Wondering what to do with a bottle of gin? Here are the best gin cocktails that are refreshing and easy to make: gimlet, gin fizz and more!

Best gin cocktails

The other day, Alex and I got a bottle of gin from a local distillery. What to make with gin? We set about whipping up all the best gin cocktails we could find. I’ll be honest: gin used to remind me of the not-so-good gin and tonics of years ago. But turns out: a good bottle of gin makes incredible drinks (and they don’t give you a headache).

There’s the sweet tart Gin Fizz, with a magical fluffy foam that rises to the top. The French 75, a champagne cocktail with gin that’s sophisticated and festive. And then the Basil Gimlet, herbaceous and perfectly balanced. Truly, these gin cocktails will impress everyone: and they’re quick to mix up too!

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Gin fizz

Classic Gin Fizz

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks 1x


Looking for the best gin cocktail recipe? Try a refreshing Gin Fizz: it’s sweet, tangy, and has a frothy egg white foam topping.


  • ½ cup gin
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or simple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1 egg white (or for vegan, substitute 2 tablespoons aquafaba*)
  • ¼ cup soda water


  1. Place the gin, maple syrup, lemon juice, and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake.
  2. Pour the drink into two glasses and top with the soda water, which forms the egg white foam on top. Serve immediately.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Gin Cocktails, Gin Fizz

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Last updated: March 2021

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Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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  1. Hi there, I make this cocktail. The taste is splendid, however, the eggs whites we’re not as high as the image. Ours was a mm – what did i do wrong?