Easy Gin Cocktails – Three Recipes

standard September 1, 2016 Leave a response
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It’s no secret that the English Queen Mother enjoyed her Gin, so in her honor I’d like to introduce to you three easy gin cocktails that she must have known well. Simple to enjoy and easy to make, these Gin basics should be foundational elements in any aspiring home bartenders recipe collection. Considering that she graced us with her presence for 102 years, the Queen Mum likely enjoyed an occasional cocktail and I have little doubt these contributed to her longevity. So bartenders grab your aprons and let’s head to the bar to learn some great gin cocktail recipes.

Gin and Tonic

The Gin and Tonic is among the easiest and most refreshing cocktails you’ll find. Certainly you won’t impress your friends or your date by ordering this one, but it’s tough to argue with a drink that’s as easy to make as it is refreshing. Honestly, I love a good G & T!

This cocktail has an interesting history too. After the discovery that Quinine could be used to prevent Malaria, the army of the British East India Company introduced it to India in the early 19th century. Due to Quinine’s bitter and unpleasant taste, British officers created a mixture of water, sugar, lime and Gin to make the medicine more palatable. Needless to say, a star was born.



  • Combine Ingredients in an Ice-Filled Highball Glass
  • Stir Well
  • Garnish with Lime Wedge
Gin and Tonic Cocktail

Gin Sour

If you have a hankering to step back in time and party like it’s 1940 I suggest you try a gin sour. Another easy gin cocktail, the sour grants us the possibility to see what all the hubbub was about when ladies wore dresses and gentlemen donned Fedora hats. After all vinyl records are back in style, so I think I will spin a tune and sip on a tasty gin sour.



  • Combine All Ingredients in an Ice-Filled Cocktail Shaker
  • Shake
  • Strain Into a Cocktail Glass
Gin Sour Cocktail

French 75

Having flown under the radar for years, The French 75 is one easy gin cocktail you’ll love. Bright, crisp and delicious, it’s a combination of Champagne and Gin that everyone will enjoy. It also garners a cool factor that simply can’t be ignored. First, it’s French. Freedom Fries notwithstanding, you gotta love ‘em. Second, it’s fun to say French 75 and if you really want to crank it up the cocktail is also known as the Soixante Quinze. I encourage all budding mixologists to try it for nothing else that to just say its name… Lastly, it has a history dating back to World War I. Legend has it that this gin cocktail was named after the powerful French 75mm field gun which delivered quite a kick.



  • Chill Cocktail Shaker and Glass
  • Combine Gin, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice and Ice in Shaker
  • Shake Well
  • Strain Cocktail Into the Glass
  • Top with Champagne
  • Garnish with Lemon Twist
The French 75 Cocktail


Gin is a staple of most home bars and everyone needs a few go-to easy gin cocktails. Keep these simple recipes in mind and you’ll always be ready with a delicious, easy-to-make cocktail that any guest will enjoy.


Outdoor enthusiast, nature lover and master landscape designer Tommy Mic has a wealth of interests not limited to and including cocktails and writing, skiing, cooking and many genres of music. He is currently in the final stages of a graphic novel/comic revolving around the environment.