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    Five Bitter Gin Cocktails Every Negroni Lover Should Try

    in Mixology April 27, 2018

    Love Negronis, but wondering what to sip next? Here are five bitter gin cocktails you simply must try.

    Pucker up: it’s not always bad to live life on the bitter side, as these five bracing serves go to show. If you love nothing more than stirring up a perfect Negroni, or don’t like your drinks syrupy-sweet, these bitter gin cocktails are just the thing to add to your sipping repertoire.

    Chicote’s Martini

    What Harry Craddock was to London, so Perico Chicote was to Madrid (the influential, early 20th-century bartender even worked at the Savoy). His subtle twist on the Martini is simple, but adds a wonderfully piquant intensity. 

    4 parts Sipsmith London Dry Gin

    1 part dry vermouth

    4 dashes Angostura bitters

    Lemon twist or olive, to garnish

    Fill a cocktail shaker or mixing glass full of very cold ice. Add the gin, vermouth, and bitters, and stir briskly for 50 turns. Strain into a chilled Martini glass and garnish according to your preference.

    Pink Gin

    Bititer Gin Cocktails

    Bitters lend gin a pink hue and pleasing piquancy.

    If you’re of the Winston Churchill school and prefer your Martinis sans vermouth, then Pink Gin is the tipple for you. This classic, exceptionally simple serve pairs gin and Angostura bitters, which creates a drink with a subtly rosy hue.

    50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

    3-4 dashes Angostura bitters

    Lemon twist, to garnish

    Fill a cocktail shaker or mixing glass full of very cold ice. Add both ingredients and stir well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

    Gin-Campari Sour

    We adore this contemporary bitter gin cocktail recipe, which comes courtesy of Saveur. The addition of egg white, simple syrup, orange bitters, and lemon juice makes for both frothiness and a pleasingly sour bite.

    45ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

    25ml Campari

    25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

    15ml sugar syrup

    1 egg white

    1 dash orange bitters

    Orange wedge or twist, to garnish

    Add the first five ingredients to a cocktail shaker and dry shake. Open, fill with cold ice, seal, and shake again to emulsify. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with an orange wedge or twist.


    Blood Orange Negroni

    One of our favourite Negroni riffs features blood orange juice and Picon.

    One of our favourite Negroni riffs is this delectable Blood Orange Negroni. Adding blood orange juice along with Picon—a bitter French aperitif—make this a bold and bracing choice.

    30ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

    25ml Campari

    20ml Picon

    25ml blood orange juice

    Dried blood orange slice, to garnish

    Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add the first four ingredients and stir well to combine. Strain into a chilled rocks glass and garnish with a dried blood orange slice.

    Gin and Bitter Lemon

    This bitter gin cocktail is so simple, it takes just seconds to make. This summer, make a change and swap out your G&Ts for Gin and Bitter Lemons.

    50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

    Bitter lemon

    Lemon wedge, to garnish

    Fill a highball glass with very cold ice. Add the gin and top up with the bitter lemon to taste. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

    Feature images © Pley/iStock; RyzhkovSanny11/iStock

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