The most popular drinks and how to make them
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Top 5 Gin Cocktails Gin is an alcohol with a mixed history.
Though the simple gin and tonic doesn’t fully let on, the liquor has a centuries-long history filled with interesting quips and tidbits. With the first documented use of gin tracing all the way back to the 17th century, the common use of longstanding phrase “gin-soaked” to describe those who over imbibe is proof of this rich history in itself.
Gin is generally a smooth drinking liquor, making it perfect for mixing into cocktails. The martini is a classic example of just this.
While many now stir up their martinis using vodka and other flavored alcohols, gin is the classic martini ingredient, its smoothness and subtle flavor making for a seamless combination with the splash of vermouth and gritty acidity of olive or lemon juice.
For this famed alcohol, there is many a popular drink. Of those, we’ve picked out the top five most asked for and how to make them. Read on for our top five gin cocktails and be sure to let us know your favorites below.
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870341 Snooth User: Amanda Schuster
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The picture of the Gin Fizz displays a Ramos Gin Fizz, which is milky. The one described here is a Sloe Gin Fizz, which is red or dark pink due to the sloe gin’s color (it’s made from sloe berries). Also, to clarify, Negronis can also be served up. Stir the contents with ice in a mixing glass and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. (Sorry to nit-pick, but gotta make those distinctions).
Jan 12, 2012 at 9:55 AM
272535 Snooth User: cmajka
Gin and Tonic? Seriously?
Jan 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM
392728 Snooth User: LostKat14
Who drinks Gin Fizzes? And how come the Gimlet wasn’t on here?
Jan 12, 2012 at 2:34 PM
386168 Snooth User: Meander61
Gin and Tonic? Seriously?
You’d be surprised how impressed some people are over a simple GnT.
Jan 12, 2012 at 2:37 PM
165811 Snooth User: fabu
Take me back to a classic French 75….
Jan 12, 2012 at 2:51 PM
368984 Snooth User: mr toomey
368984 mr toomey
Ah The Negroni, bravissimo!!!!
Jan 12, 2012 at 3:06 PM
216228 Snooth User: madamepoe
A G&T; is only worthy of this list if paired with house-made tonic water. Also- I <3 gimlets! Jan 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM 177848 Snooth User: JLN49er 177848 JLN49er 177848 1 I like my Negroni after stirring with ice in a shaker, then served in a Martini glass. Nothing else. Jan 12, 2012 at 4:18 PM 147563 Snooth User: banksvision 147563 banksvisio- n 147563 0 To answer the question from Kat, as to "who drinks Gin Fizzes?" , well we in New Orleans drink our Ramos Gin Fizz and treat it like religion. Wikka... A Ramos gin fizz (also known as a Ramos fizz or New Orleans fizz) contains gin, lemon juice, lime juice, egg white, sugar, cream, orange flower water, and soda water. It is served in a large glass, such as a Zombie glass (a non-tapered 12 to 14 ounce glass). The orange flower water and egg white significantly affect the flavor and texture of a Ramos, compared to a regular Gin Fizz. As Cleveland bar chef Everest Curley points out "a big key to making egg cocktails is not to use ice at first; the sugar acts as an emulsifier, while it and the alcohol 'cooks' the egg white." Even so, many bartenders today use powdered egg white because of the possible health risks associated with consuming raw eggs. Henry C. Ramos invented the Ramos gin fizz in 1888 at his bar, the Imperial Cabinet Saloonin on Gravier Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. It was originally called the New Orleans Fizz, and is one of the city's most famous cocktails. Before Prohibition, the bar was known to have over 20 bartenders working at once, making nothing but the Ramos Gin Fizz - and still struggling to keep up with the demand. During the carnival of 1915, 32 staff were on at once, just to shake the drink. The drink's long mixing time (12 minutes) made it a very time consuming cocktail to produce.  The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans also popularized the drink, as did governor Huey Long's fondness for it. In July 1935, Long brought a bartender named Sam Guarino from the Roosevelt Hotel to the New Yorker Hotel in New York City to show the staff there how to make the drink, so he could have it whenever he was there. The Museum of the American Cocktail has newsreel footage of this event. The Roosevelt Hotel group trademarked the drink name in 1935 and still makes it today. Jan 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM 734232 Snooth User: jcsehak 734232 jcsehak 734232 2 After a bunch of research and experimentation, I've decided the perfect Tom Collins is: 1.5 oz gin* 0.75 oz lemon juice (half a lemon) 0.75 oz simple syrup 1 not-fake maraschino cherry Stir those up, pour into a Collins glass with 4 or 5 ice cubes, add Club Soda to fill it to the top. *I've found that Hayman's Old Tom (a hair sweeter) and Hendricks (a hair more herbal) are the best gins to use. Also, Citadelle is great, and the best value. My favorite variations: Pom Collins -same as the above, but substitute homemade grenadine (made from Pom pomegranate juice, of course!) for the simple syrup. Tom Collins the Elder - same as the above, but substitute 1 oz St. Germain for the simple syrup. Jan 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM 772453 Snooth User: BarryJB 772453 BarryJB 772453 2 I'm with JLN49er - Negroni MUST be stirred in a shaker with cubed not crushed ice, and served up in a chilled glass, with a razor-thin slice of orange (blood orange if possible!)... preserves the clarity, smoothness and robust flavor - this is not a drink that deserves any watering down with melting ice... Re the G&T;, 50/50 Plymouth gin, Schweppes tonic and razor-thin slice of lemon... Love those TC variations, jcsehak - will be "testing" those tonight! Jan 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM 635448 Snooth User: John Soderquist 635448 John- Soderquist 635448 9 I don't know how to get this information in front of the public, but if you really want to experience a life-changing event with martini's, see http://www.thespir.it/cocktail-reci... and try it. Jan 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM 960611 Snooth User: ives007 960611 ives007 960611 8 yea ... Gin tonic? Come on..... How about this... Gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth and grapefruit juice... Mmm yomi or.. Smash some berrys, mint, shugar, lime juice shake with the gin (if its rangpur tanqueray much better) serve in a glass and fill with soda, add a cucumber slice last but not less... Gin, sweet vermout, soda, sprite, lime juice, cucumber slice, orange slice and a cherry.... Taste just like Pimms... Great Jan 12, 2012 at 9:02 PM Add a Comment You Write your comment here. Submit Edit Confirm Popular Cocktail Recipes Take A Bite Of Your Cocktail 7 Comments Spirits Lillet Rosé 4 Comments Cocktail Recipes The Daisy Cocktail 1 Comment Search Articles