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Drink in Style with Classic Gin Cocktails

Updated on July 18, 2017

Drink gin in style with a classic cocktail. Whether it's a black tie affair or blue collar lunch, every gentleman welcomes a classic drink in his hand. Women appreciate these drinks as well. Serve a touch of cocktail class at any shower, party or gathering. Classic gin cocktails have no limits.

Count Camillo Negroni

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In 1919 at Bar Casoni (now Giacosa Café) in Florence, Italy, Count Camillo Negroni asked for dry gin instead of soda water in his Americano cocktail. After mixing the drink, bartender Fosco Scarselli placed an orange peel garnish on the rim of the glass to signify its uniqueness, and the Negroni was born. The drink became a neighborhood favorite, and quickly gained worldwide popularity.

The bitter yet perfectly balanced Negroni cocktail is created by combining equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. These three flavors unite resulting in a unique, sophisticated taste. Salty hors d'oeuvres are a necessary complement to balance the celebratory pucker of this bold cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounce Campari
  • 1 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1 orange peel
  • ice cubes
  • chilled old fashioned glass

Instructions

  1. Pour all liquids into ice filled cocktail mixing glass.
  2. Stir for 40 seconds.
  3. Add ice to old fashioned glass.
  4. Pour stirred cocktail into old fashioned glass.
  5. Garnish with orange peel.

Negroni: "The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other."

— Orson Welles

French 75

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The French 75 debuted in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris. It was named after patrons said the drink kicked like a French 75 shotgun. This full bodied drink is made by combining gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in an ice filled cocktail shaker, then straining it into a champagne or Collins glass. The glass is then topped off with champagne, and garnished with a single lemon wedge or orange peel twist. This classic cocktail is bubbly, crisp and clean, with a refreshing flavor. It is perfect for a hot summer day, or as a celebratory drink in place of simple champagne.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces dry sparkling wine (such as brut champagne), chilled
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • champagne flute

Instructions

  1. Pour gin, simple syrup and lemon juice into cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice to shaker, and shake vigorously for 20 seconds.
  3. Strain into chilled champagne flute, and top with sparkling wine.
  4. Using zester or paring knife, slice peel from lemon in long, thin spiral.
  5. Curl lemon peel around finger to create twist at least 6 inches long.
  6. Garnish with lemon peel twist, and serve immediately.

Ramos Gin Fizz

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Henry C. Ramos created his version of the gin fizz in 1888 at his New Orleans saloon, the Imperial Cabinet. The luscious Ramos Gin Fizz has a magical floral flavor, and unique, airy consistency. It has a long list of ingredients that includes: gin, orange flower water, cold seltzer, fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice, heavy cream, superfine sugar and an egg white. Give your friends a gift by mastering the mix of this tricky drink.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon superfine sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon orange flower water
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 ounce cold seltzer
  • 2 cups cracked ice
  • chilled highball glass

Instructions

  1. Combine lime juice, lemon juice, and sugar in a cocktail shaker, and stir to dissolve.
  2. Add gin, heavy cream, orange flower water and egg white.
  3. Cover and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  4. Add cracked ice, and shake vigorously for about 45 more seconds.
  5. Strain into a highball glass, and top off with seltzer.

Prior to Prohibition, the popular Ramos Gin Fizz, with its 12-minute mixing time, required an excess of 20 Imperial Cabinet bartenders to work simultaneously, making nothing but the Ramos Gin Fizz.

Martinez

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The Martinez became prominent at approximately the same time period as the Martini, and is widely thought (although unfounded) to be the Martini's father. Both cocktails emerged in the late 1860s to early 1870s, with many claims to their origins throughout the years. A probable theory is that the Martinez originated in Martinez, California where it changed hands of numerous bartenders until it reached its present day form. This classy drink has a complicated yet well balanced taste, and is likely to have included sweet vermouth, Old Tom Gin and maraschino, in its original form.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Old Tom style gin
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 teaspoon maraschino liqueur
  • 2 dashes bitters (preferably Bitter Truth Aromatic Blend)
  • 2 cups ice
  • lemon peel
  • chilled cocktail glass

Instructions

  1. Combine gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, bitters and ice in a large glass.
  2. Stir for 15 seconds.
  3. Strain into chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with twisted lemon peel strip.

Gin Martini

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The Gin Martini is noted on record prior to the mid eighteenth century; however, its actual origin has not been classified. This drink is the embodiment of a classic cocktail that defines classy.

Throughout the years the Gin Martini has been a trademark drink for famous names such as James Bond, Clark Gable and Ernest Hemingway. It consists of dry gin and dry vermouth that is smoothly poured into a Martini glass. Large pitted green olives garnish this drink, and completes the classic look.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
  • Large pitted green olives
  • chilled Martini glass

Instructions

  1. Pour dry vermouth into chilled martini glass, and swirl to coat the inside of glass. Dispose of excess vermouth.
  2. Pour gin into a shaker filled with ice.
  3. Stir, then strain into chilled martini glass.
  4. Garnish with large pitted green olives.

A man must defend his home, his wife, his children, and his martini.

— Jackie Gleason

The Finishing Touch

For the perfect finishing touch, serve classic gin drinks with themed napkins and garnishes on cocktail swords. Add salty hors d'oeuvres to the side for a perfect companion. Finger sandwiches and warm salted nuts pair perfectly with these classic cocktails.


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    • liladybugz26 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael M Ryhn 

      3 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      You are most welcome Boom Zamora. Thank you!

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      Boom Zamora 

      3 years ago

      wow wanna know ur cocktail drinks. thankyou

    • liladybugz26 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael M Ryhn 

      4 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Thank you so much Elsie!

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      You sure know your cocktail drinks. I'm not a gin drinker at all, but I do like a brandy and ginger ale occasionally.

    • liladybugz26 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael M Ryhn 

      4 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Wow! Thank you - much appreciated.

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      Alfred Amuno 

      4 years ago from Kampala

      Well illustrated.

    • liladybugz26 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rachael M Ryhn 

      4 years ago from Cambridge, MN

      Thank you so much!

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      Anna Haun 

      4 years ago from USA

      Very nice article, enjoyed reading it.

      Annie

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