Cocktails are a great idea if you host friends for an evening get-together. And as with most spirits, the variety of gin on the market can be overwhelming. Some are better suited for cocktails than others, and some are designed to mix with other ingredients. And here are five cocktails you can make with this alcoholic beverage:
1. Gin and Tonic
This is a classic cocktail, not just because the name sounds like a real-life version of Mad Men. This is a great drink to serve at parties, with its simple ingredients making it an easy choice for anyone who doesn’t want to spend too much time mixing up their drinks.
The drink is also versatile, with various options for both ingredients. You can use any variety of this liquor (including flavoured ones) and mix it with either club soda or tonic water to create your custom version.
2. French 75
The French 75 is a classic cocktail that’s named after the French 75mm field gun. This cocktail is created by mixing this alcohol, lemon juice and champagne. Harry MacElhone created this drink in 1915 at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. It was named after Captain Edward “Winkie” Gough, a British officer who was a regular at the bar.
A classic cocktail, the gimlet is one of the easiest to make at home. The required ingredients are:
- 1 oz Bombay Sapphire
- 1/2 oz lime juice (a good squeeze should do it.)
- 2 dashes of simple syrup (to taste)
4. Bee’s Knees
Process of preparation:
- Pour gin and honey syrup into a mixing glass, and add crushed ice. Shake it vigorously until chilled, then strain it into a martini glass.
- Garnish with lemon zest or a thin slice of lemon and serve immediately, as this drink doesn’t keep well on ice.
The Bee’s Knees is one of the favourite drinks worldwide because it’s so easy to make and tastes delicious. As such, this famous combination makes it perfect for summertime weather when you don’t want anything too heavy, just something light that won’t leave you feeling tipsy after one drink (or two). So, you can add freshly squeezed lemon juice because it adds just enough acidity to cut through the sweetness from both the honey syrup and simple syrup (a mixture made from equal parts sugar). And to finish this drink perfectly, add some crushed ice, as this will chill everything down without watering down your cocktail by melting all its flavours away like plain water might do.
- 1 oz gin
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
This is a classic cocktail that’s easy to make. So, pour the ingredients into a cocktail mixer. Add ice, stir, strain into a glass with a single large cube of ice, and garnish with the peel of an orange.
You Can Keep This Liquor at Hand for All Occasions
It is perfect for making cocktails and mixed drinks, and it also makes for a good ingredient in mixed alcoholic beverages. Besides, most of these cocktails can be easily made at home with some practice.
So, hopefully, you’re excited to try some of these cocktails. Remember that the key to making a good drink is using fresh ingredients, so always buy your drink from a reputable liquor store and check the expiration date before purchasing.