Travel Our Favorite Gin Cocktails From Around the World
This is the perfect mocktail for dry January
The New Year is chock-full of plans to start anew, and those resolutions usually follow a theme of eating healthier, exercising more and yes, drinking less alcohol. It's been a crazy year, and we certainly don't blame anyone for wanting to unwind with a cold beer or a cocktail, but if you're participating in dry January, that isn't an option. But that doesn't mean you have to forego your favorite drinks. This virgin Moscow mule has all the flavors of a classic cocktail, sans the alcohol.
I don’t like to play favorites—except when it comes to. In that case, gin is the clear frontrunner: It's light, yet interesting. Refreshing, yet 80 proof alcohol. It plays well with seltzer, but mixes nicely with stronger flavors like ginger.
Those who work intimately with this spirit will tell you that, when it comes to, it's all about keeping things simple so the gin itself can sing. “If you're a gin drinker, you definitely know what you like; you tend to stay with the classics,” says Linda Bassina, who runs the bar at the distillery in Bayfield, Wisconsin, a Native American-owned distillery that opened after a 184-year ban on Native American distilling was lifted in 2018. “And, and then just kind of play with your add ons, your fruits, your botanicals, your herbs, your herbals and then your mixers. They need to be high quality and pure.”
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One Negroni, hold the gin, coming up.In any normal year, it might be a tad easier to abstain from alcohol, eschewing outings to the local dive in favor of a night spent carving through another carton of ice cream. But these days, an evening streaming Netflix is hardly uncommon. So if you are partaking in Dry January but are searching for a workaround to still drink alcohol—without actually drinking alcohol—you'll want to check out this laundry list of some of the best non-alcoholic spirits and canned cocktails.
The easiest way to start mixing? We turn classic cocktails that sprung up around the globe over the years and have stood the test of time. Gin has deep roots, reaching back to the 11th century, when Benedictine monks in Salerno, Italy, whose monastery grew lush with juniper trees, distilled something similar for medicinal purposes. In more recent centuries, we associate gin most closely with England, where gin production surged during the mid 18th-century during “” Suffice to say, there's plenty of inspiration to find across the globe.
From Manhattan's classic martini, to a pink Singapore Sling and a fizzy French 75, below are eight great gin cocktails from around the world—plus, how to make them yourself.
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Mark your calendars: This Thursday is the first full moon of the year.Hendrick's Lunar Gin will offer a gentle spice, subtle floral notes, and a citrus finish and is perfect to savor at home. The point of the Lunar Gin is to celebrate the full moon and what it represents heading into a brand new year. The brand also wants to encourage drinkers to"moonbathe" underneath the light of the full moon while sipping on the new beverage. Hendrick's Ambassador to the United States Vance Henderson explained the tradition of moonbathing in a press release.
A classic New York City martini
No offense to vodka, but in my mind, the gin martini is the only martini. This iconic cocktail is said to havein in 1906, served by a bartender named Martini di Arma di Taggia, to John D. Rockefeller. For such a famous cocktail, there are quite a few ways it can be made. Shaken or stirred? Dry vermouth or sweet? Olive or lemon twist? Most martini drinkers have their preferences, but you can also just follow the Knickerbocker's original recipe: Combine two ounces of 10, ¾ ounces of and a ½ ounce of in a mixing glass, then add two dashes of . Add ice, stir, garnish, and serve.
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The negroni is famously part of Italiantradition, a pre-drink appetizer and drink before dinner, but the drink is one of our favorites at any hour, day or night. (It's not surprise that the negroni has become overwhelmingly popular outside of Italy in recent years.) Equal parts , , and sweet , this drink is the holy trinity. Combine all three ingredients, stir, then serve on the rocks with an orange peel.
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The gin and tonic
The gin and tonic is incredible popular (and, among the spectrum of gin cocktails, the least likely to bring on a pounding headache the following morning). “A gin and tonic is great because it really allows the gin to do what it's meant to do," says Ms. Lesley Gracie, the gin master distiller at Hendrick’s. "It allows you to taste the gin as opposed to all of the ingredients that are in [the drink].”
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Interestingly, though, the gin and tonic was born out of necessity, not pleasure: The British army stationed in India in the 19th century took to drinking quinine in their tonic water to prevent malaria. To mask the bitterness, they added gin, lime, sugar, and water to the mixture—and thus, the G&T was born.
