Six Gin Cocktails You Can’t Live Without this Summer

gin cocktails

With summer on its way, it’s time to start thinking about lighter drinks for long days sitting on porches or wherever you go to get away from work. Gin is a perfect complement to hot weather, as the light body and botanical characteristics help to create refreshing, delicious cocktails. To get you started, we’ve picked out six classic gin cocktails that you need to know if you want your gin game on point.

French 75

french 75 gin cocktails
  • 2 oz well-chilled sparkling wine
  • 1 oz gin
  • .5 oz lemon juice
  • 1 barspoon simple syrup
  • lemon twist

Method: Shake gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup together with ice, then strain into a Champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine, give a quick stir, and garnish with a twist of lemon.

Gimlet

gimlet, gin cocktails
  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz Roses sweetened lime juice*
  • lime wedge

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.

Negroni

negroni, gin cocktails
  • 1 oz gin
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1 oz Campari
  • Orange slice

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

Singapore Sling

singapore sling
  • 1.5 oz gin
  • .5 oz cherry heering
  • .25 oz Cointreau
  • .25 oz Benedictine
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • .5 oz lime juice
  • .66 oz grenadine
  • 1 dash bitters
  • maraschino cherry
  • pineapple slice

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

Tom Collins

tom collins drink
  • 5 oz gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • .5 oz simply syrup
  • club soda
  • lemon slice

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.

The Vesper

the vesper

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