Whether you’re looking to take up a new skill, hone your home bartending skills, or are simply longing for a bar-quality cocktail at home, here you’ll find our top 30 easy gin cocktails, each crafted with our award-winning London Dry Gin, to help you elevate your home sipping.
Begin with these 30 classic gin cocktail recipes: from sparkling gin and prosecco serves to pink gin drinks and everything in between, these timeless, popular cocktails are all worth mastering. Looking for more ginspiration? In our cocktail book, SIP, we celebrate the beauty in simplicity with 100 gin cocktails, each with just 3 ingredients. You can also find a whole host of cocktail inspiration on our online cocktail library.
1. GIN & TONIC
Brushing up on bartending basics? The G&T is the perfect place to start. This gin cocktail may seem simple, but it requires a few key elements—including high-quality ingredients, ample ice, and a lime garnish—to succeed.
Invented by celebrated London bartender Dick Bradsell in the 1980s, the Bramble is a blackberry lover’s dream. We like this lightly pink gin cocktail with an extra drizzle of Sloe Gin.
3. CLOVER CLUB
A 19th-century take on pink gin, the decadent and dessert-like Clover Club features egg whites and raspberries (and offers the chance to practice your dry shake).
Immortalised in The Savoy Cocktail Book, the Corpse Reviver No. 2 was devised to cure the hangover-stricken—reason enough to keep this restorative recipe in your proverbial back pocket.
6. FRENCH 75
Gin and Prosecco go together splendidly, and the French 75 is the perfect cocktail to turn to when you’re planning a celebratory occasion—or simply fancy a bit of fizz.
One alternative approach to the Martini, the savoury and striking Gibson is notably garnished with a pickled onion.
Made varyingly with lime cordial or freshly squeezed lime juice, the bright and piquant Gimlet is refreshment in a glass—and can be shaken up in mere moments.
9. BEE’S KNEES
A classic gin cocktail with origins dating back to Prohibition, the delectable Bee’s Knees mingles gin, honey, and citrus, and is the perfect anytime serve.
10. HOT G&T
Hot gin has been a popular London tipple for centuries. This warming number is both an homage to sipping seasons past, as well as a wonderfully wintry tweak on the classic gin & tonic. Happily, it’s easy to make at home.
11. THE LAST WORD
Lightly green—thanks to the addition of Chartreuse and lime juice—The Last Word is a Prohibition-era cocktail that’s enjoyed a recent revival. This striking serve packs a punch, but it’s blessedly easy to make.
Considered a cousin (and possible progenitor) of the Martini, the richer and darker Martinez adds sweet vermouth, bitters, and Maraschino liqueur to the format. Stir this spirit-led serve over ice, and sip slowly.
The classic Martini meets Champagne in this delightfully decadent throwback to the Gilded Age.
The Negroni is a cocktail whose richness and complexity belie the ease of its preparation. Traditionally made with equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, it’s a simple serve to master.
15. PINK GIN
Before pink gin was sold on every shelf, it was a 19th-century cocktail with origins in the Royal Navy. This blush-coloured serve is simple enough for first-time bartenders to whip up.
16. RAMOS GIN FIZZ
If you wish to build up your bartending muscle, the Ramos Gin Fizz is the cocktail to turn to. This classic New Orleans serve is creamy and frothy, and needs to be shaken for upwards of six minutes. Trust us that it’s worth the effort.
17. RED SNAPPER
The Bloody Mary is good, but for gin lovers, the Red Snapper is even better. This tomato-based number is our go-to brunch serve (and can be built straight in the glass). Switch our London Dry Gin for our Limited Edition Chilli & Lime Gin for a daring twist.
18. SLOE GIN FIZZ
A classic Sloe Gin number, the ruby-hued Sloe Gin Fizz is made with a generous glug of prosecco (or Champagne).
19. TOM COLLINS
The Tom Collins is a classic for a reason. Made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and soda, it’s perfectly refreshing, and a breeze to mix up.
20. WHITE LADY
A cocktail that dates to the 1920s, the White Lady is a citrusy and frothy Prohibition classic. Elegant and refreshing, the drink is a worthy candidate for aspiring bartenders.
Sbagliato means ‘messed up’ or ‘mistaken’ in Italian. This drink is said to be the result of a busy bartender mistakenly using sparkling wine instead of gin in a Negroni. We’ve added the gin back in to make this Sipsmith Sbagliato. Frankly, it should have never left.
22. GIN CAIPIRINHA
Like a tropical getaway in a glass, this Caipirinha is a ginful reinterpretation of the popular Brazilian serve.
The Bronx cocktail is allegedly the first to ever use fresh fruit juice. Its origin lies in New York, 1906, where Johnny Solon created it as bartender of the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. He named it after the newly opened Bronx Zoo.
24. LADY IN RED
Sloe gin and raspberry syrup add a touch of blush to a classic White Lady.
25. VESPER MARTINI
The famous serve ordered by James Bond in Ian Fleming’s first novel Casino Royale. In the book, Bond orders it shaken, but no self-respecting bartender would ever shake a Martini. Stir or throw this classic for a sumptuous and timeless serve.
26. PEGU CLUB
How far did the British Empire extend? Well, if you start at this end, the furthest point (at least in terms of travel time if not distance) would be the Pegu Club in Rangoon. The club was lost with the colony in 1942, but the drink lives on.
27. GIN RICKEY
In the late 1800s, a time now considered to be a Cocktail Renaissance, the most popular gin drink was not a Martini or a Gin and Tonic. It was a Gin Rickey. This drink is not sweet, but there’s none more refreshing.
28. HANKY PANKY
This classic creation by Ada Coleman, head bartender at the Savoy Hotel around the turn of the century, is given a cherry twist.
A classic cocktail from Harry Craddock’s 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book with a decidedly Sipsmithian twist.
The Daisy has appeared in many guises over the years. This is version is cool, refreshing and garnished with seasonal berries.
For more easy gin cocktail inspiration, you can peruse our online library of cocktail recipes here. Or, a beautiful addition to your cocktailing collection that you’ll actually use, our gin cocktail book, SIP, celebrates the beauty in simplicity with 100 gin cocktails, each featuring just 3 ingredients; one of which is always our award-winning London Dry Gin.