Five Gin Cocktails You Should Be Drinking

Most of us have had a gin martini or the classic gin & tonic. But it appears we have forgotten some of the elegant, crisp cocktails of yore. Read below for our five favorite gin cocktails!

  1. French 75: This elegant, bubbly drink and is a mixture of gin, champagne, lemon juice, and a dash of sugar. This drink was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris, France. But, where does that name come from? Well, the drink had such a kick that many men likened it to the French 75mm field gun. And the rest, as they say, is history.
  2. Gimlet: This drink is dangerously simple: gin and lime juice. Of course, various iterations have cropped up throughout the decades, but that remains the classic gimlet. The name has a contested history, but my favorite is this: it is named after a drilling tool because of its piercing effect.
  3. Vesper: Gin, vodka, and kina lillet, garnished with a lemon, packs a punch in this smart drink. Ian Fleming, author of the famed James Bond series created this and its first appearance was in Casino Royale. It is named after Bondโ€™s enchanting accomplice, Vesper Lynd.
  4. Lime Rickey: This highball drink is made with gin, half of the lime squeezed and dropped in the glass, and a splash of seltzer. And for our D.C Sippers, this drink has even deeper roots! July is named the โ€˜Rickey Monthโ€™ as established by the DC Craft Bartenders Guild.
  5. Pink Gin: A drink named for the color that emits from the dark red bitters, known as Angostura bitters, and finished with lemon rind and sometimes even a quick squeeze of lemon juice. This drink is made with Plymouth gin, which is a sweeter kind of gin compared to the dryer London gin.

Bottoms Up,

-T

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