Easy Cocktail Recipes

Posted on by Ben De Haan

Want to make gin cocktails at home just the way your favourite cocktail bar does? Whether you like long or short gin cocktails or even sweet or sour gin cocktails, check out our list of the best easy to make gin cocktails and gin cocktail recipes that will make your home cocktail party go off.

Equipment you'll need: Boston Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer, Mesh Strainer

Essentials: Sugar Syrup (mix equal volumes of sugar and boiling water in a jug, cool before use). Egg White Shaker - either use the coil from a Hawthorne Strainer or a mixer ball from a blender bottle.

Bramble Recipe

Bramble Cocktail Recipe NZ

Photo: Punchdrink.com

Created by legendary British mixologist Dick Bradsell in 1984 when working at the infamous Fred's Club, the Bramble is a twist on the classic Gin Fix.

> 40ml Rogue Society Gin
> 15ml Gabriel Boudier Crème de Mures
> 15ml Lemon juice
> 10ml Sugar sryup
> Fresh blackberries (or cranberries if not in season)
> Lemon slice

Assemble gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup in a rocks glass filled with crushed ice and stir. Pour over the Crème de Mures in a circular fashion. Garnish with two fresh blackberries (or cranberries if blackberries aren't in season) and a lemon slice.

Negroni Cocktail Recipe

Negroni Cocktail Recipe NZ

Photo: Austin Food Magazine

When Count Camillo Negroni asked for an Americano with an extra kick, the barman at the Caffe Casoni in Florence substituted soda water for gin.

> 30ml Melbourne Gin Company
> 30ml Campari
> 30ml Dolin Rouge Vermouth 
> Orange peel slice slightly burnt

Assemble ingredients in an ice filled mixing glass and stir briefly. Strain into an ice filled rocks glass and garnish with a burnt orange peel slice.