10 Easy Gin Drinks to Make at Home

updated Jul 27, 2020
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Gin is a spirit you either love or you hate. Some are turned off by its classic juniper notes, claiming it tastes too piney and therefore Christmasy. Others, myself included, embrace gin’s rich botanical nose. In my opinion, a splash from a good bottle (I love classic Tanqueray or cucumber-forward Hendrick’s) doesn’t need much more than a few glugs of tonic water and squeeze of lime to turn it into a refreshing cocktail. But that really is just the beginning. There are a handful of well-loved traditional gin drinks, as well as newfangled ones that are worth adding to your happy hour repertoire. Here are 10 to know.

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Classic Gin Martini
If you're on Team Gin when it comes to your perfect martini, here is your recipe.
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The Gin Sour
With just gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup, it doesn't get anymore straightforward than this classic cocktail.
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The Gimlet
Swap the lemon juice with lime juice in your gin sour and you have yourself a gimlet.
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Cucumber Gin & Tonic Pitcher Cocktail
This pitcher version of a gin and tonic recipe adds muddled cucumbers to the mix for extra refreshment.
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Classic Negroni
The combination of four simple ingredients — Campari, sweet vermouth, gin, and orange peel — is seriously the perfect sip.
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Blood Orange French 75
This twist on the classic French 75 is refreshing and lightly fizzy with a hint of sweetness.
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Rosé, Gin & Pink Peppercorn Pitcher Cocktail
Don't wait for fresh cranberries to be in season to make this pink-hued drink — you can easily skip the garnish.
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Strawberry Gin Smash
Feel free to use other fresh berries in place of or in addition to the strawberries here — blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries are all great.
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Afternoon Gin Tea
This unique cocktail is made with Lapsang Souchong, a smoked Chinese tea with mild citrus notes.
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The Aviation
Creme de violette is a liqueur you might not keep around but it lends a lovely lavender hue to this twist on a gin sour.
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