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Drink in Style with Classy Gin Cocktails

Updated on April 30, 2016

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

Count Camillo's Negroni
Count Camillo's Negroni | Source

In the 1920s Count Camillo Negroni who hailed from Florence, Italy, regularly sipped on the Americano with Gin. This became popular with neighboring residents, and spread worldwide to become the Negroni Cocktail. The Negroni is a bitter-sweet drink made of gin, Campari and splashed with sweet vermouth. The resulting three flavors unite to give this drink a unique, sophisticated taste. Salty hors d'oeuvres are a necessary complement to balance the celebratory pucker of alcohol in this classy drink.

French 75
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The French 75 debuted at the New York Bar in 1915. It was named by patrons saying the drink kicked like a French 75 shotgun. This full-bodied drink is mixed with gin, Cointreau, champagne, lemon juice, and for some palates a pinch of sugar. The French 75 is served in a champagne or Collins glass, and is garnished with a single lemon wedge or orange peel twist. Its clean, crisp and refreshing bubbly flavor makes it the perfect drink for a hot summer day, or as a celebratory drink in place of simple champagne.

Henry C. Ramos Gin Fizz
Henry C. Ramos Gin Fizz | Source

Henry C. Ramos created his Gin Fizz version in 1888 at his New Orleans saloon, the Imperial Cabinet. The Henry C. Ramos Gin Fizz has a floral taste along with a unique consistency. This classy drink is created with 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.

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

Martinez
Martinez | Source

The Martinez and the Martini became prominent at approximately the same time period, and is widely believed by many (although unfounded) that the Martini was born from the Martinez. They are very similar classic cocktails however. Both cocktails emerged in the late 1860s to early 1870s, and there have been many claims to their origins throughout the years. A probable theory is that the Martinez originated in Martinez, California where it changed hands of multiple bartenders until it reached its present day form. The contents of the original recipe was likely to include sweet vermouth, Old Tom Gin and maraschino.

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

Serve these classic drinks with themed cocktail napkins and garnishes on cocktail swords for the perfect touch. Each drink requires a chilled glass. Hors d'œuvres serve as a perfect companion. Finger sandwiches and salted nuts pair perfectly with these classy cocktails.

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© 2013 Rachael Jones

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      Anna Haun 2 years ago from USA

      Very nice article, enjoyed reading it.

      Annie

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      Rachael Jones 2 years ago from Cambridge

      Thank you so much!

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      Alfred Amuno 2 years ago from Kampala

      Well illustrated.

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      Rachael Jones 2 years ago from Cambridge

      Wow! Thank you - much appreciated.

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      Elsie Hagley 2 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.

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      Rachael Jones 2 years ago from Cambridge

      Thank you so much Elsie!

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      Boom Zamora 24 months ago

      wow wanna know ur cocktail drinks. thankyou

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      Rachael Jones 18 months ago from Cambridge

      You are most welcome Boom Zamora. Thank you!

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