The Best Gin Cocktail Recipes


Looking for the best gin cocktail recipes? We’re sharing our 9 favorite gin drinks – some are classics and others are unusual flavor blends, but we guarantee all of them are delicious.

Gin cocktails can be an acquired taste. Usually, people are familiar with a classic gin and tonic but they may not stray beyond that into the more interesting gin drinks. Gin-based cocktails can be incredibly layered and flavorful. They’re also often quite beautiful, as evidenced by the cocktails below, which could all easily be a signature cocktail at a party or holiday dinner.

If you’re a cocktail fan or just looking for some new ways to use gin, I think you’ll love these delicious, cocktails with gin.

Simple Gin Cocktail Recipes

There are some wonderful classic gin cocktails that are easy to make. Here are some simple gin cocktails:

  • Gin Martini – Combine 2 3/4 ounces gin with 3/4 ounce dry vermouth in a glass with ice, stir, and strain into a chilled glass.
  • Gin Gimlet – Combine gin with fresh lime juice and simple syrup in a shaker with ice, shake like crazy, then strain into a glass.
  • Negroni – Combine equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth in a glass with ice, stir, and strain into a glass with one large ice cube.
  • French 75 – Combine gin with lemon and top with champagne!
  • The Vesper (the James Bond cocktail) – Combine 3 ounces gin, 1 ounce vodka, 1⁄2 ounce Lillet with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Aviation Gin Cocktail from Platings + Pairings

The Aviation Gin Cocktail combines crème de violette, maraschino cherry liqueur and a bit of lemon juice for a perfectly sweet and tart cocktail that’s as pretty as it is delicious.

Blackberry Gin Smash from The Live-In Kitchen

Blackberries, mint, and lime muddled together and mixed with raw honey and organic gin.

Fennel, Black Pepper, & Grapefruit G&T

This is the gin & tonic to end all gin & tonics. This fun cocktail combines fennel, black pepper, and grapefruit in an easy and delicious recipe.

Cucumber Lavender Gin Fizz from Burrata & Bubbles

With fresh cucumber juice, lavender simple syrup and lemon, this cucumber-lavender gin fizz is refreshing and perfect for those patio nights.

The Aficionado Cocktail from Umami Girl

This simple but sophisticated cocktail is great any time of year.

Tom Collins with Cranberry Cocktail from  Nomageddon

The Cranberry Collins is a fall cocktail based on the Classic Tom Collins. The perfect Thanksgiving Cocktail.

Spiced Gin Apple Pie Cocktail from Recipes from a Pantry

A spiced Gin Apple Pie Cocktail that’s perfect for entertaining any time of the year and for any occasion.

Blood Orange Elderflower Gin Cocktail from The Little Epicurean

The refreshing elderflower gin cocktail gets a pop of color and flavor from the addition of blood orange juice.

Rhubarb and Ginger Gin Recipe from Fuss Free Flavors

Enjoy this fruity rhubarb and ginger gin on its own, or mixed as a long drink. A deliciously different tipple that’s easy to make and easier to enjoy.

If you like these recipes, I think you’ll like these books: The Art of Mixology: Classic Cocktails and Curious Concoctions, The Aviary Cocktail Book, and The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Hand-Crafted Drinks.

Need more cocktail inspiration? Check out our gift guide for cocktail lovers.

We hope you enjoyed these cocktails with gin and the cocktail creators who contributed them. What are your favorite gin cocktails? Let us know in the comments below!

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