Gin in general has a bit of a wild past. You can trace its origins back to the 16th and 17th centuries when genever became popular – the world’s first juniper spirit. It was originally distilled from malt grain, making it similar to whiskey, though not nearly as smooth. It wasn’t long before multiple herbs […]
The idea of cocktails dates back to the 1800s, with the first written recording of the word appearing in a New York newspaper on May 6th, 1806. The history of gin, itself, however, goes back much further. Official credit for the invention often goes to a Dutch physician who used it medicinally in 1550. Though, […]
Gin itself dates back to the early 16th century when juniper berries first made an appearance in alcohol. They were used in a spirit known as jenever, which is Dutch for “juniper” and was created in Holland. It was made by distilling malt wine and then adding botanical herbs to remove the harsh alcohol flavor. […]
Many of our classic cocktails come with long and illustrious histories or a deep, meaningful story behind them. This is not the case with the sugary sweet gin-based Tom Collins. This drink is, in fact, named after a crazy joke that turned into a full-blown hoax around 1874. The “joke” would begin with someone telling […]
The gin and tonic is among the most traditional and classic mixed drinks you can get. There are countless variations too. It’s an easy cocktail to make and overall, gin is abundant. It’s also easy to find a huge variety of flavor profiles, meaning there’s a gin out there for just about everyone. Find the […]
While bartenders and spirit enthusiasts everywhere are constantly coming up with new and exciting (or sometimes terrible) mixed drinks and tasty recipes, some will never go out of style. Enter the martini – a timeless drink that carries with it an air of sophistication. Like many traditional cocktails, the history of this sweet gin-based drink […]
Gin is a complex spirit with several variations and lots of potential for different flavors. One thing all gin have in common, though, is juniper. Regardless of the overall flavor profile, you’ll find juniper in everything, from cheap bottles all the way up to the best gin. Like many other spirits, gin starts with grain. […]
The approaches in this list cover a range of styles. Some of them are simple variations, where you might just be adding a single ingredient or getting creative with garnishing. Others are more complex variations, where you almost end up with an entirely new cocktail.
Gin might not be as famous as whiskey for cocktails, but it is getting up there. In fact, gin is sometimes called the perfect spirit for cocktails, as it offers just enough complexity to make cocktails interesting, without overwhelming the other ingredients.
The mixers featured on this list can all be combined with gin to create a simple and delicious drink. All you need is the mixer and the gin. That’s it. Two ingredients.