How to Drink Gin

By Dawn Roberts

Gin is an alcohol that derives its flavor from juniper berries. Here, we will look at some of the classic ways people drink this classic spirit and give you recipes to make these cocktails your own.

Try one of these classic gin cocktail recipes.

Gin and Tonic

Glass with ice.

Step 1

Fill a highball glass with ice.

Gin poured into glass.

Step 2

Measure an ounce of gin and pour into glass.

Lime Juice poured into glass.

Step 3

Measure 0.25 ounces of lime juice and pour into glass.

Add tonic.

Step 4

Measure 3 ounces of tonic and pour into glass.

Ready to serve.

Step 5

Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

Tom Collins

Fill shaker with ice.

Step 6

Fill a bar shaker halfway with ice.

Pour in ingredients.

Step 7

Add 1.25 ounces gin, 1 ounce of lemon or lime juice and 1 teaspoon of sour mix.

Shake ingredients.

Step 8

Shake well.

Splash of club soda.

Step 9

Fill a Collins glass with ice. Strain contents of shaker into Collins glass. Add a splash of club soda to the glass.

Ready to drink!

Step 10

Stir well and garnish with a maraschino cherry and a slice of orange.

Gin Fizz

Ice goes into shaker.

Step 11

Fill shaker halfway with ice.

Add lime juice.

Step 12

Add 1 ounce lime juice to shaker.

Powdered sugar.

Step 13

Add 1 teaspoon powdered sugar.

Gin poured into glass.

Step 14

Add 1 1/2 ounces of gin.

Serve up in martini glass.

Step 15

Shake and strain into a martini glass. Top it off with carbonated water and stir.


Chill shaker with ice.

Step 16

Fill shaker halfway with ice.

Chill glass while preparing the drink.

Step 17

Fill cocktail glass with ice and allow to sit while assembling drink.

Add gin.

Step 18

Add 2 ounces gin.

Vermouth poured into shaker.

Step 19

Add two dashes of dry vermouth.

Dump out ice from glass.

Step 20

Dump ice out of martini glass and discard ice.

Pour into glass.

Step 21

Strain contents of shaker into martini glass.

Garnish and serve.

Step 22

Garnish with a cocktail onion.

Dry Martini

Chill shaker.

Step 23

Fill a shaker halfway with ice.

Add vermouth to drink glass and swish around.

Step 24

Pour 1 1/2 ounces dry vermouth into a cocktail glass.

Discard vermouth.

Step 25

Pour vermouth out of martini glass and discard vermouth.

Add gin to shaker.

Step 26

Pour 2 1/2 ounces gin into shaker.

Shake and pour into glass.

Step 27

Strain contents of shaker into martini glass.

Add olive as garnish.

Step 28

Garnish with an olive or lemon twist.