Beyond the G&T: 5 Best Gin Cocktails

Categories: Booze, Top Five

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Negroni Cocktail

Although it's hard not to think "tonic" when putting together a gin cocktail, there's plenty of other mixers that complement this spirit. Here are five icy juniper berry spirit libations perfect for the dog days of summer.

5. Salty Dog. Wedding salt with grapefruit juice and gin, The Salty Dog is the perfect plural marriage of sour, sugary, and savory. Use pink grapefruit if you like a sweeter potion and yellow grapefruit to up the pucker factor. And, don't forget the salt rim--without it, the drink is just a Greyhound.

4. Negroni. In 2019, the Negroni cocktail will turn 100 years old, but there's no need to postpone celebrating. Boasting a sexy scarlet hue thanks to the inclusion of vermouth, the negroni isn't sickly sweet as this color might suggest. Rather, the combination of gin and campri give it an earthy bite that is only mildly tempered by the sugar of the vermouth.

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del.martinis topcommenter

We just had our first Vesper, but it pales in comparison to a Negroni.


@del.martinis I was unimpressed by the Vesper at Beaver's--generally an excellent source of fine cocktails.  Tasted like a vodka martini...

Then I read that Lillet had been reformulated over the years to be less bitter & Cocchi Americano had been suggested as a substitute. Line & Lariat uses it in their Vespers. Tasty & stimulating!  But it will knock you flat out--don't drink on an empty stomach...

del.martinis topcommenter

@kmaher23 @del.martinis It's funny, but a friend of mine on Facebook also instructed me on using Cocchi since in 1986, Lillet took out the quinine and left it less bitter.  So I'll have to re-make it with that and I'm sure it'll be better, since I love bitter. 

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