6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without

You can’t talk about classic cocktails without talking about gin. The base of many great cocktails over time, this spirit provides light, floral, citrusy goodness in a glass — perfect for summer. Whether you want something spirit-forward, such as a Negroni, or something light and refreshing, like a French 75, gin has got your back.

To get you started, we’ve picked out six classic gin cocktail recipes that you need to know if you want your gin game on point. These span the range of flavors and strengths, so no matter what you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered. If you already know how to make these, we applaud you, and then encourage you to make them again, but switch up your gin. Using a floral-forward one? Try something a little more citrusy the next time around. You won’t be disappointed.

If you need a great gin to start with, check out the winner of The Manual Spirit Awards 2018.

Tom Collins

tom collins gin cocktail
  • 5 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • Club soda to top
  • Lemon slice to garnish

Method: In a Collins glass filled with ice, add gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Top with club soda and stir. Garnish with lemon slice.

French 75

french 75 champagne lemon cocktail
  • 2 oz well-chilled sparkling wine
  • 1 oz gin
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • 1 barspoon simple syrup
  • Lemon twist to garnish

Method: Shake gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup together with ice, then strain into a glass (we suggest a Champagne flute). Top with sparkling wine, give a quick stir, and garnish with a twist of lemon (or something herbal).

Singapore Sling

singapore sling cocktail
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Method: Shake liquid ingredients together with ice and strain into ice-filled Collins glass. Garnish with cherry and pineapple slice.

Gimlet

gimlet cocktail coupe glass

Method: Shake gin and sweetened lime juice and strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lime wedge.

*Alternatively, you can try using .5 oz simple syrup and .5 oz lime juice.

The Vesper

vesper martini cocktail
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  • 2 oz gin
  • .5 oz vodka
  • .25 oz Lillet-Blanc
  • Lemon peel to garnish

Method: Shake liquid ingredients well with ice and pour into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.

Negroni

negroni cocktail orange
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz Campari
  • Orange to garnish

Method: Stir ingredients together over ice. Garnish with orange slice or twist.

Last updated September 5, 2018, to include details of The Manual Spirit Awards 2018.

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