s most renowned brands. The strongest flavors in London dry gin are typically juniper, liquorice, angelica and coriander.

13. Sapphire Alpine

Like its color suggests, this cocktail is meant for sipping by a sapphire blue pool on a sweltering day.

The distinct sapphire color comes from blue Curaçao, a sweet citrus flavored liqueur. Once you add the peach snapps, this cocktail feels reminiscent of a kid’s fruit punch. It tastes like the beach in a glass!

This is a great one to make ahead and bring with you—don’t forget the beach towel!

14. Lemon Rosemary Gin Fizz Cocktail

Gin drinks are known for their intense flavors, but this cocktail keeps things light and refreshing.

The flavor of rosemary makes you feel like you’re sipping this cocktail on a cobblestone street in Italy. Bright and tangy lemon is just what you want when you’re drinking in the sun. To make it a proper “fizz”, don’t forget to top it all off with club soda.

15. Bee’s Knees

The distinct sweetness of honey and tart lemon are the perfect pairing for this old-fashioned cocktail.

In the 1930s Prohibition era, high-quality gin was hard to come by. Bartenders decided to use honey to sweeten it up, thus this recipe was born! Lemon juice helps to balance the rich honey, and compliments the gin wonderfully.

For a refreshing twist, try adding pineapple juice and blending this cocktail with ice.

16. The Salty Dog

Tired of margaritas? This citrusy and salty cocktail is bound to be your next tropical favorite.

It’s so simple, there’s only two ingredients: quality gin and freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. Coarse salt on the rim of the glass creates that perfect salty sweet combination. Shake with ice and serve in a chilled glass for ultimate refreshment.

17. The Gin Hound

Complex and sweet, you’ll be sipping this one by the fire after dinner with friends.

Sweet vermouth and gin form the base of this slightly spicy drink. A splash of grapefruit juice rounds out the flavor, and a few drops of lemon add sourness. Serve in a lowball glass with a few large cubes of ice and let this cocktail warm your insides.

Make sure you use sweet, not dry vermouth. Sweet vermouth has herbal notes that compliment gin better.

18. Gin-Gin Mule

Fans of the classic mojito will love this spicy, gingery variation.

Instead of rum, gin is mixed with lime juice and muddled mint. Top it off with spicy and refreshing ginger beer and ice. This New York City special will have you dreaming of nights out in the big apple.

When you’re muddling the mint, make sure you don’t pulverize it or it will get bitter.

19. The Bijou

If you really want to lean into the herbal flavors of gin, the Bijou is your drink.

Vintage vibes abound in this 1800s-era cocktail. The name comes from the color of its ingredients: ruby red vermouth, emerald green chartreuse and diamond gin. Together they produce a spicy and herbal flavor that feels like you’re sipping a cocktail made for royalty!

20. Georgia Gin Cocktail

A good southern cocktail is fruity, refreshing, and probably involves peach schnapps!

The key to this cocktail is its simplicity. Subtle peach flavors from the schnapps pair nicely with the strong herbal gin. Top it off with orange juice, kick back on the porch, and sip this one while the crickets chirp.

Garnish with a slice of orange, or add frozen sliced peaches for more fruity flavor.

21. Gin Rickey

Cool down on a humid summer night with this understated gin and lime cocktail.

Made popular by the famous novel “The Great Gatsby”, this cocktail is simple but elegant. Lime and juniper are a sophisticated combination, and seltzer keeps it fizzy and refreshing. If you’re not into sugary drinks, you’ll be happy to know the gin rickey has no added sweetener.

22. The Bronx

Smoky sweet vermouth and spicy gin will make you feel like you’re sipping this cocktail in an underground jazz club.

Dry and sweet vermouth create a medley of herbal and spicy notes that are warm and inviting. Just a touch of orange juice helps sweeten things up. Serve chilled with a slice of orange for a fun, but sophisticated gin cocktail.

23. Bowie Knife Cocktail

Don’t be alarmed by the name, this pink cocktail is anything but scary!

It’s not often that gin and rosé come together, but with the right ingredients it’s a delicious pairing. Use a sparkling dry rosé to mix, and top it off with simple sugar syrup to your taste. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice to finish, and you have a refreshing cocktail for a sunny day.

24. Gimlet Cocktail

Simple and classy never go out of style. This jazz-era cocktail uses minimal ingredients, but is crafted to perfection.

Lime juice, gin and simple syrup form this quintessential sweet and sour beverage. If you like it sweeter, use lime cordial in addition to lime juice. Just don’t swap any other ingredients, or it will cease to be a proper gin gimlet.

25. French 75

Celebrations call for champagne! Enjoy some bubbly with your gin in this delightful and unique mixed drink.

Gin isn’t usually thought of as a celebration drink, but that all changes here. The sweet and sour base is made up of gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup. Simply pour in a cocktail glass, top with champagne, and prepare to make a toast!

25 Simple & Classic Gin Cocktails

Directions


  1. Choose one of these delicious gin cocktail recipes.

  2. Gather your ingredients, garnishes and cocktail glasses.

  3. Mix the ingredients with ice to serve up a refreshing drink.

  4. Relax and enjoy with your friends and family!


Gin Cocktails Pinterest

Leave a Reply
Recipe Rating

Your email address will not be published.