Our collection of the best gin cocktails features everything from a refreshing gin fizz to a fruity Singapore sling, as well as plenty of classic gin cocktails including martinis, negronis and gimlets.


Looking for a UK gin? Find your favourite from our list of the best British gins here, then check out our best gins, flavoured gins and savoury gins to try. For a sunny boost to your G&T, check out our round up of citrus gins.

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35 gin cocktail recipes

Gimlet cocktail

Fresh lime juice, homemade lime syrup and mint add a zingy burst to this easy three-ingredient gin cocktail – the perfect afternoon refresher. See more three-ingredient cocktail recipes here.

A small coupe glass filled with a lime cocktail with a wheel of lime and sprig of mint

Tom collins cocktail

Turn your hand to making a classic tom collins for a cocktail that is as refreshing as it is sour.

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Singapore sling

Try this gin-based tipple for a fruity cocktail which mixes an exciting array of ingredients, including cherry brandy and Cointreau.

A pair of tall Singapore sling cocktails garnished with pineapple wedges


Gin is one of the three ingredients (plus Campari and Vermouth) to make the simple but punchy negroni cocktail. Want to know how to make the best negroni? Check out our quick and easy recipe for this punchy Italian cocktail. Here is our ultimate guide to the negroni, with plenty of variations on the classic gin cocktail.

Negroni drink recipe

Rhubarb and ginger negroni

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, 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. If you're a fan of rhubarb cocktails, try making homemade rhubarb gin next.

Valentines Cocktail For Gin Fizz With Rhubarb Syrup

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

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. See more jug cocktail recipes here.

English garden cocktail

Gin fizz

Mix gin with lemon juice, sugar and sparkling water to make a classic gin fizz. The egg white isn’t essential, but does create a silky texture.

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Piña colada martini recipe

A bright and easy cocktail that’s sure to put a spring in your step – made with gin, coconut rum and pineapple juice for the classic piña colada flavour.

Pina colada cocktail in a martini glass garnished with a wedge of fresh pineapple

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.

Cucumber Gin Fizz Recipe

Tuxedo cocktail

Savour the sophistication of this sleek tuxedo cocktail, a close cousin to the classic martini, with a distinctive twist. Instead of vermouth it uses dry fino sherry to lend an appetisingly nutty edge.

A cocktail glass with a twist of lemon on top

White negroni

Suze adds a golden hue to this white negroni, mixed with gin and Cocchi Americano.

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Bacon and egg martini

Essentially, the martini is a mix of London dry gin or vodka and French dry vermouth, stirred over ice, strained and poured into an ice-cold cocktail glass. Lemon zest or a good quality green olive is the usual garnish. Try our twists on the gin martini recipe including a vanilla martini, a gingerbread and espresso cocktail, or a bacon and egg martini.

Breakfast Martini Recipe

Vesper martini

London dry gin is paired with vodka and Lillet Blanc, a wine-based aperitif from France, to make a zesty martini cocktail.

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Sake and gin martini

Swap vermouth for sake in this Japanese-inspired take on the classic cocktail. Check out our guide to sake here, along with a recipe for sake and tonic.

A martini cocktail next to a shaker

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.

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This super-chic cocktail combines gin, vermouth and maraschino liqueur with bitters, creating a cross between a martini and a manhattan.

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Bramble gin cocktail

This recipe for a classic bramble gin cocktail is a great one to have in your repertoire. Invented by Dick Bradsell in the 80s and is now a modern classic, using London dry gin and blackberry liqueur. If you're a fan of blackberry drinks, try our homemade blackberry whisky recipe next.

A bramble gin cocktail served in a short glass next to a few blackberries

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.

A white cocktail with a lemon peel, served in a martini glass

Broken spur

A delicious cocktail with gin, vermouth and port, plus a splash of Pernot.

The Broken Spur Cocktail Recipe

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 gin 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

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

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

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

A clementine ‘last minute’ cocktail

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

A clementine ‘last minute’ cocktail

Sink the pink

This is a refreshing gin 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

Pickle martini

Pickle brine from the jar offers a salty and savoury boost to a classic martini.

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Christmas spiced negroni

Try this festive spin on a negroni – using spiced gin and festive flavours such as star anise, cinnamon and orange.

Two tumbler glasses filled with spiced negroni, garnished with star anise, cinnamon stick and orange twist

Christmas gin cocktail

Giving this drink a proper shake in your cocktail shaker will ensure a lovely, creamy layer of egg white on top of this festive tipple.

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Sloe gin fizz

Sloe gin is mixed with sugar syrup, lemon juice and sparkling water to make this fun festive twist on a classic gin fizz. Try making your own homemade sloe gin for an extra special touch, or check out our expert review of 10 of the best sloe gins to buy.

Two tall glasses of sloe gin fizz, garrnished with a lemon slice and maraschino cherry

Hot sloe gin negroni

Using sloe gin adds a fruity depth but also extra sweetness. Use a dry vermouth rather than the sweet red in the classic recipe.

Graphic outline of a hot sloe gin negroni in a tumbler glass

Dirty martini

This easy Christmas cocktail makes the perfect gift to bring to a festive party – keep chilled in the fridge for emergencies.

Dirty Gin Martini Cocktail Recipe

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

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


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


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Hannah GuinnessSenior sub editor and drinks writer

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