Gin Guide: The 6 Best Gin Cocktails to Brighten Up Your Weekend
While the UK is perhaps the most famous producer of gin, fans of the fresh, floral spirit may be interested to know that some of the best gin in the world hails from Belgium, Italy, France, and (our personal favorite) Spain.
Thankfully, you can easily buy Spanish gin online, no matter where you happen to be in the world. Add some vermouth, bitters, and a few other key ingredients to your cart, and you’ll have an excellent basis for creating the delightful cocktails below.
1. The gin fizz
Think of the gin fizz as the lighter, brighter, but equally fluffy cousin of the whisky sour. Both cocktails are made with egg white (not as gross as it sounds), and both offer a citrusy kick that never fails to lift your spirits.
To create the perfect gin fizz, all you need are lime juice, maple syrup (or your preferred sweetener), soda water, one whipped egg white, ice, and of course, gin. Throw everything but the ice and soda water into a cocktail shaker and give it a good shake. Known as a “dry shake,” this is essential for getting the egg white to froth. Next, add the ice and shake again. Strain it into the glasses, top with soda water, and watch the foam rise like magic!
2. The French 75
As classy as it sounds, the French 75 is perfect for sunny afternoon celebrations. You’ll need gin, lemon juice, your syrup of choice, ice, and the other star of the show – champagne. Shake everything but the champagne in a cocktail shaker, strain into a champagne flute, and then top with champagne. It’s as delicious as it sounds!
3. The Greyhound
Aptly named for a cocktail that represents Snoop Dogg’s favorite mix of gin and juice, the greyhound is cool, tart, and infinitely refreshing. All you need to create this bad boy is gin, ice, your syrup of choice, and fresh grapefruit.
Juice the grapefruit into your cocktail shaker, add the ice, gin, and syrup, and give it a good shake. Pour into a glass filled with ice, and if you’re keen for an extra kick, you can salt the rim to turn your Greyhound into a Salty Dog!
4. The Gin Mule
While many gin cocktails hail from the 1920s, the Gin Mule is a modern invention. It’s a little like a mix of a mojito and a Moscow Mule, but with gin as the central character. To create a Gin Mule, you’ll need gin, syrup, lime juice, fresh mint, ice, and ginger beer.
There’s no need for a cocktail shaker with this one. Simply muddle the mint, throw it in a glass with the lime juice, gin, and syrup, and give it a good stir. Add your ice and then top the glass with ginger beer.
5. The Negroni
A bartender’s classic and a favorite among gin lovers, the Negroni adds class and sophistication to any event. All you need are gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth. Stir them together with ice, and you’re good to go.
6. The Tom Collins
Light, bubbly, and refreshing, the Tom Collins is another classic among gin fans. To make your own, you simply need gin, lemon juice, soda water, syrup, ice, and a maraschino cherry. Shake the gin, syrup, and lemon juice in your cocktail shaker, strain into a tall glass filled with ice, top with soda water, and then garnish with the maraschino cherry. Perfection!
The cocktails above are perfect for gin lovers and those who simply enjoy a light, refreshing cocktail on a sunny afternoon. Salud!