There are many great gin drinks, from the short and stylish martini to tall refreshing highballs like the gin and tonic. The great thing about gin is that its bouquet of botanicals makes it a natural option for very easy drinks that have an intriguing flavor. As the martini shows, gin is at its best with one or two ingredients.
While the martini gets most of the spotlight, let's break down some of the other easy gin drinks. These are great for exploring a new bottle because different styles of soda, or a little fruit flavor, bring out different qualities in different gins.
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The Gin and Tonic is essential to any gin drinker's repertoire. It seems very obvious what is in the gin and tonic, but don't forget the lime. As you'll find for many of these drinks, the garnish sets it off. It also lets you squeeze a little juice into the mix as you see fit.
The choice of tonic is just as important as the gin you're pouring and you'll find many boutique tonic waters available. Give Q-Tonic, Fever-Tree, or any new tonic you find a try and taste the difference.
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If tonic is not your cup of tea, you may want to opt for club soda. This will add sparkle to the gin while letting you enjoy the spirit's true flavor. The result is a great mixed drink called the Gin Rickey.
Again, there's a hint of citrus in this simple gin cocktail, and it should not be forgotten. Essentially, a single lime will give you the splash of juice needed as well as the garnish for a round of two or three Rickeys.
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Building off the Gin Rickey, we bring in a little extra sour and add a touch of sweetness to create the popular Tom Collins. It's one of the best drinks you will enjoy with gin and just as easy to mix up.
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Moving on to a slightly sweeter soda, the Gin Buck tops your favorite gin with ginger ale. The play of the soft ginger against an aromatic gin is quite nice and this is good for drinkers who don't enjoy the drier gin and tonic.
The Gin Buck is just as versatile. It is great with both a premium London dry or one of the softer gins like Hendrick's or Aviation. Its simplicity allows whatever gin you pour to really shine.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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The Foghorn is not nearly as well known as any of these other mixed drinks and that's a shame. It's very similar to the Gin Buck, but gives you a choice of sodas.
Depending on your mood and the gin at hand, you get to choose between ginger ale or ginger beer. The latter gives the drink a great spicy kick, and it's even better with a splash of lime.
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Compared to the previous drinks, the Gin Fizz starts to get complex, but it's still not difficult. Essentially, you're building off the Gin Rickey and using a different mixing technique.
Here, you will add lemon, sugar and egg to the gin and soda. Instead of building it in a glass, you are going to shake until it hurts, to ensure the egg is thoroughly mixed. The pain is worth the results.
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For the adventurous gin connoisseur, there is the Gin Sling. You can enjoy it using one of two recipes. There are many variations, so it's a drink that keeps on giving.
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Many of us fell in love with the Gin Gin Mule on the first sip and consider it a modern classic. Created by renowned NYC bartender, Audrey Saunders, it may just become your new favorite as well.
This recipe adds a mojito-like twist to the Foghorn's ginger beer option by muddling mint, syrup and lime. Top that with a great gin and your favorite ginger beer, and you're ready to fall in love.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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We're going to get a little fruity for these last two drinks because gin is great with light fruits. The Floradora is a rockin' good cocktail from way back when, and it continues to delight drinkers of all tastes.
For nearly half a century, this mix of gin, framboise, lime and ginger ale was a very popular cocktail. Though it's not as well known today, the sweet, sparkling taste will instantly tell you why it was loved so much.
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It's not often that we mix gin into a simple juice duo, which is a bit of a shame. Mixed drinks like the Salty Dog can rival any vodka-juice mix and they're actually more interesting, because gin naturally gives it more dimension.
The juice of choice for the Salty Dog is grapefruit, much like vodka's Greyhound. It's a simple mix, but the salted rim really does make it work that much better, so don't skimp on that quick addition.