Gin Drinks: There's More to Gin Than Tonic:

Gin Cocktails

The Blue Lady
The Blue Lady
Equal measures of Dry Vermouth, gin and green creme de menthe over crushed ice with mint sprig
Equal measures of Dry Vermouth, gin and green creme de menthe over crushed ice with mint sprig

THE BLUE LADY COCKTAIL

Serve this drink in a champagne style (flute) glass or a martini glass.

Ingredients:

  • 50 ml gin (use your favorite brand)
  • 100 ml blue curaçao
  • juice of one lemon
  • a teaspoon of egg white

Method:

Shake all the ingredients together and strain into your glass. This cocktail has the wow factor.

THE BLACK HAWK COCKTAIL

Serve this drink in a short round tumbler.

Ingredients:

  • 100 ml whiskey (your favorite)
  • 40 ml sloe gin
  • crushed ice

Method:

Pour over the crushed ice and drink.

A Little Gin History:

Unbelievably, between 1750 and 1850 gin was seen as a very crude drink. Gin was a cheap spirit and readily available. Drunk to degrees by the poor. To the extent, that those with a particular lifestyle who overindulged in what was then known, as a rather vulgar drink were said to be living in gin lane. Seedy shops advertised...

  • Drunk for one penny
  • Dead drunk for two
  • Clean straw for nothing

Thank goodness for the 20th century. It was at this time that gin became the very trendy drink that it is today. With many different brands and popular cocktails to choose from. Lucky for us, we don't need to go anywhere near gin lane, clean straw or otherwise to indulge in a drink of gin.




THE GIN SMASHER COCKTAIL

Serve this drink in a tall glass (slim jim).

Ingredients:

  • 50 ml of gin (your favorite)
  • 25 ml of cranberry juice
  • 50 ml of fresh grapefruit juice
  • crushed ice
  • grapefruit slices to garnish

Method:

Pour the liquid ingredients over the crushed ice and garnish with slices of grapefruit. Add a few straws and you've got a real smasher.

A Famous Quote:

"WORK IS THE CURSE OF THE DRINKING CLASS."


The White Lady
The White Lady

THE WHITE LADY COCKTAIL

As with The Blue Lady Cocktail serve in a flute or martini glass.

Ingredients:

  • 100 ml gin
  • 100 ml cointreau
  • fresh lemon juice
  • ice

Method:

Put all the ingredients in your shaker. Shake well and strain into your glass.

Bartender's Tip:

Be posh and add a curl of lemon peel. Run your potato peeler over a lemon, peeling away a strip of skin without the pith. Tie the peel in a little loose knot. Presto, you have a curl.

A Little Gin History:

Gin was and still is, quoted as mothers ruin. The horrible fact: gin was associated with self and back street abortions. Hence the ruin of the mother, as of course so many died. The thought behind it, believe it or not, was that juniper (the berry) was supposed to bring on a miscarriage. To day thank all our gods for choices and education.

A Gin Drink For Friends

There is nothing better than a cocktail or two with friends. I always seem to get to the third and forth cocktail with very little difficulty which is why I keep adding gin cocktails to this hub.


THE FRANKLIN COCKTAIL

I recommend a martini glass for this drink. Any other glass simply wouldn't do.

Ingredients:

  • 150 ml of ice cold gin
  • 15 ml dry vermouth
  • to serve
  • 2 green olives or a twist of lemon to serve (a thin strip of the peel no pith and tie)

Method:

Swirl the vermouth around the inside of the chilled martini glass. Pour in ice cold gin. Add the olives or the lemon twist.


A Great Summer Cocktail

The sun is shining. The sky is blue and all you need is a drink or two. Well even if the sun isn't shining, you will like this next drink.

A GIN TWIST COCKTAIL

Serve this drink in a slim jim.

Ingredients:

  • 100 ml gin
  • 100 ml french dry vermouth
  • soda water to top up
  • crushed ice.
  • fresh mint and a twist of lemon peel to serve

Method:

Pour the gin and vermouth over the ice. Top with soda water and garnish with mint and lemon twist.

Bartender's Tip:

To add a little twist to this drink replace the vermouth with pimm's and serve with cucumber sticks and fresh mint.

THE MAIDEN'S BLUSH COCKTAIL

Serve this drink in a cocktail glass.

Ingredients:

  • ice cubes
  • 75 ml measure of gin
  • 30 ml measure of Pernod
  • 30 ml measure of grenadine

Method:

Put all the ingredients into your shaker. Shake, strain and pour into your glasses.

I am on a Pernod and gin mix today, so here's another good one. The only draw back with this drink is, it looks more like what you should drink after a gin fix not during one.

KNOCKOUT COCKTAIL

Serve this drink in a chilled whiskey tumbler.

Ingredients:

  • ice cubes
  • 50 ml measure dry vermouth
  • 25 ml white creme de menthe
  • 100 ml gin
  • 15 ml Pernod
  • slices of lemon

Method:

Pour the first four ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake, strain and pour into glasses. Add the Pernod and slice of lemon.

GIN MOON COCKTAIL

Serve this drink in a champagne flute.

Ingredients:

  • ice cubes
  • 50 ml gin
  • 25 ml cherry brandy
  • 25 ml orange juice (carton will do on less you have the time to pick and squeeze)
  • a good splash of grenadine
  • sparkling wine to top

Method:

Put all the ingredients into a shaker. By now you know how to shake rattle and roll your shaker. Strain, pour and top with sparkling wine.


© 2009 Gabriel Wilson

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