Last Updated on March 15, 2021 by Fiona Maclean
Easy Gin Cocktails to Make at Home
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When you want to make a cocktail at home, where do you start? For many of us, it’s as simple as a good, classic Gin and Tonic. Made with quality gin and artisan tonic it really is a first-class drink. But, there are plenty of other simple, gin-based cocktails which you should try. Many of them come with a fascinating history – the Gimlet, for example, was created to make drinking lime juice (to prevent scurvy) more palatable for sailors. And even the humble tonic water was introduced as a method of helping people take quinine to treat malaria. Each of our reviews tells you a little about the origin of the cocktail.
Start by making sure you have a selection of gins. We’d suggest checking out the options at Master of Malt, where you’ll find everything from well-known brands through to smaller artisan makers like Silent Pool and Bathtub gin. Don’t discount the major brands – we always keep a bottle of Tanqueray and one of Gordons in our drinks cabinet. Other basic ingredients we’d recommend you keep in your store cupboard include a range of good mixers, cocktail garnishes such as Opies cherries, lemon slices, cocktail onions and gherkins. Fresh lemon and lime are also essential – and I’d recommend making yourself a batch of simple syrup.
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After that, it’s a matter of taste. We’ve picked some of our favourite cocktails – mostly classics or classics with a twist – to share with you here. Starting with a simple Gin and Tonic and working through drinks like the negroni or the gimlet to longer drinks like a gin fizz.
Here are a few ideas to get you started