A Beginner's Guide on How to Drink Gin

A Beginner's Guide on How to Drink Gin

As one of the oldest alcohols around, gin presents a challenge for those who don't drink hard alcohol. So, if you're not a gin drinker, let me break it down for you because you're not sure where to start.

3 Classic Ways to Drink Gin

You can typically drink most alcoholic spirits by themselves. They're most commonly served straight, on the rocks, or neat.

  • Straight

When it comes to gin, this is exactly what it means. You're just going to take the shot of gin straight. As some might say, it's not for everyone, but gin is a great option for people who want hard alcohol that isn't overpowering.

Many people are afraid to drink a whiskey or scotch because of the bitter taste, but gins like Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, or the ever famous Tanqueray Ten are some of the most delicious hard alcohols you can try.

  • On the Rocks

I like this option for those who want to start slow but want to consume alcohol faster. Again, gin is hard alcohol, so a single shot of gin can pack a mean punch.

If you're not a fan of the taste, by having it on the rocks, you can take away some of the intensity of the alcohol while still enjoying the flavours.

  • Neat

When someone orders a drink neat, it simply means that they have no ice or water in their alcohol.

This is a popular option for those looking for a stronger alcohol taste. As gin is very strong alcohol, you can usually drink it neat without too much problem.

You can taste more of the flavours and enjoy the drink more because you're not adding any water or ice.

Mixing Gin into Cocktails

Since gin has been used as a medicinal treatment since medieval times, it's only fitting that some talented mixologists have created delicious cocktails using this alcohol. Here are three of the most popular drinks made with gin:

  • Gin and Tonic

  • This is one of the most common drinks you'll find with gin. It's a classic cocktail, not just for people who don't like hard alcohol. You're combining the gin with tonic water to create a refreshing and delicious cocktail in this drink.

  • Gin Martini

  • This is one of the classic drinks made with gin. The gin with a bit of vermouth makes this drink unique.

    Simply add the vermouth to a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice to make this drink. Add the gin to the mix and a little bit of simple syrup. Simply strain it into a martini glass after mixing gin with the vermouth and ice.

  • Gin and Juice

  • In this cocktail, you're using the same ingredients as you do for the martini, but instead of adding the vermouth, you will add cranberry juice. This is possibly one of the most popular gin cocktails, usually served in a martini glass.


    As you can probably tell, there are tons of ways you can get gin into your system. Try one of the drinks above if you've been meaning to try it out but haven't had much success. It's easier to consume than you think, and you will have a great time.

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