Gin is the perfect spirit for a cocktail. More flavour than vodka, more varieties than rum and more adaptable than whiskey. From 50 year old classics to new and funky kids on the block, there´s a gin cocktail for everyone.
The classics are classics for a reason. But with the right gear, and some practice, they are all doable.
But some of these cocktail champions, are on another level!
Gin (NOT VODKA!), vermouth, lemon or olives to garnish.
Where this classic of classic gins came from, is still a bit hazy. 1870 has been banded about as the first time it was mixed. But what is certain, is that James Bond got it wrong. It´s to be stirred, not shaken. The vermouth when shaken can make the drink go cloudy.
And even that, is something of a talking point. Some say, it is to be stirred three times only, and slowly. Other gin barmen will tell you less, or not at all.
The Vermouth is a point of debate too. Sweet or dry? Dry is favoured.
Not to be confused with a Dry or Wet Martini. Those terms refer to the amount of Vermouth in the overall drink. Dry being less Vermouth, wet being more.
The ratio. Again, it´s changed over the years. It used to 3:1, then 4:1. But now there is a trend for equal parts, which makes for one strong Martini!
But, let the experts guide you! And hell, just experiment to taste.
TAKES ON A CLASSIC DRY MARTINI
Another classic gin cocktail with varied origins. Most likely Italy around the 1920s. It is ´usually´ made up of equal parts of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. And garnished with orange peel. And is rather delicious. For a cocktail of such delicate flavours, it is drunk by alot of men, and is usually served in a tumbler glass, over ice, as the perfect aperatif before a meal.
See for yourself!
HEAVY NEGRONI (more gin)
This classic gin cocktail is simple, but needs the right quality of gin and essentially, freshly squeezed lime juice. But there are bartenders that insist it has to be Plymouth gin and some say it has to be Rose´s lime juice. The origins go back to the 20s when it was first mentioned and the name may have been derived in homage to the Surgeon Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette (1857-1943), who is said to have first added lime cordial to the daily gin tot of the men of the Royal Navy to help combat scurvy on long voyages.
But first, how to make that all essential lime juice!
THE TOM COLLINS
Again the origins of this drink go way back. It´s a very simple cocktail, with fresh ingredients a must, lemon juice, sugar and syrup topped with soda.
It used to be a classic morning drink, yes, you can drink gin before midday, you have our permission! A really good hair of the dog drink. It used to use sweet Genever gin, but then in the States in the 1870s, Old Tom Gin was introduced and that has stuck to this day.
Old Tom gin is a sweeter version of its son, London Dry gin. Haymans Old Tom gin is very good in this cocktail.
CLASSIC OLD TOM COLLINS
THE WHITE LADY
One of our favourite cocktails using gin. Its origins go back to the 20s and 30s with various claims between bartenders from Paris and London. But the 1930s The Savoy Cocktail Book had it in, using Cointreau, lemon juice and gin, but by the 40s in States, an egg white was added to give it a great fluffy creamy texture, and we like that best.
WHITE LADY (NEW YORK VERSION)
SUMMER GIN COCKTAILS
5 CLASSIC COCKTAILS ALL IN ONE VIDEO
Very well made classics here, with simple instructions. We like!
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