Dry Gin Recipes

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The versatility of Gin inspires classic and new exciting summer gin cocktail recipes, from the simplest and complex mixes. To celebrate the warm weather, stir up some delicious, refreshing and quenching summer cocktails.

There’s more to Gin than Gin itself as Gin is also termed as 'Dry Gin' because the flavours are all natural from the aromatic botanicals like coriander, cassia, orris and angelica root. It is dry only in the sense that it lacks sugar to make it sweet.

What is London Dry Gin?

The first note is that a London Dry Gin does not have to be made in London.  Most of the distillers making this type of gin were based in London, they bottled and labelled their products as “London Dry Gin” and the name remained.

When it comes to popular spirits, the classic juniper flavour of the London Dry Gins may be the most iconic gin profile. London Dry Gin is a style of gin dating back to the 18th century and becoming the world’s hugely appealing gin type, balanced by the strong citrus, floral, spice components with added small amounts of fresh citrus peels or dried peels like lemon and bitter orange to the botanical recipe. What’s unique about London Dry Gin is that all of the flavourings must be added before or during the distillation process. If it is to be called London Dry, the distiller cannot put in additional flavourings or colourants after distillation. 

What are the best Dry Gins?

There are the gins that take a high spot for that new complex sip. Having that best gin cocktail recipes in hand with Beefeater, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray which are London Drys left much to be explored and enjoyed. If you are wondering what’s the mix in the Gin & Tonic cocktail recipe, most likely there’s a shot of dry gin in there.

Try:

  • Beefeater: Spicy and fruity classic.
  • Tanqueray: Smooth and accessible.
  • Bombay Sapphire: Light and floral.
  • Sipsmith: Dry and sophisticated.
  • Martin Miller's: Spicy and smooth.

What’s the difference between London Dry Gin and Distilled gin?

London Dry Gin and regular distilled gin is essentially processed in the similar method with the exception for one vast difference: distilled gin can have any flavourings added to it after the distillation process.

Either compounded or distilled gin can be labelled as London Dry Gin or Dry Gin if it does not contain any sweetening agents.

London gin may not contain added sweetening exceeding 0.1 grams of sugars per litre of the final product, nor colourants, nor any added flavouring and botanicals besides water.

How to make your own gin?

Isn’t it fun to experiment and make your homemade gin?  Gin in its most basic form is rather straightforward.  Its dominant flavour is juniper. Infusing alcohol with spices, herbs and other botanicals creates a wonderfully complex liquor.

Beyond juniper berries and vodka, you can explore with gin botanicals - coriander seed, angelica root and cinnamon. Whatever you fancy, from citrus peels to cucumber to bay leaves, black pepper, rosemary, liquorice powder, fennel seeds.

Let’s get you started with a basic recipe :

Ingredients:

  • 750ml good quality vodka
  • 2 tbsp juniper berries
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 2 peppercorns
  • Half a cinnamon stick
  • Small pieces of dried orange and lemon peels (without pith)

Easy gin cocktail recipes with your own variations. Each carries a different appeal to Gin drinkers.

Hero Serve : Pink and Tonic

While we love a classic Gin & Tonic, sometimes we're in the mood to have that adventure.

Beefeater have created this Gin and Tonic cocktail recipe with pink gin and served on the rocks. 

Ingredients:

  • 50 ml Beefeater Pink
  • 150 ml Tonic Water
  • Fresh strawberries wedges – garnish

Celery Gimlet

Only takes minutes to prepare this cocktail.  If you are curious how gin and lime pairs well as a cocktail, try this recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 1 small celery rib, chopped
  • 20 ml simple syrup
  • 60 ml London dry gin
  • 20 ml lime juice
  • Celery leaf – garnish

Lime Gin & Tonic

This twist of lime on the Gin & Tonic creates one of the easiest and refreshing Gin & Tonic cocktail recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
  • 25ml Sipsmith Lime Syrup for Gin
  • Premium tonic water
  • Wedge of citrus – garnish

Classic Dry Martini

The classic martini cocktail starts with gin and dry vermouth. Wide range of gins and vermouths; keep tasting until you discover your best gin cocktail recipe.

Ingredients:

  • Cracked ice
  • 75 ml London dry gin
  • 15 ml dry vermouth
  • Lemon or olive for garnish

Can you drink dry gin straight?

Surely, you can always drink your gin straight. Enjoy that vibrant drink with gin over ice cubes and lemon/lime wedge for a citrus hint. Some say that it's the best way to enjoy gin, a good quality gin, of course.

What can you mix with dry gin?

Gin goes well with citrus flavours. 

Gin and grapefruit juice pairs particularly well together.  Gin also mixes well with the classic garnishes of lemon or lime, giving that extra zing.

Bitter lime and soda is a great combination with a London Dry Gin, adding mint leaves and sugar syrup for a refreshing twist.

It’s the time to stir up the season, sipping cocktails, clinking glasses in the sunlight.

Be adventurous and explore the endless summer gin cocktail recipes.  That’s that one special cocktail for you. Wait no longer, start mixing!  Start enjoying!