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!
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.
Find the best quality gin
Because the the best gin cocktails are so simple, it’s all about quality. Here’s a life motto for you: The better the gin, the better the drink. The easiest way to tell if a gin is high quality? Don’t buy the cheapest gin on the shelf. Try to invest in a mid-price range gin: the drink will only taste as good as the gin you invest in!
Or, try to find some local gin! If you live in a city that has local distilleries, see if you can find gin that’s distilled locally. For all of these gin drinks we used gin from 8th Day Distillery here in Indianapolis. They are friends of ours who are doing great things for local spirits (if you’re local to Indianapolis, check out their tasting room too).
Ready for our best gin cocktails?
Looking for the best gin cocktail recipe? Try a refreshing Gin Fizz: it’s sweet, tangy, and has a frothy egg white foam topping.
- 1/2 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*)
- 1/4 cup soda water
- Place the gin, maple syrup, lemon juice, and egg white in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and shake.
- 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
Looking for more cocktails and drinks?
Outside of these gin cocktails, here are a few more of our favorite drink recipes:
- Best Frose Recipe (Frozen Rosé)
- Strawberry Daiquiris
- Watermelon Smoothie
- Blackberry Margarita
- Frozen Hot Chocolate
- Virgin Piña Colada
- Best Moscow Mule Recipe
- Homemade Cold Brew Recipe
- Best Frozen Margarita Recipe
- Fruit Infused Water Recipe
- Frozen Sangria
- Favorite Whiskey Sour
- Kombucha Recipe
- BEST Classic Margarita
- Lemonade Slushie
- Simple Lemon Margarita
- Strawberry Margarita with Lime Ice
- Cucumber Lemon Water
- Lime Water with Mint
- Watermelon Juice
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.