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Gin Cocktails All Bartenders Should Know

This versatile derivative of the juniper berry has been inspiring bartenders since the Middle Ages. It is now one of the most essential white spirits in bartending, and features in a range of timeless and innovative cocktails. As a bartender, you have to know the difference between a Gin Rickey and a Gin Fizz. Here, then, is a list of some of the most essential gin cocktails.

Martini

This is arguably the world’s most sophisticated drink. It has been described as “the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet.” Indeed, a classic martini can stir up emotions even in the most stoic of bar patrons, and needs to be made to perfection. Grab a cocktail shaker and add 70ml of good quality of gin. Then, pour in 15ml of dry vermouth as well as ice and shake. Pour all of the contents into a martini glass, and garnish with a timeless green olive.

Gin and Tonic

This is the most ubiquitous gin highball in the world. It originated from the teeming lanes of Old Bombay, where the quinine in tonic water was believed to prevent malaria. Pour 60ml of gin and 90ml of tonic water into a highball glass filled with ice. Stir the ingredients well, and garnish with a slice of lemon or cucumber. It is the ultimate refreshing summer drink.

Gimlet

If you like a cocktail that packs a healthy punch, but is still sweet and unassuming, then a Gimlet could be just the thing. Pour four parts of gin to one part of lime juice into a cocktail shaker, along with a handful of ice. Shake the ingredients together, and dispense into a cocktail glass for serving. Garnish this strong cocktail with a slice of lime. If you would rather enjoy a highball version of this particular drink, convert it into a Gin Rickey by topping the ingredients off with soda water.

Gin Fizz

This drink comes straight from the vibrant streets of New Orleans. It’s an invigorating highball that features egg whites, giving the drink its characteristic milky appearance. Pour 60ml of gin, a teaspoon of superfine sugar a splash of lemon juice and the whites of one egg into a cocktail shaker. Shake all of the ingredients together vigorously, ensuring that the egg whites properly blend in with the other ingredients. Then, pour into a highball glass and top off with soda water. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Tom Collins

This is one of the older cocktails on this list, emerging from the Manhattan bar scene of the 1870s. It is a light, dry cocktail that should be made with only the best quality gin. Mix 30ml of gin with a similar quantity of fresh lemon juice. Sweeten the mix with a teaspoon of fine sugar, or a splash of syrup. Ensure that all of these components are well-combined in a tall glass before topping it all off with some club soda. Like the Gin Fizz, a Tom Collins benefits from a bright red cherry garnish.

Acquainting yourself with these timeless gin cocktail recipes will not only get you a good job in a bar. You’re bound to impress your friends, too.

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