10 gin cocktails you can make in minutes
Shake up your drinks repertoire by giving gin the star treatment. Our quick and easy cocktail recipes can be created in moments, giving you more time to party.
Gin is more popular than ever, so it’s a good time to learn some simple serving options to take it to another dimension altogether. You don’t need any fancy equipment for my speedy cocktails – even a jam jar will do as a shaker. It’s all about the love you put into the preparation.
To get you started, here are a few tips to boost your cocktail-making confidence:
As a general rule, I recommend using 50ml of gin for each cocktail unless otherwise stated. If using a liqueur too, I tend to drop to 40ml gin and use 10ml of the liqueur. Use fresh citrus juice and balance 20ml of that to 15ml of sugar syrup that’s been made from equal parts sugar and water (you’ll find a recipe at the bottom of the page).
Short and fragrant. Big love to legendary bartender Dick Bradsell, the creator.
20ml sugar syrup
20ml lemon juice
10ml crème de mure
Berries or lemon zest for garnish
Take a large measure of dry gin and shake together with the lemon and sugar syrup, pour over crushed ice and drizzle the crème de mure through the drink. Garnish with a lemon zest or some fresh seasonal berries. A true party pleaser.
Party time! This one uses smaller amounts of spirits to allow the fizz flavor to flourish.
10ml orange liqueur
Fizz of your choice
Mix the gin, orange liqueur and lemon juice in a flute and top with chilled bubbly. Continue to party like it’s 2099.
Fresh and fruity. If you’ve not made your own elderflower cordial, you can buy it from most big supermarkets now.
10ml sugar syrup
10ml elderflower cordial
Soda to finish
Shake up the gin with the lemon, sugar and a dash of elderflower cordial. Pour over rock ice and lengthen with sparkling water. Decorate with a sprig of your favorite herb. If you’re feeling like a true vagabond then top with sparkling wine to make an Elderflower Royale.
Give wonderfully wintery sloe gin a mean cocktail kick.
50ml sloe gin
20ml egg whites
Shake together the sloe gin, lemon, sugar syrup, a rosemary sprig and the fresh egg white with ice. Then, shake without the ice to ensure maximum frothage. Serve straight up in a wine glass with a slapped rosemary sprig aloft.
Italians believe you need to drink three of these before you begin to enjoy them (not in one night though):
Pour the gin, sweet vermouth and Campari into your favorite rocks glass over ice. Stir it down to your preferred taste. Then, zest the orange with true Italian flair over the glass and add the citrus to the potion. Forget minutes – you can make this in seconds…
Stirred NOT shaken.
Vermouth to taste
Your chosen garnish
A Martini all about personal preference. The key elements to success are ensuring your vermouth is fresh, gin is quality and the garnish is appetizing. Stir your required amount of gin (here I’ve used 60ml) with however much dry vermouth you like: the more you use the more herbal it will be. Stir to taste – it’s about finding the perfect dilution. Don’t be afraid to garnish your masterpiece with something that might seem peculiar either – personally I take two pickled onions. Ensure your glass is frozen and the liquid smooth. James Bond, who?
Tiki-style. This one has a quadruple booze hit. You can buy almond syrup online – the most common brand is Monin, which is used to flavour coffee as well as cocktails.
40ml orange juice
20ml lemon juice
15ml almond syrup
Combine the gin, brandy, rum, freshly-squeezed orange and lemon juice then add the almond syrup to really funk things up. Shake well and add the touch of sherry to top. Garnish with anything fun you can lay your hands on and serve tall over ice.
The headline act. A gin and tonic evolves into something far more complex wih the right twists.
Lots of ice
A big copa glass (a large, balloon-shaped glass)
Natural tonic water
Your favorite garnishes
Celebrate this piece of heritage with a glorious service, always using one part gin to two parts tonic. Check out my favorite makeover blends by reading my guide to 10 gin and tonics with a twist.
Also known as a mojito, gin-style.
15ml sugar syrup,
6-8 mint leaves.
Drop the gin, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and the mint leaves into your shaker then get your arms moving. Fine strain it into a posh Martini glass that’s been chilled. Hold the ice. Garnish with one slapped mint leaf.
Bring one part sugar and one part water together and heat in a pan. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved. If you want to go the extra mile, you can flavor this with fresh herbs, citrus zest and spices.