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    25 Drinks You Should Order If You Just Fucking Love Gin

    Because screw vodka.

    There are two types of people in the world: people who like gin, and people who are wrong.


    The problem is, gin's strong botanical flavour makes a lot of people think vodka is a better mixer choice. But GIN IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN VODKA.


    My favourite vodka is juniper-flavoured vodka.

    So gin.

    Gin is my favourite vodka.

    So we asked a bunch of bartenders and industry experts to tell us the essential drinks every gin lover should try. Because gin cocktails > any other cocktail.

    We talked to brand ambassadors, gin distillers, bar owners, and a lot of bartenders. Whether you want a tried-and-tested classic, or something a bit more out there, they know the best gin-filled drinks to order at the bar. Say goodbye to vodka and sugar-laced cocktails, and hello to Martinis, Negronis, and Aviations.

    Here's what they suggested.

    1. A Martini

    2. A Negroni

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    "The Negroni is just such a stylish drink. It's got a level of complexity you don't find in anything else. It's genius really, how everything comes together and works so well – the three separate ingredients (gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth) are complex, but still work in harmony together.

    "We serve ours straight up at Bar Termini, without the ice, so the flavour's consistent all the way through. There are so many different ways to make a Negroni, but we do a version that's cooked so the flavours are more integrated. Served in Sipsmith-style smaller glasses, they're the perfect little nip before dinner. We love playing on the idea of the aperitivo, and how it works within the larger scope of Italian culture. It's such a cultural drink, and so universal in Italy; it's quite romantic in that respect."

    – Tony Conigliaro, mixologist and creator of the Classico Negroni, London

    3. A Bramble

    4. A Martinez

    5. A Collins Twist

    6. A G&T

    7. A Ford

    Jamie Baxter

    "I'm forever indebted to Nate Brown of London Bar Consultants for introducing me to the Ford cocktail, which dates from around 1900. Effectively it is a wet Martini stirred with Benedictine.

    "I like to twist the classic recipe by using Burleighs London Dry Gin with Cocchi Americano rather than vermouth. It's beautifully bittersweet, citrusy, and herbal with a bit of a kick – just what I want from a gin cocktail."

    – Jamie Baxter, director and master distiller at 45 West Distillers, Leicestershire

    8. An Aviation

    9. A French 75

    Alfie Amayo

    "As cocktails go, an absolute classic that everyone must try is the French 75. Supposedly named after the famous 75mm Howitzer field gun favoured by the Americans and French in World War I, the French 75 was said to have such a kick that it felt like being hit by that weapon.

    "Although the cocktail has gone through a few evolutions in regards to the measurements, the ingredients have remained the same; gin, fresh lemon, and sugar syrup, all topped with champagne and garnished with a maraschino cherry. Taken from the 1930s Savoy Cocktail Book and served in a coupe, this timeless classic is as elegant as it is delicious."

    – Alfie Amayo, brand ambassador for City of London Distillery, London

    10. Gin on the rocks

    11. A Pegu Club

    12. A Gin & Ginger

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    "I have a terrible secret. Despite loving gin, I actually hate tonic. Luckily, I'm not entirely alone in this. Most people know that historically, tonic was taken as a medicine, due to it being full of malaria-fighting quinine. What fewer people know is that gin was first added to tonic to make the tonic taste more palatable – not vice versa. I'd go so far as to say that most people who claim to hate gin actually just hate tonic.

    "So you're well within your rights to swap out the tonic in your G&T for something a bit tastier, like ginger ale! I think Sipsmith goes particularly well with the soft drink, but the botanical flavour of most gins combined with ginger is pretty magical."

    – Emma Cooke, lifestyle writer at Buzzfeed UK, London

    13. A Floradora

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    "Made with ginger ale, gin, and raspberry syrup, this classic is a bit more obscure than most but I think you might find a new summer drink if you try it. Although the original recipe calls for raspberry syrup, I like my Floradoras with Chambord. I also like using Tarquin's gin with this one, as it's a bit more floral and can handle the sweetness of the Chambord well."

    – David Smith, bar manager at The Anchor Inn at Seatown, Dorset

    14. A Hanky Panky

    15. A Southside

    16. A Tom Collins

    "The Tom Collins is so easy to drink; it's just a simple and tasty mix of gin, lemon juice, sugar, and sparkling water. Make sure you drink it with an 'Old Tom' gin – the Tom Collins is how people used to drink the historic 18th-century gin recipe. Ask for either Sipsmith or Bathtub gin – they're both great 'modern' Old Tom gins."

    – Daniel Kaizen, bartender at Playboy Club Mayfair, London

    17. A Corpse Reviver No. 2

    18. A Gimlet

    19. A White Lady

    20. A Red Snapper

    Holly Willcocks
    Holly Willcocks

    "A more interesting cousin to the better known Bloody Mary, a Red Snapper swaps out the vodka for gin. This gives more flavour and complexity to the drink, and balances nicely with the tomato juice.

    "A firm favourite for soothing the soul (and your hangover), the Red Snapper, or as it's known as fondly at Meatmission, Yianni's Breakfast, is a hearty drink that will give you strength for the day ahead. After you've had one of these it's hard to switch back to vodka."

    – Holly Willcocks, bar manager at Meatmission, London

    21. An Alaska

    22. A Ramos Gin Fizz

    23. A White Negroni

    Georgia Billing

    "The Negroni is a bitter aperitif that is growing in popularity, but why not try a slightly unexpected variation: the White Negroni. The formula is close to the original: gin, fortified wine (the classic calls for sweet vermouth), and something bitter in equal parts.

    "The flavour of my version is soft and earthy; I've pared my gin base with gentian root (typically found in alpine habitats), and added dryness with fresh and piney fino sherry instead of vermouth. The original citrusy orange flavour is changed for grapefruit in the garnish. Grapefruit juice or lemon oil? It's drinker's choice!"

    – Georgia Billing, assistant general manager at Looking Glass Cocktail Club, London

    24. A Clover Club

    "The Clover Club is like the fabulous lovechild of the Martini and the White Lady. It's pink and fluffy and it doesn't care.

    "Probably one of the finest examples of the gin sour family, it's made with egg white, gin, lemon, and raspberry syrup – when well made, the raspberry is delicate and gives enough space to use a great gin in there. Here at The Dark Horse we use Sipsmith gin, a house-made raspberry syrup, and a little dash of dry vermouth. It's just fucking tasty."

    – Louis Lewis-Smith, owner of The Dark Horse, Bath

    25. A Last Word

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