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Gin Cocktail Recipes

Think all gins are alike? Think again.

London Dry

Drier and often juniper forward, with notes of citrus. To legally use the term London Dry, the base spirit must be distilled to a completely neutral spirit of 96% alcoholic volume. Any additional flavors must come from natural plant materials and must be added during the distillation process.

The Drink: Martini

  • 3 oz London Dry Gin
  • ½ oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1 dash Fee Brothers Orange Bitters
  • Place in a cocktail shaker, add ice and stir for 25 seconds. Serve in a martini glass. Garnish with olive or lemon peel.

Navy Strength

Higher proof style of juniper forward gin whose name was derived by British Navy sailors who would pour it over gunpowder to see if it smoked, to test if the gin had been diluted.

The Drink: Negroni

  • 1 ½ oz Navy Strength Gin
  • 1 ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 ½ oz Campari
  • Combine all in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and stir. Serve either up or over ice. Garnish with an orange slice.

Old Tom

There are wild stories about how Old Tom Gin got its name, but most agree on how this style of Gin came to be. Back in 18th century England, distilling was not the perfected science it is today, and the resulting drink was harsh, to say the least. Sugar or licorice was added to sweeten and make the gin more palatable. As distilling improved and drier Gin became more fashionable, Old Tom all but disappeared. We are seeing a resurgence of this now well-made style among classic cocktail enthusiasts!

The Drink: Tom Collins

  • 1 ½ oz Old Tom Gin
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • 4 oz club soda
  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add the Old Tom Gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake, and then strain into a highball (aka Collins) glass, also filled with ice. Top with club soda and garnish with lemon wheel.

New International Style

This movement, which began in the late 1990s, emphasizes flavors other than juniper. Floral, herbal, citrus fruit focused, they often highlight regional items grown where the gin is distilled.

The Drink: The Gimlet

  • 2 oz Gin
  • ¾ oz fresh lime juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup
  • Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a cucumber slice or lime twist.

    Barrel Aged

    For many spirits back in the day, oak barrels were an affordable, durable, safe means of transportation and storage, and early Gin was no exception. What oak imparts to Gin is dependent on the amount of time it spends in the barrel. Flavors can range from light spice and mellow honey to vanilla, toasty spice, and caramel.

    The Drink: The Martinez

    • 1 ¾ oz Barrel Aged Gin
    • ½ oz Sweet Vermouth
    • ½ oz Dry Vermouth
    • ¼ oz Maraschino Liqueur
    • 1 dash of Angostura bitters
    • Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Stir, then strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.

      Genever

      The precursor to Gin as we know it. Genever (Dutch for Juniper) is a malt-grain based spirit that can only be made in Holland or Belgium. It is unique in that it is a blend of at least 2 distillates, one being a whiskey-esque “malt wine” and the other a juniper-infused distillate. Think of Genever as somewhere between whiskey and gin.

      The Drink: Straight

      • 1 ¾ oz Genever
      • Drink neat, up, or over ice.

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