Essential Gin Cocktails Every Man Should Know How to Make

On this episode of “Classic Cocktails You Should Know How to Make,” we’ll be exploring the wonderful world of gin. Fresh, herbal, and super versatile, a good bottle of gin goes a lot further than making a humble gin and tonic.

And so, here are five essential gin cocktails every man should know how to make.

Gin Martini

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  • 2 ¾ oz Gin
  • ¾ oz Dry Vermouth

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir to combine. Strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a lemon twist or olives.

Gin Gimlet

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  • 2 oz Gin
  • ¾ oz Lime
  • ¾ oz Simple Syrup

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Gin Rickey

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  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz fresh Lime Juice
  • Club soda to top

Fill a highball glass with ice and add in gin and lime juice. Stir to combine and top with club soda.


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  • 1 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth

Combine all ingredients in mixing glass, add ice, and stir. Strain into a chilled rocks glass and garnish with an orange twist.

French 75

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  • 1 oz Gin
  • ¾ oz Lemon
  • 1 oz Simple Syrup
  • 3 oz Champagne

Add all ingredients except champagne to shaker and add ice. Shake vigorously until the tin is frosted over. Strain into a champagne flute with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

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