10 gin cocktails you can make in minutes

Shake up your drinks repertoire by giving gin the star treatment. Our quick and easy cocktail recipes can be created in moments, giving you more time to party.

10 gin cocktails you can make in minutes

Gin is more popular than ever, so it’s a good time to learn some simple serving options to take it to another dimension altogether. You don’t need any fancy equipment for my speedy cocktails – even a jam jar will do as a shaker. It’s all about the love you put into the preparation.  

To get you started, here are a few tips to boost your cocktail-making confidence: 

  • The key to making drinks is the balance between sweet and sour/bitter. Try not to let one element overpower the other. 
  • Taste your drinks before you serve to make sure they’re wonderful.
  • If serving over ice, fill your glass to the top with the stuff. 
  • Ensure your garnish is fresh and stacked close to the straws. 
  • Remember that we drink in three steps, with our eyes first, then with our nose and finally with our mouth.

As a general rule I recommend using 50ml of gin for each cocktail unless otherwise stated. If using a liqueur too, I tend to drop to 40ml gin and use 10ml of the liqueur. Use fresh citrus juice and balance 20ml of that to 15ml of sugar syrup that’s been made from equal parts sugar and water (you’ll find a recipe at the bottom of the page). 

10 quick and easy gin cocktails... 

Bramble

BrambleShort and fragrant. Big love to legendary bartender Dick Bradsell, the creator. 

You'll need:
40ml gin
20ml sugar syrup
20ml lemon juice
10ml crème de mure
Berries or lemon zest for garnish
 
Take a large measure of dry gin and shake together with the lemon and sugar syrup, pour over crushed ice and drizzle the crème de mure through the drink. Garnish with a lemon zest or some fresh seasonal berries. A true party pleaser.


French 75

Party time! This one uses smaller amounts of spirits to allow the fizz flavour to flourish. 

You'll need:
10ml gin,
10ml orange liqueur
10ml lemon
5ml sugar
Fizz of your choice

Mix the gin, orange liqueur and lemon juice in a flute and top with chilled bubbly. Continue to party like it’s 2099.


Elderflower collins

Elderflower collinsFresh and fruity. If you’ve not made your own elderflower cordial, you can buy it from most big supermarkets now. 

You'll need:
50ml gin
20ml lemon
10ml sugar syrup
10ml elderflower cordial
Soda to finish
 
Shake up the gin with the lemon, sugar and a dash of elderflower cordial. Pour over rock ice and lengthen with sparkling water. Decorate with a sprig of your favourite herb. If you’re feeling like a true vagabond then top with sparkling wine to make an Elderflower Royale. 


Sloe gin fizz

Give wonderfully wintery sloe gin a mean cocktail kick.

You'll need: 
50ml sloe gin
20ml lemon
15ml syrup
20ml egg whites

Shake together the sloe gin, lemon, sugar syrup, a rosemary sprig and the fresh egg white with ice. Then, shake without the ice to ensure maximum frothage. Serve straight up in a wine glass with a slapped rosemary sprig aloft.


Negroni

NegroniItalians believe you need to drink three of these before you begin to enjoy them (not in one night though):

You'll need:
25ml gin
25ml vermouth
25ml Campari
1 orange
 
Pour the gin, sweet vermouth and Campari into your favourite rocks glass over ice. Stir it down to your preferred taste. Then, zest the orange with true Italian flair over the glass and add the citrus to the potion. Forget minutes – you can make this in seconds... 


Martini 

Stirred NOT shaken.

You'll need: 
60ml gin
Vermouth to taste
Your chosen garnish
 
A Martini all about personal preference. The key elements to success are ensuring your vermouth is fresh, gin is quality and the garnish is appetising. Stir your required amount of gin (here I’ve used 60ml) with however much dry vermouth you like: the more you use the more herbal it will be. Stir to taste – it’s about finding the perfect dilution. Don’t be afraid to garnish your masterpiece with something that might seem peculiar either – personally I take two pickled onions. Ensure your glass is frozen and the liquid smooth. James Bond, who?


Gimlet 

GimletWhat shall we do with the drunken sailor? Note that your cordial can be shop-bought or homemade and it’s fun to mix it up with the seasons. 

You'll need:
50ml gin,
25ml cordial (we used lime)

This ratio of two parts gin to one part cordial dances in the glass. Stir down, pour into a glamorous coupe and garnish how you please. I enjoy a slapped sage leaf.


Fogcutter

Tiki-style. This one has a quadruple booze hit. You can buy almond syrup online – the most common brand is Monin, which is used to flavour coffee as well as cocktails. 

You'll need:
20ml gin
20ml brandy
20ml rum
40ml orange juice
20ml lemon juice
15ml almond syrup
5ml sherry
 
Combine the gin, brandy, rum, freshly-squeezed orange and lemon juice then add the almond syrup to really funk things up. Shake well and add the touch of sherry to top. Garnish with anything fun you can lay your hands on and serve tall over ice.


G&T 

Gin and tonicsThe headline act. A gin and tonic evolves into something far more complex wih the right twists. 

You’ll need:
Gin
Lots of ice
A big copa glass (a large, balloon-shaped glass)
Natural tonic water
Your favourite garnishes

Celebrate this piece of heritage with a glorious serve, always using one part gin to two parts tonic. Check out my favourite makeover blends by reading my guide to 10 gin and tonics with a twist
 

Southside

Also known as a mojito, gin-style.

You'll need: 
50ml gin,
20ml lime
15ml sugar syrup,
6-8 mint leaves.

Drop the gin, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and the mint leaves into your shaker then get your arms moving. Fine strain it into a posh Martini glass that’s been chilled. Hold the ice. Garnish with one slapped mint leaf.


Quick sugar syrup recipe

Bring one part sugar and one part water together and heat in a pan. Stir until all the sugar is dissolved. If you want to go the extra mile, you can flavour this with fresh herbs, citrus zest and spices.

More on gin… 

The best gins - taste tested
The best classic gins - taste tested
Video: How to make your own sloe gin
10 gin and tonics with a twist
All you need to know about gin

How do you like your gin? We’d like to hear your serving ideas... 

Comments, questions and tips

Sign in or create your My Good Food account to join the discussion.
Be the first to comment...We'd love to hear how you got on with this recipe. Did you like it? Would you recommend others give it a try?
Be the first to ask a question about this recipe...Unsure about the cooking time or want to swap an ingredient? Ask us your questions and we’ll try and help you as soon as possible. Or if you want to offer a solution to another user’s question, feel free to get involved...
Be the first to suggest a tip for this recipe...Got your own twist on this recipe? Or do you have suggestions for possible swaps and additions? We’d love to hear your ideas.