Don’t let your peers scare you off of gin. It might be those horror stories that start with “So I was drinking gin” and end with “and somehow I ended up in jail.” Don’t believe them! Or maybe it’s the strong taste and smell of juniper that turns you off…Don’t fret. There’s a gin-based drink for pretty much everyone. While gin will certainly impart its unique flavor on any drink you make, the interesting thing to do is to work that floral/grassy note in your favor.

The Ron J.

No, it’s not named after Ron Jeremy. It’s actually named after a patron that used to come to Delicatessen, where I worked as a bartender. One of our other regulars had a drink named after him, so naturally Ron wanted a specialty drink named for him as well. Something gin-based. Considering that it was the summertime, I figured something fruity would be great for the summer and complement the gin perfectly, and guess what? It did.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz of Tanqueray
  • 2 blackberries and 2 raspberries
  • 2 wedges of lime
  • 0.5 oz of simple syrup
  • 0.75 oz of peach schnapps

Equipment

  • Muddler
  • Rocks Glass
  • Ice
  • Cocktail shaker
  • Jigger

To make simple syrup: Mix together 1 cup of hot water and 1 cup of sugar. Mix until the sugar is completely dissolved. Don’t just add sugar into the mojito as sugar doesn’t really dissolve well in cold things. Simple syrup does not need to be stored in the fridge and can keep for a couple days.

Instructions

  1. Put the two blackberries, raspberries and lime wedges into the mixer and muddle until the berries are broken up.
  2. Add the gin, simple syrup and peach schnapps.
  3. Top with ice.
  4. Shake vigorously for about 5 seconds
  5. Pour into a rocks glass and enjoy!

St. French 75

I’m not really much of a champagne fan, but I’ll definitely make an exception for something as refreshing as a French 75. The recipe generally calls for simple syrup or powdered sugar to sweeten up the drink, but I’m a much bigger fan of elderflower liquer like St. Germain. I think the subtle sweetness and floral note of St. Germain is an excellent partner to champagne and gin. Overall a delicious combination. I’m calling it the St. French 75 (get it, St. Germain?). Just be careful since this drink is almost all booze. It might taste good, but it’ll knock you on your butt.

Ingredients

  • 0.5 oz Dry Gin
  • 0.5 oz St. Germain
  • 0.25 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 3.75 oz champagne
Equipment
  • Jigger
  • Champagne flute
  • Lemon twist garnish
Directions
  1. Pour in gin, St. Germain and lemon juice into the champagne flute
  2. Top with champagne
  3. Garnish with lemon twist and enjoy!

 The Nardio

Ok, ok, so the drink is technically called the Bernardo, but come on, I couldn’t resist. I’ve tweaked the recipe a bit so it tastes, well, better. I made the Bernardo for Bernardo, but he wasn’t really a big fan of the original. I’m pretty sure he has a thing against gin. Anyway, here is the modified version that should be far more palatable.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz of gin
  • 1 oz of triple sec or grand marnier
  • 0.5 0z of simple syrup
  • 0.5 oz of lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz of orange juice
Equipment
  • Jigger
  • Ice
  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Martini Glass
  • Lemon twist garnish
Directions
  1. Add all the ingredients into the cocktail shaker.
  2. Top with ice.
  3. Shake well for 5 seconds
  4. Strain into a martini glass
  5. Garnish with lemon twist and enjoy!

 

Jasmine Greene

Jasmine Greene has been a freelance writer for over four years with experience in video game, book and movie reviews. She lives in Manhattan. Nardio is her second of hopefully many (successful) web ventures. When she is not working as an executive assistant or at Nardio, Jasmine volunteers at Kitty Kind so that she can get her crazy cat lady on.

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