These Easy Gin Cocktails Will Be Your New Favourite Summer Drinks
Your favourite hazy IPA always has its place, but some settings demand something with a sophisticated edge. These classic gin cocktails are steeped in history which means they’ve also stood the test of time. And for good reason. Whether it’s a pool party or a multi-course dinner, with these four recipes you’ll have a showstopping gin cocktail for every occasion.
For A Sophisticated Celebration: The Martini
This clear cocktail has a murky history. Some say it was named after the vermouth brand “Martini & Rossi”. Others say a prospector in Martinez, California, struck it rich and a bartender rewarded him with this perfect mix. But the most widely accepted theory is that it evolved from the Martinez cocktail, a remix of the barroom staple: the Manhattan.
- 45ml Beefeater London Dry Gin
- 10ml Lillet Blanc
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- 1 orange twist
- Add all ingredients into a mixing glass.
- Add ice and stir until chilled.
- Fine strain into a glass.
- Garnish with an orange twist.
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For A Refreshing Sundowner: La Dolce Vita Spritz
This is a fresh take on the Aperol Spritz, the 9th best-selling cocktail in the world. It originated in Italy with Aperol being invented by the Barbieri brothers in Padova in 1919. It’s also sometimes described as an Italian sunset in a glass. La Dolce Vita means “sweet life” in Italian and this cocktail is guaranteed to be just as refreshing as its famous cousin, the Aperol Spritz.
- 35ml Malfy Con Arancia
- 50ml San Pellegrino Limonata
- 50ml Prosecco
- 2 – 3 blackberries
- 1 wedge pink grapefruit
- 2 Sage leaves
- Build ingredients in the glass over cubed ice.
- Gently stir to combine.
- Garnish with blackberries, grapefruit and sage.
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For A Dinner With Family Or Friends: The Tom Collins
The story goes that this drink came from the great Tom Collins hoax of 1874, in which a group of friends in New York City would tell people that a man named Tom Collins was spreading salacious rumours about them at another bar. Enraged, people would move from pub to drinking hole to taproom searching for this imaginary agitator.
- 45ml Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin
- 20ml Lemon Juice
- 20ml Simple Syrup
- Soda water
- 1 lemon wheel
- 1 orange wheel
- Build with ice into a glass.
- Stir well and top with soda water.
- Garnish with an orange and lemon wheel.
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For A Poolside/Braaiside Gathering: The Coco Capensis & Tonic
You can thank mozzies for the invention of the G&T. In the 1700’s, the army of the British East India Company drank quinine, a traditional cure for malaria, in tonic water. But the bitter taste was so unpleasant that British officers took to adding water, sugar, lime and gin to the quinine so that it was more palatable. And well, the rest is quite literally history.
- 50ml Inverroche Coco Capensis
- 1 Can Indian Tonic
- Rose Malva Pinking Essence
- 1 Rose Petal
- 1 Sprig Orange Buchu
- Handful Pomegranate Seeds
- Fill your glass with good quality ice.
- Add the gin and top off with tonic.
- Add the pinking essence.
- Garnish with the rose petal, orange buchu and pomegranate seeds.
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