With this illustrious heritage in mind, there is a multitude of ways to make gin’s time-honored brilliance really shine. Join us for a journey on the herbal path to refreshment with a look at the finest gin cocktail ideas.

THE TOP GIN COCKTAIL RECIPES

The Gin Martini:

  • 6 parts Gin
  • 1 part dry Vermouth

Pour into a mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into chilled martini glasses and garnish with a lemon twist or olives. Serve before dinner.

To make your martini “dirty”, add a splash of olive brine, or for a distinctive “Montgomery” (named after British Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery), make the ratio 15 parts gin to 1 part vermouth.

The Gin Fizz:

  • 5 parts Gin
  • 3 parts fresh lemon juice
  • 1 part gomme syrup
  • 8 parts soda water

Shake everything, except soda water, with ice cubes. Pour into an Old Fashioned glass and add soda water.

For a “Diamond Fizz”, also known as a “French 75”, add sparkling wine instead of soda water, or for the colorful excitement of a “Green Fizz”, add a dash of crème de menthe.

The Gimlet:

  • 2 parts Gin
  • 1 part sweetened lime juice
  • Soda water

Mix everything together and serve in a cocktail glass garnished with a slice of lime.

The iconic Savoy Cocktail Book, from 1930, exclusively recommends Rose’s Lime Juice Cordial for this gin cocktail recipe, but we prefer the slightly softer, less sweet version with soda water, that’s more in tune with today’s tastes.

The Vesper:

  • 6 parts gin
  • 5 parts vodka
  • 5 parts Cocchi Americano or Lillet Blanc

Shake everything and strain into a champagne or cocktail glass garnished with a lemon twist.

Straight out of Ian Fleming’s “Casino Royale”, this variation on the martini, invented by a friend of the author, takes its name from the alluring Vesper Lynd, who James Bond encounters in Chapter 8 of the classic novel.

And last, but certainly not least…

The Gin and Tonic:

The purest way to enjoy all the flavors of gin.

  • Recommended ratios range from 1:1 to 1:3 (gin to tonic water). The choice is yours! Just remember to serve it “on the rocks”, with lemon or lime.

These are just a few ways to sample gin’s classic flavor. Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, why not explore gin cocktail recipes further and try a Gibson, Tom Collins, or Old Etonian.