Gin for the Win

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Maybe it’s just me, but it seems as though gin is experiencing somewhat of a revival these days. The stereotypical notion of your nan sipping on a gin and tonic is but a distant memory as more and more gin cocktails are created and specialist bars dedicated to the bitter spirit are opening.
It is estimated that gin sales topped the £1 billion mark in the UK last year (https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2016/12/wsta-hails-year-of-gin/) and this growth looks set to continue for at least the next three to five years.

So, with these figures in mind, let us celebrate our favourite gin cocktails!

Singapore Sling


Let’s start with a classic – the Singapore Sling. There are several variations on this ancient recipe, but all of them involve a healthy shot of gin, as well as cherry brandy, citrus and soda.

The Gimlet


Simple, but delicious, the Gimlet is another favourite that has been around for years and is perfect for the summer. Made with gin and lime juice, it is sweet and delicious.

Negroni


The Negroni is typically enjoyed before dinner, since it works as an appetite stimulant. It contains Campari, which is definitely an acquired taste, but once you have fallen in love with this combination of gin, Campari and sweet vermouth, there is no going back!

Aviation


The Aviation cocktail is another classic beverage that fell out of favour for a while due to the obscure nature of one of the ingredients. However, crème de violette is more available now, and tastes delicious when combined with gin, maraschino and fresh lemon.

Corpse Reviver #2


The second accepted recipe of the Corpse Reviver (the first recipe uses brandy) was given its name for its ability to wake the dead! It is more than likely the addition of absinthe that makes it so potent. Other ingredients include gin, Lillet Blanc, lime and orange liqueur.

New Orleans Fizz


Put some time aside to create the New Orleans Fizz, since this is one of the trickiest recipes in this list; it’s so worth it though! Made with gin, citrus, syrup, cream, orange flower water and egg white, this is a creamy drink that is full of flavour.

Monkey Gland


The combination of gin and absinthe must be a good one, because it appears again in the Monkey Gland cocktail. Finished with orange juice and grenadine, it is fruity and potent!

Floradora


If you want the fruitiness without the instant hangover, the Floradora might be more up your street! Made with gin, raspberry, lime and ginger ale, this is a recipe that really brings out the sweet side of the spirit.

Tom Collins


The Tom Collins is an irresistible blend of gin, lemon and sugar syrup. Nobody really ever found out who Tom Collins was, but he sure caused a lot of trouble back in the day! Luckily, his namesake drink is cheeky but loveable!

Martini


How could we have a list of gin cocktails without mentioning the famous Gin Martini? There are many variations on this much-loved classic, but it is only a true Martini if it features gin. Use the very best gin you can afford and combine with sweet vermouth to experience the very best cocktail you should ever hope to sip!

So, if you are yet to have your head turned by the greatness of gin, then you don’t know what you’re missing! Get down to your nearest gin bar pronto!

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Ice plays a crucial role in cocktails, not just for chilling but also for dilution, which can help meld flavors together smoothly. Use large, clear ice cubes or spheres for spirits-forward drinks like Old Fashioneds, as they melt slower and dilute the drink less. For more refreshing, highball-style drinks, ensure your ice is fresh and plentiful to keep the drink cold and vibrant.

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