16 Gin Cocktails Recipes For Classic Gin Based Cocktails East India gimlet

Best gin cocktail recipes

Like gin? Us too. That's why we've rounded up our favourite gin cocktail recipes, including Southside Fizz; Burleighs White Lady; Whitley Neill Aviation; Lion of Soho; Hollingsworth Iced Tea; and a Clissold Cooler.

If you’re a fan of gin, you’ll love our gin cocktails. Our gin based cocktails recipes are easy to make for a classy drinks party or a quiet night in. Our classic gin cocktails include gin martini recipes, negronis and gimlets. 

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Spruce up on your gin knowledge with our ultimate guide to gin (written by a master distiller) before using gin to make one of these easy cocktails. If you want to use a British gin in your drink, find your favourite from our list of the best British gins here.

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Rhubarb and ginger negroni

Gin is one of the three ingredients (plus Campari and Vermouth) to make the simple but punchy negroni cocktail. This update on the classic negroni using rhubarb and ginger is a great shout for spring. It comes from Black Dice, a 1960s rock ‘n’ roll inspired bar tucked away beneath Moroccan restaurant MOMO in Mayfair. It’s open until 3am, perfect for a nightcap.

Rhubarb and Ginger Negroni Cocktail Recipe

Rhubarb and rose gin fizz

We’ve given a classic ramos gin fizz an update for Valentine’s Day, swapping the usual orange blossom water for rose water and adding a touch of homemade rhubarb syrup to give it a blush of pink. It’s delicate in flavour and creamy enough to replace dessert, and is bound to impress.

Rhubarb and rose gin fizz

A wee gin and jam cocktail

Jam and gin? In a cocktail? It works brilliantly, especially when the ingredients include Rock Rose gin, lemon juice, and plenty of citrus zest. This is a simple gin cocktail served on the rocks.

A wee gin and jam cocktail

Gentian white lady cocktail

An elegant cocktail recipe from Bumpkin restaurant, laced with some fine Portobello Road gin. Add lime juice, sugar syrup, egg white and, if you’re feeling fancy, some flower petals to serve.

Gentian white lady cocktail

English garden cocktail

Gin, elderflower, cucumber; quintessentially British ingredients that are perfect for creating a refreshing gin cocktail. English garden is really easy to make and could be made into a jug cocktail, too, just multiply the ingredients by the number of people you want to serve.

English garden cocktail

Whitley Neill aviation cocktail

The favourite of the gin cocktails from gin makers Whitley Neill, this drink is made from maraschino liqueur, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a healthy glug of gin, and some chilled mineral water for a refreshing gin drink.

Whitley Neil aviation cocktail

East India gimlet

In the Permit Room at Dishoom King’s Cross, drinks-walla Carl Brown has created a range of bottle- and barrel-aged cocktails. If you can’t make it to Dishoom, try this recipe for an Indian twist on a classic gimlet.

East India gimlet

Bramble gin cocktail

This recipe for a classic Bramble cocktail is a great one to have in your repertoire. Invented by Dick Bradsell in the 80s and is now a modern classic.

Bramble gin cocktail

Southside fizz cocktail

This Southside Fizz cocktail recipe uses Boodles Gin – and all it calls for (apart from the gin) is lemon juice, sugar syrup and a handful of mint leaves. Find some more unusual gins here.

Southside fizz cocktail

Lion of soho cocktail

A fresh, zesty cocktail using King of Soho London dry gin. A healthy glug of gin, sugar syrup, lemon juice, fresh grapefruit juice and some decorative basil leaves make this a great cocktail to sip in the sunshine.

Lion of soho cocktail

Hollingsworth iced tea cocktail

A simple, refreshing gin cocktail from Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings restaurant. Just mix gin with Creme de Peche, a little Earl Grey tea and some lemon juice to make one of our favourite alcoholic ice teas.

Hollingsworth Iced Tea cocktail

Burleighs white lady cocktail

Leicestershire gin maker, Burleighs, has used its export strength gin to make this timeless cocktail. The gin’s fresh orange notes pair effortlessly with the bitter orange Cointreau and fresh lemon juice.

Burleighs White Lady cocktail

Limoncello and thyme collins

Making your own limoncello is surprisingly easy and is great in this cocktail. Just mix the limoncello with gin and soda for a sweet gin drink.

Limoncello and thyme collins

A clementine ‘last minute’ cocktail

Whip up this delicious clementine cocktail in just 5 minutes to delight your guests. Dry gin, crème de cassis and clementine is the perfect sweet and sour combination.

A clementine ‘last minute’ cocktail

Valentine Warner’s cucumber gin fizz

Gin and cucumber is a classic British combination. This simple cocktail from Valentine Warner makes a great, refreshing pre-dinner drink for the summer months.

Valentine Warner's cucumber gin fizz

Sink the pink

This is a great, fresh cocktail from the team at Loves Company in Shoreditch. They use homemade syrups and liqueurs here, as well as making posh toasties. This gin recipe uses Beefeater gin along with grapefruit juice and plums.

Sink the pink cocktail

If you fancy drinking gin cocktails, but don’t want to make them yourself, visit one of the top 10 gin bars in the UK.

If you want to add gin to your bakes, make our popular double lemon, gin and tonic cake recipe

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Or go classic with a gin and tonic, and make our gin and tonic dip dabs.

Gin and Tonic Dib Dabs

We celebrated World Gin Day with a tour of London’s best bars to discover the perfect martini in this weekly instalment of our podcast:

olive magazine podcast ep7 – Green Kitchen Smoothies vs World Martini Day