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8 Ultra-Strong Gin Cocktails for Serious Gin Drinkers Only

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A Swedish distillery called Strane recently released the world’s strongest gin, building on a long tradition of Navy Strength overproof bottlings of the botanical spirit. Clearly there’s a demand for intense gin experiences. If you’re one of those extreme gin drinkers but like to do your high-proof sipping in cocktail form (or you simply like a bold, spirit-forward cocktail), try one of these extra boozy gin drinks.

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If the Gin & Tonic emerged from a Polynesian tiki bar instead of colonial India, it would look a lot like the Gunga Din. Like any tiki cocktail built with overproof rum, this drink is based on Navy Strength gin and packs serious heat. Along with the tonic, pineapple and lime juices, simple syrup and cracked cardamom pods do their best to tame the high-proof spirit while giving the drink rich notes of spice and fruit.

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navy strength gin
fresh pineapple juice
tonic
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Don’t be fooled by the beautiful color; this pink cocktail doesn’t pull any punches. It’s a glass of gin that’s only slightly diluted by Angostura bitters, which we’d like to remind you are 44.7-percent ABV—aka, this drink is full-proof alcohol plus more full-proof alcohol. Only true gin drinkers will even know about this British classic, let alone develop a taste for the potent, dry and bitter drink.

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Gin
Angostura
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This cocktail may sound buttoned up, but its mix of gin, sherry and bitters is a refined way to drink a large amount of booze in a single glass. A variation on that quintessential heavy-hitter, the Martini, the drink swaps vermouth for sherry, which dries it out even further and adds tart, salty, meaty or nutty flavors depending on your choice of fortified wine.

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Gin
Dry Sherry
Orange Bitters
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Vodka may be in the name, but gin is the biggest player in this Vesper variation from Meghan Baler of Herb & Wood in San Diego. The classic, which already pairs gin and vodka together for a double-header of booze, gains new depth with the addition of lavender-infused Cocchi Americano (in place of Kina Lillet) and a bar spoon of Japanese whisky. Suntory Toki gives the drink a heck of a kick, but the floral notes from the lavender jump out as well, making this a strong sipper with plenty of nuance.

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Gin Mare
You and Yours Vodka
Lavender Infused Cocchi Americano
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This cocktail is based on genever (an ancestral form of gin) and comes to us from our favorite historical drinker, Ernest Hemingway. Copied down by Hemingway’s pal Charles H. Baker in The Gentleman’s Companion, the cocktail holds true to the writer’s reputation for strong, serious drinking. A heavy pour of three ounces of genever joins Angostura bitters and lime in a highball glass over crushed ice. It’s especially potent if you drink it without the optional bar spoon of simple syrup to calm the beastly drink’s edges.

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Genever
Lime
Angostura bitters
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With bitter Campari dominating the drink’s profile, the Negroni is as powerfully flavored as it is boozy. With just three ingredients—gin, Campari and sweet vermouth—the recipe is dead simple, but the booze is clear and potent.

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Gin
Campari
Sweet Vermouth
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Gin and pastis combine in this licorice-forward sipper. Crushed ice quickly melts to dilute the potent, spiced duo, which lowers the ABV just a tad, if you can wait long enough. Citrusy, dry and herbal, this drink is thicker on flavor than the London fog for which it’s named.

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Gin
Pastis
Lemon twist, for garnish
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An Old Fashioned with any spirit is the best way to gently temper hard alcohol while bringing out the best of the base liquor. Here, barrel aged gin acts as a full and round base for a smidge of honey syrup and orange bitters, which help the gin’s sweeter and fruitier notes blossom.

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Aged Gin
Honey
Orange Bitters

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