Classic Gin Cocktails

Flavorful and refreshing, Gin is an important ingredient of Classic Cocktails. Gin was fairly easy to produce, and during the Prohibition, overflowed in many a bathtub. These recipes for Classic Cocktails range from the simple — to some strange yet delicious concoctions with egg whites, or a variety of bitters.

Classic Gin Drinks are perfect for gatherings any time of the year!

Red Snapper

This gin cocktail is a classic eye opener.  Rather than a Bloody Mary, which uses vodka, this sister of the bloody mary uses Gin. 2 oz Gin Dash of Lemon juice (or lime) dash of Worcestershire sauce 2 or 3 drops Tabasco or your favorite hot sauce Over ice in a tall glass add tomato […]

Martini with Orange Bitters

This Gin Martini harkens back to the days with martinis were made with Gin…. and frequently mixed with a bitters of choice. Here is the classic combination of gin and orange. Gin Martini with Orange Bitters 2 ounces gin ½ ounce dry vermouth (or to taste) 1 dash orange bitters Combine all ingredients into a […]

Pegu Club Cocktail

This cocktail is an all-time favorite.  A bit like a margarita for gin lovers. Slightly sweet, a little sour, and all over delicious. Pegu Club Cocktail Recipe 2 ounces dry gin 1/2 ounce orange Curacao 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice 1 Dash Angostura Bitters 1 Dash Orange Bitters Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker […]

Bennett Cocktail

This cocktail originally called for Old Tom Gin, which is difficult to find these days.  Though once upon a time there were a number of drinks that used this slightly sweeter, column-still produced gin.  The best bet these days is to add a tad of simple syrup to Tanqueray gin, to reproduce the taste. Bennett […]

Dubonnet Cocktail

The recipe for this gin cocktail could not be simpler. 1 ounce of Dubonnet 1  ounce of gin Stir well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a ribbon of orange. ******* What is Dubbonet, you ask? It is a fortified wine, with the addition of herbs and quinine — that […]

Bronx Cocktail

A pre-prohibition cocktail. Bronx Cocktail Recipe 1 1/2 ounces gin 3/4  ounces sweet vermouth 1/2 ounce of dry vermouth 1 1/2 ounces orange juice In a shaker, shake all ingredients with ice.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Enjoy.


Tantalizingly bitter and slightly syrupy. This gorgeous red drink is a great apertiv. Negroni Recipe one ounce gin one ounce sweet vermouth one ounce campari Stir ingredients into a tumbler with ice, garnish with an orange twist.


A classic cocktail that is only slightly less intimidating than the name implies. Both sweet vermouth and the addition of strawberries give it its bloody hue — and a dash of sweetness. Bloodhound Cocktail Recipe 1 ounce gin 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth 1/2 ounce dry vermouth crushed strawberries Shake gin, and sweet and dry vermouth […]

Blackthorne Cocktail

Sloe Gin is used in many cocktail recipes. Here’s another classic. The Backthorne is another name for the sloe berry, the fruit which gives its name to sloe gin. Although the sloe is technically related to plums, it is known historically as a berry, because of its small size. In a tall glass, add: Fill […]

Greater New York Cocktail

While the Sloe Gin Fizz made Sloe Gin in the US famous, it isn’t the only way to imbibe this ruby red drink.  There are many recipes for sloe gin, here’s a classic one. 1 ounce of Plymouth Gin 1 ounce of Sloe Gin a dash or two of orange bitters Shake sloe gin and […]

Sloe Gin & Sloe Gin Fizz

The Sloe Gin Fizz is most certainly the greatest prodigy of Sloe Gin, that pinkish red concoction made of Sloe Berries. The sloe berry, sadly, is not grown in the US, and thus, authentic Sloe Gin is imported from its homeland in the  U.K. But don’t let this lack of native Sloe Gin stop you […]

Gin Sling — Recipe and History

A Gin Sling is an original cocktail. Some might even call it the Original American Cocktail, though that claim has long been disputed. Here’s a quip from the Oxford English Dictionary, from 1837. Yes, this drink has been around for a long long time.

1837 J. E. Alexander Narr. Voy. Observ. W. Afr. I. ix. 223 He invited us to take ‘gin sling’, or ‘cock-tail’, at the side-table.

Gin Smash

The classic Gin Smash is a cousin of the Mint Julep. It consists of muddled mint, gin, seltzer water, and is oh-so-refreshing on a hot summer day. I can barely imagine a more idyllic afternoon than a porch, some sun, and one of these in hand. Like lime and gin, Gin and mint are a […]

Lone Tree Gin Cocktail

The Lone Tree Cocktail is basically a gin martini with sweet vermouth rather than dry vermouth. Sweet vermouth has a red hue, so it adds a dramatic touch to the cocktail, as well as a sweet note.  Here’s the cocktail recipe. Ingredients: 1 1/2 Ounces Gin 3/4 Ounces Sweet Vermouth Ice Directions: In a cocktail […]

Gin Martini

A gin martini is not only  the classic martini, it is the original martini.  The martini of martinis. And it saddens us to know that most people prefer vodka martinis, instead.  In the world of gin vs. vodka, vodka sadly seems to have won. But I hope you have come here to learn how to […]

Gin and Tonic

The Gin drink of Gin drinks. Easy. Effortless. Delicious.

Aviation Cocktail

This classic cocktail uses several ingredients that are more difficult to find these days than 100 years ago – Creme de Violette and Maraschino Liqueur.  With the current craze for  cocktails, these classic cocktail ingredients are gaining popularity and can be found at a specialty liquor store or online. Creme de Violette, with its faint […]

Gin and Pine

Here is an intriguing concoction perfect for the Holidays.  Gin and Pine, basically gin briefly infused with pine wood. The directions, according to Jerry Thomas, in his book How to Mix Drinks: Split a piece of the heart of a green pine log into fine splints, about the size of a cedar lead-pencil, take 2 […]

Gin Fizz — Recipe and History

Here you’ll find the recipe for the Gin Fizz, as well as a wonderful literary adventure of the refreshing, seductive, and simple Gin Fizz.

Gin Rickey Recipe

This is a very easy gin recipe. Perhaps the EASIEST there is. And that, my friends, makes it a classic.

Gin Gimlet Recipe

Gin Gimlets are a delicious and easy classic cocktail. I find that gin fanatics and novices both tend to enjoy them very much. The lime makes them especially refreshing on a hot evening.