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.

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Try one of these classic gin cocktail recipes.

Gin and Tonic

Step 1

Fill a highball glass with ice.

Step 2

Measure an ounce of gin and pour into glass.

Step 3

Measure 0.25 ounces of lime juice and pour into glass.

Step 4

Measure 3 ounces of tonic and pour into glass.

Step 5

Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

Tom Collins

Step 1

Fill a bar shaker halfway with ice.

Step 2

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

Step 3

Shake well.

Step 4

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

Step 5

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

Gin Fizz

Step 1

Fill shaker halfway with ice.

Step 2

Add 1 ounce lime juice to shaker.

Step 3

Add 1 teaspoon powdered sugar.

Step 4

Add 1 1/2 ounces of gin.

Step 5

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

Gibson

Step 1

Fill shaker halfway with ice.

Step 2

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

Step 3

Add 2 ounces gin.

Step 4

Add two dashes of dry vermouth.

Step 5

Dump ice out of martini glass and discard ice.

Step 6

Strain contents of shaker into martini glass.

Step 7

Garnish with a cocktail onion.

Dry Martini

Step 1

Fill a shaker halfway with ice.

Step 2

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

Step 3

Pour vermouth out of martini glass and discard vermouth.

Step 4

Pour 2 1/2 ounces gin into shaker.

Step 5

Strain contents of shaker into martini glass.

Step 6

Garnish with an olive or lemon twist.