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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Bond’s enchanting accomplice, Vesper Lynd.
- 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 ‘Rickey Month’ as established by the DC Craft Bartenders Guild.
- 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.