The best DIY gin cocktails for 2021

Here at Dave’s headquarters we have a broad range of quality drinks on offer - a varied assortment of wines and champagnes, boutique beers and A-grade spirits. But looking around Dave’s pantry we noticed he was missing one of the essentials - gin! There’s been somewhat of a gin revolution recently, with a surge of exciting new brands entering the market. And for good reason, as gin is one of the most versatile spirits in the game due to the wide abundance of different botanicals that distillers use to concoct different flavours.


So, we made it our mission and scoured the globe for the best gins around the world to present to you, and couldn’t help but share our favourite gin-based cocktails so you can order and try at home for yourself. Chin chin!


Classic Tom Collins:

The Tom Collins, a true classic dating back to the late 19th century. The simple recipe makes for a refreshing blend of fizzy gin goodness, and The UK Plymouth gin complements this traditional English cocktail perfectly.


  • 45ml of Plymouth Dry Gin
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 15ml simple sugar syrup
  • Soda water
  • Maraschino cherry



  1. Place gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a chilled, ice-filled highball glass and stir gently.
  2. Top with soda water
  3. Garnish with maraschino cherries and curls of lemon peel


Sloe Gin Negroni:

A twist on the classic negroni, the addition of sloe gin makes for a slightly sweeter mix that is vibrant in colour. The perfect cocktail for a simple sunny afternoon throw-together featuring the Monkey 47 Dry Gin from Blackforest, Germany. This negroni is sure to impress others without having to lift too much of a finger.





  1. Fill a glass three-quarters full with ice
  2. Pour in all spirits
  3. Stir gently until fully chilled and garnish with a twist of orange peel and a sprig of thyme


Gin and tonic:

It’d be rude to write a list of gin cocktails without including the ol’ g&t. Whilst some of you may dispute whether it’s classified as a cocktail, with the right glass and quality ingredients, it definitely passes in our books. For this simple mix we recommend a flavour-packed gin such as Method and Madness from the Midleton micro-distillery in Ireland.




Optional garnishes that complement Method and Madness gin:

  • Lime wedge
  • Juniper berries
  • Cucumber slice
  • Rosemary sprig
  • Basil sprig



  1. Traditionally, a gin and tonic is served in a highball glass, but try using a stemmed balloon glass - it will not only add flair and keep the beverage cooler, but the wider opening of the glass will allow for a bigger whiff of the aromas and botanicals
  2. Pour your gin over ice and then add tonic water
  3. Garnish as you please!


Zesty gin sour

For a twist on the classic gin sour we recommend the KI NO TEA gin from Kyoto Japan mixed with the Beefeater blood orange gin. All at once smooth, tart, sour and sweet this is a fabulously well-balanced cocktail that is incredibly floral and zesty.





  1. Place all ingredients into a cocktail shaker without ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds to ensure the egg white is completely broken up
  2. Add ice into the cocktail shaker and shake for another 30 seconds
  3. Strain into a lowball glass, the froth from the egg white will collect on the top. Garnish with bitters

So, there you have it! A few gin-based cocktails that are easy to make for yourself and others at home. Keep your eyes peeled for the addition of these wonderful gins to the website.


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