Today, the standard ratio ranges from 1:1 gin to tonic, to 1:3 gin to tonic, stirred gently so as not to affect the carbonated tonic water, and then garnished with a lime wedge., which has subtle florals and soft citrus flavors, shines in this simple drink, according to Gracie.
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A British gimlet
The green concoction that is the British gimlet is packed with lime flavor. While lemon is often incorporated into the gin itself, lime complements the citruses rather than echoing them, for a delicious result.
Not unlike the gin and tonic, the gimlet came out of a need to prevent disease. British soldiers in the 19th century drank fruit juices to avoid scurvy caused by vitamin C deficiency. One Rear-Admiral Sir Thomas Desmond Gimlette is said to have spiked his lime juice with gin to improve upon it, and there you have it. This great summer sipper is good with fresh lime juice, or Rose’s lime juice, which has been used historically. To make your own gimlet, combine 2 ½ ounce, ¼ ounce fresh lime juice, ¼ ounce , and ½ ounce simple syrup. Stir, strain into a chilled martini glass, and garnish with a wheel of lime.
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A Singapore Sling
Another drink that began in a hotel bar, the Singapore Sling comes from Raffles Singapore’s. The drink's hot pink hue is purposeful—when the Singapore Sling came about in 1915, it was served to women who were not permitted to drink at the time, and disguised as a smoothie of sorts. Naturally, whispers spread among women near and far, and it became the drink of the day. Now, it's a must-order for anyone visiting , and fairly easy to make at home (though fair warning, the many ingredients needed for it will take up half your bar cart). Make this fruity drink with one ounce of , four ounces of pineapple juice, a ½ ounce of lime juice, ¼ ounce of , ¼ ounce of , ⅓ ounce of , ½ ounce of , and, finally, a dash of . Shake gently before straining into a hurricane glass filled with ice, and garnish the concoction with a fresh pineapple wedge and maraschino cherry.
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A New York City Gibson
A Gibson is your standard dry martini, but garnished with a cocktail onion instead of the usual olive or lemon twist. You may recall its recent appearance on The Queen’s Gambit, or its less recent one in Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest. Legend had it that the Gibson was first created in the early twentieth century when Charles Dana Gibson, maker of Gibson Girl illustrations, challenged a bartender at the Players Club into make a better martini. For a result that’s clean and crisp and bright, we like a gin like , which blends botanicals such as lemon, bitter orange, and grapefruit. (Pro stay-at-home tip: .)
Make a Streamlined Dirty Martini With Freezer-Cold Gin
I love drinking martinis—all kinds of martinis—but the salty, ice-cold dirty martini is my first gin-based love. They are particularly good when consumed in an inflatable hot tub, which is where I do most of my drinking these days. © Photo: Claire Lower Those are pickled green tomatoes and they rule. instagram-CL6Ar1bBIqq I do not, however, love leaving the hot tub to mix one.
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A Tom Collins
A Tom Collins is, in essence, a gin lemonade, made with just gin, lemon juice, syrup, and soda water. Originating in Britain many years ago,was traditionally used for its sweetness, though the more widely available is standard today. To make it the traditional way, combine two ounces of , one ounce of fresh lemon juice, and a ½ ounce of simple syrup in a . Fill with ice and top with club soda.
If you want to experiment further, the folks at Copper Crow distillery say this drink takes well to variations based on whatever's in season: “We're taking fresh lemon and orange juice and making our own syrup in house,” says Bassina. "So that, shaken with a little bit of egg whites—and we'll use Juniper tips just to keep things fresh and local.”
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A French 75
Controversially similar to the Tom Collins is the French 75. Gin, lemon juice, sugar, and setting it apart——make up this one, though the serving flute rather than a highball glass also helps it stand out. But hey, like the world’s great religions have much in common, so do the world’s great drinks. This one dates back to 1915, when it was served at the New York Bar in . In the midst of World War One, it was dubbed a Soixante Quinze because the drink felt as strong as the kick of a French 75mm field gun. To replicate, combine two ounces of , ¾ ounce lemon juice, and ¾ ounce simple syrup. Shake, and top with champagne.
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