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8 Gin Cocktails Everyone Should Memorize

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If you’re a dedicated gin drinker, then there are some classic cocktails made with the botanical spirit that you should definitely know how to make. Better yet, these eight cocktails are so simple to mix up, you won’t even need to look at the recipe after making them enough times. These are the classic gin cocktails that everyone should memorize.

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This isn’t just one of the easiest gin cocktails to memorize; it’s one of the easiest cocktails to memorize period. All you need are two ounces of gin, three-quarters of an ounce of lime juice and as much bubbly tonic as you need to fill the glass. Nail this basic recipe, then feel free to get funky with unique takes on the classic.

The Essentials

Gin
Lime Juice
Tonic Water
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Even gin haters will love the sweet, tangy Gimlet, so it’s a good cocktail recipe to have in your back pocket at all times. Luckily the simple syrup and lime juice are added in equal amounts, so it’s not a difficult recipe to recall.

The Essentials

Gin
Simple Syrup
Lime Juice
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Stir together two ounces of gin, one ounce of dry vermouth and a few dashes of orange bitters, and you have a delicious Gin Martini on your hands. While there are lots of other variations with which to experiment, this is the one recipe you should know by heart.

The Essentials

gin
dry vermouth
orange bitters
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This gin sour is quite simple to make, but it looks and tastes impressive. All it takes is gin, equal parts lime juice and Cointreau, and some bitters to shake it up.

The Essentials

gin
Cointreau
lime juice
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As one of the most underrated classic cocktails, the Last Word is deserving of your time and attention. The best part is that all you have to remember are the ingredients because they’re all added in equal parts.

The Essentials

Gin
Green Chartreuse
Maraschino liqueur
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The French 75 is one of the classiest cocktails out there, and it’s also ridiculously simple to whip up. Simply shake and strain two ounces of gin and half an ounce each of lemon juice and simple syrup into a Champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine, and you’re in business with a libation that’s stronger than it looks.

The Essentials

Gin
lemon juice
Champagne
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As another gin cocktail that will please even those who are wary of the spirit, the Bee’s Knees recipe deserves a dedicated place in your brain. Keep a jar of honey syrup in your fridge to make the process extra simple.

The Essentials

Gin
Honey Syrup
Fresh Lemon Juice
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This strong, equal-parts cocktail has endless variations, but there’s nothing quite as timeless as the classic. Because it’s so easy to memorize (equal parts gin, Campari and sweet vermouth), spend your time learning to make one the correct way.  

The Essentials

Gin
Campari
Sweet Vermouth

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