For better or worse, many spirits are typecast for particular cocktail styles. Rum brings tropical drinking to mind, for example, while whiskey may conjure the strong and stirred. Gin, however, moves more freely in the collective imagination. Making an aperitivo classic? Gin’s probably the spirit for the job. Simply topping with tonic? Gin’s a tried-and-true bet. That’s why our favorite gin cocktails span a wide range, from a Midori-spiked take on the Last Word to a minimalist low-proof sherry drink. But what they all have in common is their easy construction, which is anchored by the botanical spirit. Here are 15 simple gin recipes that span seasons, genres and builds—any of which deserve a spot in your next round.