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3 Classic Gin Cocktails everyone should try once!

by John Whitlow on Sep 14, 2023

Not everyone is a fan of cocktails or a fan of gin. That being said there are just some drinks that are a must try, even if just to say I have had one of those before.

These 3 classics are a must. If you're a fan of gin, you might want to try some of these classic cocktails that showcase its versatility and flavour of Gin. Whether you prefer a dry, bitter, or sweet drink, there's a Gin cocktail for you. 

1. Classic Negroni
A negroni is a simple but sophisticated drink that balances the bitterness of Campari with the sweetness of vermouth and the botanicals of gin. It's a great aperitif that stimulates the appetite and the palate. To make a negroni, you'll need:

  • 25ml of London Dry Gin
  • 25ml of Campari
  • 25ml of Sweet Vermouth
  • Ice
  • Orange peel

Fill a tall glass with ice and add the Gin, Campari, and vermouth. Stir well. Strain into a rocks glass half filled with ice, and garnish with orange peel (no pith).

Photo of a negroni cocktail in a rocks glass

This is a cocktails not to be messed with, it's strong and kicks like a mule. Be warned.

2. French 75
A French 75 is a sparkling and refreshing drink that combines the crispness of champagne with the citrus and juniper notes of gin. It's a perfect celebratory drink that dates back to World War I. To make a French 75, you'll need:

  • 25ml of Dry or Citrus forward Gin
  • 20ml of lemon juice
  • 12.5ml of simple syrup
  • Champagne 
  • Ice
  • Lemon twist
French 75 Cocktail in a champagne flute

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake well and strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist. For those who don't like the taste of Champagne then try this with Prosecco instead.

3. Tom Collins
A Tom Collins is a classic summer drink that's light, fizzy, and refreshing. It's basically a gin sour topped with club soda, making it easy to sip and enjoy. To make a Tom Collins, you'll need:

  • 50ml of Old Tom Gin
  • 25ml of lemon juice
  • 12.5ml of simple syrup
  • Soda Water
  • Ice
  • Maraschino cherry
Photo of a Tom Collins cocktail in a tall glass

Fill a Collins glass with ice and add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Stir well and top with soda water. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and a wheel of lemon.

We of course recommend trying these cocktails mixed with Boothstown Gin. Try the Peach Melba Gin in a Tom Collins for a twist on the modern classic.


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