5 Best Gin Cocktails You Can Make at Home

Gin is an alcoholic spirit that was originally used medicinally by monks throughout Europe, but nowadays it’s a hot favourite among many. As popular as it is, have you ever done anything with it besides topping it with tonic water and a spritz of lime? If not, it’s time to upgrade. Here are our top 5 gin cocktails.

Blood Orange-mint Gin Fizz

A traditional gin fizz calls for gin, club soda, simple syrup, lemon and egg white. Here, we trade lemon for blood orange and use it to infuse an herbal simple syrup, plus use prosecco for bubbles instead of club.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice (about 12 large oranges)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 shot gin
  • 2 shots Blood Orange-Mint Syrup
  • Splash of prosecco

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the blood orange juice to a boil. Simmer the juice until it has reduced to about 1 cup, 5 to 6 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar and return the mixture to a boil, stirring gently to dissolve the sugar. When the sugar is fully dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the mint. Cool to room temperature.
  3. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake the gin with the syrup. Strain into a glass and finish with a healthy splash of prosecco. Store leftover syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Big-Batch Pink Negronis

The Negroni stars gin, vermouth and Campari, a bittersweet Italian apéritif that has notes of citrus, cherry and warm spices. By swapping in Lillet Blanc, a French botanical-infused wine, its overall flavor turns sweeter and more floral.

Ingredients (8 servings)

  • 2 cups gin
  • 1 cup Lillet Blanc
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup Campari
  • 2 teaspoons bitters
  • Lemon slices and edible flowers, for garnishing

Instructions

  1. Add the gin, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, Campari and bitters to an ice-filled pitcher and stir until combined and very cold, about 30 seconds.
  2. Carefully pour through a small fine-mesh strainer into eight cocktail glasses and garnish each with lemon slices and edible flowers.

Boozy Lemonade Granita

Vodka is distilled many times to get the cleanest, most adaptable flavor possible. That’s why vodka can be mixed with just about anything. But using gin in its place—say, in this three-ingredient summer sipper—makes for a more complex cocktail.

Ingredients (10 to 12 servings)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (or skip this and the above and use 3 cups prepared lemonade)
  • ½ cup gin

Instructions

  • In a small pot, combine the water with the sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the liquid reduces slightly and makes a thick syrup, 5 to 6 minutes (the sugar should be fully dissolved). Cool to room temperature.
  • Combine the cooled syrup with the lemon juice. Stir in the vodka or gin. Transfer the mixture to a medium-size shallow baking dish. Transfer to the freezer and freeze until solid, at least 2 to 3 hours, or overnight.
  • Once the mixture is frozen, scrape it with a fork to create small icy pieces. Spoon the granita into serving vessels and serve immediately.

Sage Bee’s Knees

This refreshing drink gets its name from the honey simple syrup it’s sweetened with. If you want to up the herbal ante, drop the sage leaves in the syrup while it’s simmering instead of just adding them before shaking the cocktail.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 1½ ounces gin
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce honey syrup
  • 3 fresh sage leaves, divided
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Make honey syrup by bringing the honey and water to a simmer in a small saucepan until the honey dissolves. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Combine the gin with the lemon juice, ½ ounce honey syrup and 2 sage leaves in a cocktail shaker; stir to dissolve the honey syrup.
  3. Fill the shaker halfway with ice and shake until thoroughly chilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Press the remaining sage leaf between your hands over the glass and then drop it into the drink. Serve immediately.

Strawberry Melon Elderflower Pimm’s Cup

Aka summer in a glass. Think fresh cucumber, strawberries and melon topped with Pimm’s, lemon juice and ginger beer. Feel free to substitute ginger ale, flavored seltzer or club for ginger beer.

Ingredients

  • 4 cucumber slices
  • 2 strawberries sliced
  • 4 melon balls
  • 2-3 lemons slices
  • Fresh thyme and mint, for serving
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Ginger beer, for topping
  • Crushed ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces Elderflower liquor
  • 3 ounces Pimms No 1

Instructions

  1. Add everything to a glass, bowl, or giant pitcher. Yes, it’s as simple as that.
  2. If you wanted to take things a step further, you could soak the fruits in the boozy mix for a few hours before serving for some serious flavour.
  3. To garnish the cocktail, add some fresh thyme, mint, and flowers.