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Our Favorite Easy Gin Cocktails

April 17, 2023

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

Cocktails

Our Favorite Easy Gin Cocktails

April 17, 2023

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

Fifteen simple recipes, from a frozen Negroni to a forgotten Martini riff.

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.

Apple Garibaldi Recipe
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Apple Garibaldi

Granny Smith apples star alongside sherry, vermouth and gin.

Cardinale Negroni Cocktail Recipe
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Cardinale

An austere, bone-dry aperitivo drink.

Saturn Tiki Cocktail Recipe
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The Saturn

An exemplary gin-based tiki drink.

Negroni Frappe
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Negroni Frappé

Frappéd, refreshing and lower-proof than the classic.

Gin Basil Smash Cocktail Recipe
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Gin Basil Smash

An herbaceous modern classic that hails from Hamburg, Germany.

Obituary martini cocktail
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Obituary

A drier take on the lesser-known New Orleans Martini.

Last Word Riff Cocktail Recipe
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Electric Circus

Midori accentuates the herbal notes of gin and génépy in this Last Word riff.

Bijou Cocktail Recipe
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Bijou Blanc

A more floral take on the Bijou swaps sweet vermouth for bianco and extra dry.

Fizz Italiano
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Fizz Italiano

A fluffy aperitivo drink topped with the Italian bitter soda Sanbittèr.

Gaz Regan Negroni
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Gaz Regan’s Negroni

In this nontraditional take on the Negroni, Jägermeister stands in for Campari.

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Sling Bar’s Gin Pahit

A simplified version of the pared-back Malaysian classic.

Three Ingredient Sherry Cocktail Recipe
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Remember the Alimony

One of the few sherry-based modern classics.

white negroni highball cocktail recipe
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White Negroni Highball

The modern classic made tall.

cloister cocktail recipe
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Cloister

A gin sour with two types of citrus and yellow Chartreuse.

frenchette collins cocktail recipe
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Eponine Collins

A French-inflected Collins complemented by Suze and Amaro Montenegro.

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