It’s obvious that you enjoy your Gin, as you’ve hit this page. So let us show you some the best gin cocktail recipes that you can make at home or in your backyard bar.
Best Gin Cocktail Recipes – Singapore Sling
We’ve all heard of it, but how do you make one? It’s an old favourite and still as polular today as ever, especially with some bartenders that like to add a little something different to make their own mark. This is not recessary as the original recipe (which went out of favour until the 1980’s) is perfect as is. You’ll love the bright red foaminess generated from the ingredients that go into a Singapore Sling. It’s a perfect looking cocktail and one that you’ll agree is a classic.
Here’s the best and original version of the famous Singapore Sling.
15ml Cherry Heering
7.5ml Dom Benedictine
120ml Sarawak Pineapple Juice
15ml Lime Juice
Dash of Angostura bitters
Garnish with a slice of Pineapple and Cherry
Cocktail shaker version:
Fill all your ingredients except the Angostura bitters into your cocktail shaker.
Add the Angostura bitters and a handfull ice.
Give a reasonable hard and fast shake.
Now strain the ingrediants into your pre-ice filled Hurricane glass.
Top with a pineapple & cherry for garnish.
Non-cocktail shaker version:
Fill all your ingredients excep the bitters into your ice filled Hurricane glass.
Give a brief stir.
Add your dash of Angostura bitters.
Garnish with pineapple & cherry.
The old Singapore Sling is as well-known as the Raffles Hotel, but did you know it used to be called the ‘Gin Sling’? The drink was invented before 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon who was a bartender at Raffles. He worked in the Long Bar and came up with the original cocktail that we all love today. Known as the Gin Sling it somehow morphed into the Singapore Sling sometime around the 1930’s. Thank you Ngiam Tong Boon, you invented a beauty!
Maybe not as well-known as the Singapore Sling but the Negroni has a large following all over the world. This is helped by the fact there’s a week named after the drink! Yep, Negroni week which is embraced by many bars all over the world to raise money for a variety of charities is extremely popular with over 7,500 venues participating.
It’s actually an acquired taste so before ordering one, remember that it has quite a bitter taste. Probably best to make one at home first so here’s how it’s done.
Your ingredients: (All 3 of them!)
30mL MGC Dry Gin
30mL Maidenii Sweet Vermouth
Garnish with a slice of Orange (some garnish today with Pineapple and Cherry)
Your method: (You can’t stuff this up)
You won’t require a cocktail shaker for this one!
Fill you’re larger mixing glass with ice.
Add the Gin, Sweet Vermouth and Campari.
Stir for 20-25 seconds then pour into your dringing class
Add your slice of orange and you’re done.
The Negroni cocktail was bought about from another drink called the Americano, which was made up of Campari and Cinzano sweet vermouth. You see the gentleman behind the Campari brand (Gaspare Campari) came up with this cocktail in his own Italian bar.
It wasn’t until Camillo Negroni started frequenting the bar that the drink progressed. He ordered this Americano cocktail as his preferred beverage. One day he asked the bartender to spice up his drink a little, so a dash of Gin was added. Negroni was suitable impressed and it became his staple drink. Once other customers started following suit, it became known as the ‘Negroni’.
Are you after a sweet, citrus cocktail to unwind or just need that pick-me-up that a lemon cocktail can provide? You’ll love the freshness that a Bee’s knees offer and will make you want more. Which isn’t always a good thing the following morning!
So, here’s how this refreshing cocktail is served in the traditional way.
2 teaspoons honey
20ml fresh lemon juice
20ml fresh orange juice
Orange zest twist for garnish
Firstly, add your Gin & honey to your cocktail shaker and give it a firm stir until the honey dissolves.
Add the orange juice, lemon and a handful of ice.
This cocktail does have a small amount of froth, so go ahead and shake well.
Strain your drink into a cocktail glass, preferably a Martini class.
Now just add the orange zest for garnish.
You’re all done!
It’s harder find the history of the Bee’s Knees cocktail, but it’s suspected to have originated in the Prohibition era of America. Spirits made in home basements were not that great to taste but gave a great kick. The citrus ingredients in the Bee’s knees gave flavour and was a great agent for hiding the poor scents that the alcohol gave off.
Honey was added (considered odd by some) but for many people it worked, and they loved the taste. It’s still around today so can’t be that bad.
Next in our list of the best gin cocktail recipes comes the Salty Dog. The original Salty Dog can be made with either Gin or Vodka as the main alcoholic ingredient, for our purpose we’re going with the Gin option. If you love grapefruits, then you will really enjoy this cocktail. If it’s your first time tying one of these, we’ll guide you through the process.
3 ounces Gin or Vodka
6 ounces grapefruit juice (squeezed fresh is preferable)
Salt to rim the glass
Rub your lemon on the rim of the glass. Yes, this may sound odd but it’s not. It’s to get the rim nice and tacky with lemon flavour so that the salt sticks to it.
Put salt on a plate, tip your glass upside down onto the plate so the rim of the glass gets covered in salt.
Now add your ingredients, Gin (or Vodka) and grapefruit juice to your cocktail shaker.
Add some ice and give a good shake.
Pour the mixture into a glass.
Garnish with lemon or lime wedges. These can be wedged to the top of your glass or added to a toothpick and dropped into the drink.
Ahh yeah. If anyone knows can you let us know!