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30 Easy Gin Cocktails Every Aspiring Bartender Should Master

in Mixology January 5, 2021

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

london dry gin G&T

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.

2. BRAMBLE

Bramble easy gin Cocktail

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

Clover Club easy gin cocktail

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).

4. CORPSE REVIVER NO.2

Corpse Reviver No. 2

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.

5. MARTINI

London Dry Gin Martini

No gin cocktail is as prized (or debated) as the Martini. It may take some practicing to get yours right; brush up on Martini-making basics and terminology to help you master the serve.

6. FRENCH 75

French 75 easy gin cocktail

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.

7. GIBSON

Gibson | Easy Gin Cocktails

One alternative approach to the Martini, the savoury and striking Gibson is notably garnished with a pickled onion.

8. GIMLET

Gimlet | easy gin cocktails

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

easy gin cocktails

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 G&T easy gin cocktails

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

the last word easy gin cocktails

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.

12. MARTINEZ

Martinez easy gin cocktails

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.

13. MILLIONAIRE’S MARTINI

Millionaires martini easy gin cocktails

The classic Martini meets Champagne in this delightfully decadent throwback to the Gilded Age.

14. NEGRONI

Negroni

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

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

Ramos Gin Fizz | Easy Gin Cocktails

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

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

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

Tom Collins Cocktail

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

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.

21. SBAGLIATO

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.

23. BRONX

Bronx

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

The Lady In Red

Sloe gin and raspberry syrup add a touch of blush to a classic White Lady.

25. VESPER MARTINI

The Vesper

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

The 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

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

Happy Panky

This classic creation by Ada Coleman, head bartender at the Savoy Hotel around the turn of the century, is given a cherry twist.

29. EMPIRE

Empire

A classic cocktail from Harry Craddock’s 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book with a decidedly Sipsmithian twist.

30. DAISY

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.

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