While there’s nothing wrong with a classic, crisp Gin and Tonic, sometimes you crave something a little different. Stray from the beaten path with these five unique gin cocktails that will make you fall in love with gin all over again thanks to their creative ingredients. Do the drinks justice with a high-quality gin, so that you can truly appreciate the flavors and fullness of these delicious and delightful cocktails. Cheers!

  1. Negroni

This classic drink is back in style and can be adapted in so many ways, so you can really start to play with different recipes. A simple but effective recipe involves just three ingredients and is so easy to make: in a short tumbler glass filled with ice, mix 1 ounce gin, 1 ounce Campari, and 1 ounce sweet vermouth. Stir gently, and garnish with an orange peel. Interesting variations include adding soda water, sparkling wine, or even lemon juice for a tart twist.

Prep time: 2 minutes

Ingredients: Gin, vermouth, Campari

  1. Bloodhound

You will feel like nothing short of a badass ordering the Bloodhound; you’ll end up with a bright pink cocktail that looks tantalizingly sweet. Don’t be fooled: the Bloodhound is justly named. Made with Vermouth, gin and crushed strawberries, the Bloodhound is lip-smackingly good. Crush three strawberries, and place at the bottom of a cocktail glass. In a shaker, combine 1 ounce gin, ½ ounce dry vermouth, and ½ ounce sweet vermouth. Shake, and strain into cocktail glass, stirring mix into crushed strawberries.

Prep time: 10 minutes

Ingredients: Gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, strawberries

  1. French 75

The French 75, or a Soixante Quinze if you’re feeling French, is a creative mix of Champagne, gin and lemon juice that gives you a bubbly cocktail without being overly sweet. In a shaker, mix 1 ounce of gin, ½ ounce of lemon juice, and a couple dashes of simple syrup. Pour into a chilled Champagne flute, and top with Champagne. The result? A tart, tangy cocktail that makes you feel like a VIP at brunch.

Prep time: 4 minutes

Ingredients: Gin, Champagne, lemon juice, simple syrup

  1. Salty Dog

The Salty Dog is a cocktail that is worryingly easy to sling back; the grapefruit juice cuts through the dry gin and makes it deliciously drinkable—especially if you’re not a fan of gin. Plus, grapefruit juice is awesome for weight loss and heart health, so a Salty Dog is always a good idea. To prepare, all you need is 3 ounces of grapefruit juice and 1 ounce of gin. Combine in a shaker, and strain into a salt-rimmed highball glass for a refreshing cocktail.

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients: Grapefruit juice, gin, salt

  1.  Aviation

A pale violet sweet cocktail, the Aviation will delight and surprise your palate. The sweetness of the maraschino liqueur and crème de violette are balanced out by the dry gin and tart lemon juice, leaving you with an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Combine 2 ounces gin, ¼ ounce maraschino liqueur, ¼ ounce crème de violette, and ½ ounce lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a martini glass, and admire the stunning pale violet color that results.

Prep time: 3 minutes

Ingredients: Gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, lemon juice


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