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Gin cocktail recipes including a Clover Club cocktail, gin and tonic lollies, an appletini and a gin and green tea cocktail
Gin is the key to so many cocktails. If you love to mix up drinks for friends and family, then you’ll know that a bottle of gin is an essential ingredient for your drinks cabinet or bar cart. This strong, clear spirit is the key to a classic martini, not to mention a well-mixed gimlet, a Negroni or a simple gin and tonic.
Bartenders and mixologists love gin because it’s so versatile and works in lots of different drinks. Lots of famous cocktails, including the Singapore Sling, the Clover Club and the French 75 have gin as their base. So if you’ve got a bottle (or two) of gin in the cupboard, but always mix up the same thing, why not seek some inspiration from our collection of gin cocktail recipes?
A little gin goes a long way, which is why mixing up some gin cocktails for a dinner party or small do at home can be better value than stocking up on wine. Get friends to join in with the muddling and shaking, to turn your evening into a fun DIY cocktail-making party.
If you love a classic gin and tonic, why not ring the changes with one of our easy G&Ts with a twist. We’ve got a delicious pink grapefruit gin and tonic, which is perfect for serving pre-dinner with bowls of toasted nuts with rosemary and sea salt. Our Gin&Tea cocktail is ideal for impressing foodie friends. It pairs gin with a delicate green tea syrup.
Who says gin cocktails have to be served in a glass? Cool down with one of our gin and tonic ice lollies on a hot summer’s evening. On a similar theme, try our boozy blueberry, elderflower and gin lollies for a summer party or barbecue.
If you fancy adding a few more famous gin cocktails to your repertoire,try our simple Clover Club recipe (pictured) for starters. This classic gin cocktail from the US was popular in the years before Prohibition. It’s a frothy mixture of gin, raspberries, egg whites, lemon juice and sugar, served in a martini glass..
Click through our collection of gin cocktails to see which of these creative concoctions take your fancy…
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It's a G&T, but not as you know it. This elegant gin cocktail pairs the gin with a delicate homemade green tea syrup. Don't be daunted by the idea of making your own syrup, it couldn't be simpler. This cocktail also has citrus notes, thanks to the addition of fresh lemon zest.
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Fruit shrubs syrup is a homemade sweet and sour syrup that you simply top up with gin and your favourite fizz to make a simple cocktail. Fruit shrub cocktails is an old-fashioned cocktail that's having a revival at hip cocktail bars. All you need to make them is vinegar, fresh fruit (we used berries in our recipe), and sugar. Plus your favourite gin, of course.
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Turn your regular G&T into a fancy cocktail with a few extra ingredients. If you love cocktails with a sour edge, you'll love this gin and tonic made with fresh pink grapefruit juice. For a simple but chic garnish, serve this G&T in a high-ball glass with a sprig of fresh rosemary and a segment of the grapefruit.
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You know what would make a tall glass of Pimm's even better? Gin. Our Pimm's With a Kick takes the classic Pimm's recipe and gives it a more grown-up edge. We've swapped sweet lemonade for sharper tonic water, added a slug of gin and a twist of lime. Serve with fresh strawberries and plenty of ice.
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Gin and tonic doesn't have to be served in a glass. We've taken our favourite tipple and frozen it. These frosty G&T lollies are the perfect treat for relaxing in the garden on a sultry summer's evening. They couldn't be easier to make, you just need to mix up a G&T (go fairly easy on the G, otherwise they won't freeze well) and pour in into lolly moulds. Adding thin slices of cucumber looks great.
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Appletinis are a modern classic. They're fun, fruity and don't take themselves 100% seriously. While James Bond would certainly never order one, a well-made appletini is a beautiful thing. Our blush appletini recipe is made with gin, cloudy apple juice and fresh raspberries. Delicious.
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We can't resist making boozy lollies in the summer. If you've mastered our simple gin and tonic lollies, here's another delicious combination to try: Blueberry, elderflower and gin. If you're having a barbecue or friends over for a lazy summer lunch in the garden, why not fill an ice bucket with ice, arrange these lollies on top then pass them around. Just make sure not to get them muddled with the kids' lollies, because these boozy ices are strictly for the grown-ups.