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
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
- Combine All Ingredients in an Ice-Filled Cocktail Shaker
- Strain Into a Cocktail Glass
- Cracked ice
- 2 oz. Gin
- 1 Tsp Simple Syrup
- 1/2 oz. Lemon Juice
- 5 oz. Brut Champagne, chilled
- 1 Lemon Twist (optional)
- Champagne Flute or Collins Glass
- 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
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.