6 Classic Gin Cocktail Recipes You Can’t Live Without

A clear spirit that has launched 1,000 ships (or at least been used in 1,000 cocktails on ships), gin is a necessity when you are building out your home bar and developing a set of cocktail recipes that you can pull out of your back pocket. Whether you’re looking for something spirit-forward that packs a punch, or something that is light, refreshing, and perfect for brunch, 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 that cheap gin and your gin mixers. Using a floral-forward one? Try something a little more citrusy the next time around. You won’t be disappointed with the best gin drinks around.

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Tom Collins

tom collins 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

  • 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

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  • 1.5 oz gin
  • .5 oz Cherry Heering Liqeuer
  • .25 oz Cointreau
  • .25 oz Benedictine
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • .66 oz grenadine
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • 1 dash bitters
  • Maraschino cherry to garnish
  • Pineapple slice to garnish

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


gimlet lime 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

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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 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.

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