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Think out of the box with these uber-cool gin cocktails

Think out of the box with these uber-cool gin cocktails

A well-made gin and tonic is one life’s great pleasures. But a change is as good as a holiday, right?


The second-most famous gin cocktail of all needs no introduction, and we believe it’s best stirred NOT shaken. (No offense, 007). While the exact quantities are a matter of personal preference, it’s essential to use good quality gin and fresh vermouth. Don’t be afraid to play around with the garnish either: pickled onions are a funky alternative to boring olives.

You’ll need:

60ml gin
Vermouth to taste
Garnish of your choice

Add the gin and Vermouth to an ice-cold Martini glass and stir gently before popping in the garnish. If this all sounds like too much effort, simply follow Noel Coward’s advice: “A perfect martini should be made by filling a glass with gin and then waving it in the general direction of Italy.”

Tom Collins

This refreshing summer drink has been around since the 1800s – in fact it made an appearance in the first bar-tending book ever printed. You can’t argue with that!

You’ll need:

45ml gin

30 ml lemon juice

15ml sugar syrup

Soda water

A lemon

Pour the gin, lemon juice, and sugar syrup in into a tall glass with plenty of ice. Stir thoroughly and top with soda water before garnishing with a slice of lemon.


This Italian classic is something of an acquired taste: apparently you need to try the Negroni three times before you’re hooked. There’s no denying that this bitter drink isn’t for everyone, but at least it’ll give you something to talk about when the conversation goes flat…

You’ll need:

25ml gin
25ml vermouth
25ml Campari
1 orange

Pour the gin, sweet vermouth and Campari into a hefty tumbler filled with ice. Stir well before garnishing with a twist of orange peel. If you’re feeling festive add a splash of Champagne or Prosecco.


Yes, yes, we know. The Southside is a gin-based imitation of the famous Mojito, but don’t knock it till you’ve tried it. We reckon the aromatic gin adds a really great twist to this Cuban classic, and we think you’ll agree…

You'll need:

50ml gin,
20ml lime
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 and garnish with single mint leaf.

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