After years of being the ugly stepsister in the whiskey- and vodka-loving eyes of the American public, gin has finally been getting some solid love, with new craft gins popping up on the market in droves. But now that you own nine different artisanal gins, what do you do with them once you’ve graduated from Martinis, Negronis and French 75s? We suggest the following underrated cocktails. All are in the same class as their more familiar brethren. They just haven’t had their moment yet.
The 5 Most Underrated Gin Cocktails
Taking its name from the French word for “jewel,” this gin and sweet vermouth blend with herbaceous green chartreuse offers a dry, vegetal alternative to the standby Martini. Many thanks are due to Dale DeGroff for reviving the recipe in his 2008 book The Essential Cocktail.
You won’t find the Ace on many cocktail menus, but this obscure, creamy drink is definitely worth mixing up at home. Shake gin, grenadine and lemon juice with some cream and egg whites, and you’ll have a foamy, rose-hued, sweet and sour brunch-tail to rival the best Bloody Mary or Mimosa.
Fernet is divisive, but even the most ardent haters of the bitter, tar-colored liqueur may come around when they try a Hanky Panky. Gin and a hefty pour of sweet vermouth mellow out the mere dashes of fernet, creating an impeccably balanced, lightly bitter libation.
Not unlike their namesake boroughs, the Manhattan gets all of the fame, while Brooklyn gets all of the attention. It’s time for the Bronx to have its day in the sun. Inspired by the beasts of the Bronx zoo, this variation on a Perfect Martini (equal parts sweet and dry vermouth) brightens things up with a splash of fresh orange juice.
While rum is the star of almost every tiki tipple, there are a few notable exceptions, our favorite being the Royal Hawaiian. This fruity and frothy gin cocktail mixes pineapple and lemon juice with nutty orgeat (a tiki staple), resulting in a significantly drier drink than most other sweet tiki cocktails.