Ultimate guide to gin cocktail recipes, including how to make the perfect gin and tonic, gourmet gin cocktails and setting up a home gin bar!
Although thought of as a quintessentially British drink, the origins of gin actually go back centuries to Holland, and a Dutch style spirit know as
Genever is a malt wine based spirit distilled from rich grains (similar to a whisky) and then flavoured with juniper and other herbs and spices.
So is very different from the gin we know today, which is a neutral spirit base, flavoured up with all sorts of different fruits and botanicals.
Gin, in its modern form, underwent a meteoric rise in popularity throughout the 18th century.
It had a significantly less robust flavour than Genever, which made it more suited for the taste preferences of the British at that time.
Much of the continued popularity of gin can be sourced back to the rise of the classic gin and tonic.
Which was a drink believed to have been created by the British troops in India as a way of making quinine with it’s anti-malarial properties more palatable!
Adding gin and sugar syrup to the quinine made it a whole lot nicer to take! And so gave rise to the G&T we know and love today!
However, you don’t need to just stick to a Gin And Tonic! There are many different types of gin cocktails that you can try out and experiment with.
Some of the most popular ones include a Gin Fizz, Gin Martini,
or the perfect French 75 English Garden Cocktail. Fancy a cocktail? Try one of our cocktail recipes here Gin Cocktail Recipes How To Make A Perfect Gin And Tonic When it comes to the perfect serve for a G&T, you’ll not go far wrong with our drinks tips!
The perfect gin and tonic is a drink that every foodie should know how to make. It is not just about the alcohol, it’s about the balance of flavours that you get with this drink.
And of course, it can be made in different ways depending on your taste.
There are two main ways to make a gin and tonic: the traditional way or with a twist. The traditional way is to add ice cubes, gin, tonic water and a slice of lemon.
The twist is to add fresh thyme leaves, which will give the drink an earthy flavour. Or try other herbs you like.
We make these with rosemary and basil which add a really fragrant lift to a G&T and pair well with a nice Mediterranean tonic water and slice of lemon.
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If you’re new to the world of cocktails, gin is a perfect place to start. It’s versatile enough to be used in a variety of drinks and has a clean taste that goes well with both fruit and herbs.
Pink Gin Cocktails
Pink Gin Cocktails are ideal for weddings, summer parties and great for a girls night! Try our
recipe here (ad feature). pink gin fizz More easy gin recipes here Muddled Fruit With Gin
Gin with muddled fruit is lovely for summer parties, BBQs and evenings sat in the evening sun in the garden.
To make one just add your favourite fruit to an ice filled glass (try mango, pineapple, strawberries) then add your choice of gin, we like this with Bombay Sapphire.
Add a touch or simple sugar syrup for sweetness and top it off with club soda.
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A home gin bar is a perfect addition to any party, and it is also a great way to get your guests involved in the mixing process.
A gin bar is all about having a variety of gin-based drinks on hand and making sure that they are mixed well. A great way to start your list of drinks is with some classics like the Martini, Negroni, and G&T.
If you want to be more adventurous with your drink menu ideas for your bar or home bar, consider adding some of these fun recipes:
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This delicious Aperol Negroni is a unique spin on the traditional negroni recipe. Making a negroni as an aperol gin cocktail using Aperol instead of Campari adds more sweet orange flavor and is slightly less herbaceous than its popular counterpart.
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A spiced Gin Apple Pie Cocktail that’s perfect for entertaining any time of the year and for any occasion. It’s a simple Gin Cocktail that comes together in minutes using regular pantry ingredients.
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A refreshing summer cocktail such as this watermelon gin tonic with cucumber is well worth knowing about. This gin cocktail is ideal for a summer get-together or backyard BBQ.
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This Italicus cocktail contains the exotic flavours of bergamot and camomile. It may look like a classic gin sour cocktail, but the flavours are sure to surprise, delight and seriously impress.
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Amazingly delicious fresh squeezed blood orange cocktail recipe! A beautiful, red hued cocktail with blood orange, gin, and rosemary
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This unicorn inspired cocktail is made with pink gin. It is perfect for those who want an adult beverage that looks pretty and fun.
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A light, refreshing mango gin cocktail made with fresh mango juice, gin, triple sec, lime juice and simple syrup. This easy-to-make gin drink is the perfect spring and summer cocktail.
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This strong gin espresso martini is a fantastic holiday dessert cocktail. Gin, kahlua, a shot of espresso and a dash of chocolate syrup for a bold, intense drink that is not overly sweet.
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Deliciously refreshing, a blueberry lemon gin rickey is a great summer sipper. Be sure to pick up some fresh blueberries at the farmers market during blueberry season to enjoy this delightful drink.
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This Rosemary Gin Cocktail is a light and refreshing take on a classic gin and tonic. Perfect for cold winter nights, or summer afternoons when you have lots of rosemary in your garden!
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This twist on the gin fizz requires a lot of shaking, but the results are worth it.
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Homemade rosemary simple syrup and Prosecco make this delicious gin drink a winner!
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This gin margarita is so refreshing, light and tangy, and super easy to make. If you love the citrusy taste of a traditional margarita, then you’ll love this gin twist.
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This cocktail has gin and grapefruit, making it a refreshing and light drink to sip on!
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This Gin Basil Smash is a refreshing summer cocktail recipe! Made with lemon and basil herb Italian flavors.
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Imbibe the aromas of a spring garden with this romantically floral Elderflower Rose Gimlet. It has a bouquet of elderflower, gin and rose water and tastes just like fresh flowers!
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Blackberries, gin and lemon are the perfect combination in this easy to make Blackberry Gin Fizz! A refreshing cocktail to sip on this summer!
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Rhubarb adds a tart freshness and a pretty pink color to this twist on the classic Gin & Tonic cocktail.
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This refreshing cucumber gin mojito is an easy twist on the classic rum mojito.
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This 5 ingredient Pineapple Gin & Ginger Beer Cocktail recipe is the perfect combination of fresh and spicy.
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