4 gin cocktails we can’t get enough of

Step away from your classic G&T and have a fling with your gin – here’s four gin cocktails to jazz up your favourite tipple 

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Jazz up your favourite tipple with these gin cocktails

The popularity of gin is showing no signs of slowing down. Go to any stylish bar and you’ll notice a row of elegant bottles containing variations of the juniper-based spirit. Here we show you how to recreate the mixologist experience at home with four delicious recipes for gin cocktails. 

Each one has been picked by John Farrell, the North England chair of the United Kingdom Bartenders’ Guild. John says: “For each of these recipes I use Slingsby London dry gin, which is made with locally-sourced botanicals.”

1. Negroni

This iconic Italian cocktail is often drunk as an aperitif


  • 30ml Campari
  • 30ml gin
  • 30ml sweet vermouth
  • Soda water (optional)


  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice and pour over the ingredients 
  2. Add soda if required
  3. Garnish with a slice of orange dropped into the drink

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2. French 75

A popular and classic champagne cocktail


  • 20ml gin
  • 20ml fresh lemon juice
  • Dash gomme syrup
  • Champagne


  1. Pour all the ingredients, except the champagne, into a shaker
  2. Strain into a champagne flute
  3. Top up with champagne

3. Singapore Sling

This beverage has always been synonymous with the famous Raffles Hotel in Singapore 


  • 20ml gin
  • 20ml cherry brandy
  • 10ml Cointreau
  • 10ml Benedictine
  • 10ml fresh lime juice
  • 70ml fresh orange juice
  • 70ml pineapple juice


  1. Put ice into a shaker and pour in all the ingredients 
  2. Strain into a highball filled with ice
  3. Garnish with a slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry

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4. Gibson

A variation on the classic martini


  • 90ml gin
  • Dash dry vermouth


  1. Get a mixing glass with ice and pour in the gin 
  2. Add the dry vermouth
  3. Strain into a cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with a white pearl onion in the drink

The United Kingdom Bartenders’ Guild run events and provides bar and cocktail training courses.

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