Although, gin and tonic is the most popular combination, it’s okay if you want to try other alternatives. In fact, you will get multiple benefits by combining any cocktail with gin.
Gin is a distillate that facilitates digestion, its low in calories and also enzymes stimulating drainage of the kidneys, therefore, it can be said to be diuretic.
For this reason, at Bruni Collin’s we bring you various alternatives to the tonic to combine with Gin. So get ready to taste these exquisite cocktails. But before starting the counting it is important to clarify that in the cocktail bar, when you talk about a hit, it is referenced between 6 to 8 drops and that a measure equals 50 ml.
1. French 75
This cocktail´ s name comes from the 75 mm Howitzer gun that was used by the French during World War I, because the original recipe provided the same blow as the artillery piece.
According to the story, the creation of the French 75 is a combination between the tastes of the French and the Americans. When France’s air squadrons returned safely from an excursion they used to toast with champagne. However, the American allies did not like it, as they were used to stronger drinks. Hence the need for mixing champagne with Gin.
The French 75 is quite simple to prepare without detracting from its elegance. Here its preparation:
- 2 ounces of gin seca.
- 1 teaspoon of fine sugar.
- 1/2 ounce lemon juice.
- 5 ounces Champagne.
- Mix in a shaker and serve on ice in a tall glass.
According to the story, the Martini was created in 1910 in New York by Mr. Martini, head of the bar of the Knickerbocker Club. Since then it has become one of the best known cocktails and an excellent alternative to replace tonic with vermouth herbs.
Like almost all gin preparations, the Martini is easy to prepare, you will only need 3 measures of gin mixed with a measure of white vermouth, served in a cocktail glass. It is important not to forget the ice cubes and its representative ornament: an olive.
3. Southside Cocktail
The southside cocktail is the representative drink of Al Capone and his henchmen. According to the story behind the drink, it was first prepared in a south Chicago bar by these gangsters and during prohibition.
Another controversy of this cocktail is that many people call it the gin mojito. However, its preparation and how it is served does not resemble mojito.
To prepare the southside cocktail you must macerate five mint leaves with two slices of lemon. Then add 1 ounce of simple syrup, 2 ounces of gin and ¾ lemon juice. Once shaken the mixing cup, it is served in a goblet cup or ice-cold coupe.
4. Gin Fizz
The Ramos Gin Fizz inherited the name of its creator Henry C. Ramos, who devised this cocktail 1888 in his bar The Imperial Cabinet Saloon in New Orleans, in the southern United States. Since it was first served it has enjoyed enormous popularity, not only in the city of origin, but in the rest of the world.
In addition, its preparation is simple and few ingredients are needed. We will only need to beat five ice cubes in the shaker for a couple of seconds, then add the gin, lemon juice and liquid sugar. Serve in a tall glass and add sparkling water or soda.
5. Pink Lady
Originally it was created especially for women who did not have the habit of consuming alcohol. It was a pink cocktail with a sweet taste, however, that has changed and is now one of the driest gin preparations.
To make it you will need 20 ml of gin, ¼ of egg white plus a hit of grenadine, cream of milk and lemon juice. Everything is mixed in the shaker until you get a homogeneous liquid to serve in a cocktail glass.
If you want to prepare any of the alternatives described, remember that in Bruni Collin’s we offer you the best gin. In this way, you can surprise family and friends in your next meeting.