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Gin Cocktail Recipes

Below are a few popular cocktail recipes. Some are classics, such as G&T, Tom Collins and Negroni. Others are based on the classics, but with a modern twist. All the recipes below make a single serving.

Be sure to also try the mouth-watering recipes (mostly for desserts) that has either gin or tonic, or both, as ingredients!

Gin & Tonic

25 ml Hope on Hopkins London Dry Gin
75 ml ml Tonic Water
lemon and a sprig of rosemary

  1. Pour the gin followed by the tonic into a glass filled with ice.
  2. Serve with a slice of lemon and a sprig of rosemary.


Tom Collins

50 ml Hope On Hopkins London Dry Gin
25 ml lemon juice
15 ml sugar syrup
Soda water

  1. Mix the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup over ice.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and top with soda water.
  3. Garnish with a lemon slice.



50 ml Hope on Hopkins Gin
50 ml Campari
50 ml Vermouth * (e.g. Caperitif)
Slice of Orange

  1. Stir up all the ingredients over ice.
  2. Pour into an ince-filled tumbler and serve with a slice of orange or orange peel.

Source: (Photo by Retha Ferguson).

Read more about Hope On Hopkins here



45ml Gin
10ml Dry Vermouth
Twist of Lemon plus an olive of two

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.
  2. Stir gently until the mixture is very cold.
  3. Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with lemon and olives.



Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic

6 slices cucumber
1 lime
1 sprig rosemary
60 ml Gin
120 ml Tonic water

  1. Peel one half of a cucumber, and slice a lime into eight wedges. Combine three slices of cucumber, 1 sprig of rosemary, the juice from a lime wedge and 30 ml of the gin in a highball glass.
  2. Muddle with the back of a spoon and strain through a mesh strainer into a second highball glass.
  3. Add several cubes of ice, and three slices of cucumber.
  4. Top with remaining gin and tonic, and serve garnished with rosemary sprigs.



Festive Season Appletizer & Gin
A fruity twist on a gin & tonic, this long refreshing cocktail is lightly spiced and perfect for a Christmas party. Take out the cinnamon stick and serve it in the summer too.

50 ml gin
250 ml chilled Appletiser
Cinnamon stick
Cranberries (frozen) or fresh raspberries
Slice apple
Wedge of lime

  1. Pour the gin into a glass, top with Appletiser, add the ice cubes, cinnamon stick, cranberries or raspberries and apple.
  2. Give the lime wedge a gentle squeeze and then add to the drink.



Rose Gin Martini

50 ml Musgrave Pink Gin
25 ml Dry Vermouth or rose vermouth
3 drops of grapefruit or orange bitters
a rose petal for garnish

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes.
  2. Stir gently until the mixture is very cold.
  3. Strain into chilled martini glass and add a few drops of bitters.
  4. Garnish with a rose petal and serve.


Did you know that Musgrave Pink is the first rose infused Gin in South Africa?


Vermouth is an aromatic fortified wine flavoured with herbs, roots, bark, flowers and other botanicals. It is a key ingredient in classic cocktails. It comes in two basic styles: sweet and dry. Sweet Vermouth is also known as Italian Vermouth and is used in cocktails such as Negronis and Manhattans. Dry Vermouth, aka French Vermouth, is used in Martini’s.
Both sweet and dry vermouth can be enjoyed on their own over ice as an aperitif. A mixture of half dry, half sweet Vermouth is very good! When people talk about a “wet” or “dry” Martini, they are referring to the amount of Vermouth added to the mix.

Bitters, also known as cocktail bitters, are made from aromatic plant extracts such as the bark of the cinchona tree (quinine). Unlike aperitif bitters such as Campari, cocktail bitters are only meant to be consumed a few drops at a time.

Simple syrup, also known as bar syrup or sugar syrup, is a liquid sweetener created by mixing equal parts of sugar and water.  Simple syrup is an essential ingredient in cocktails and other beverages because it blends so well with other liquids. Click here for the recipe.