Gin

The Funny Valentine

The Funny Valentine

This light and crisp cocktail is perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner date, or just a romantic evening with your loved one. This past Valentine’s Day we had a love affair with Rosé; specifically Castello Del Poggio Sweet Rosé, so when they provided us with this recipe we couldn’t help but share it to you. This cocktail has a light flavor to it that also maintain a certain sweetness with a crisp finish. It’s a perfect sipping cocktail and is sure to bring a smile to your personal Valentine.

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Ingredients:

  • 0.5 oz. Gin

  • 2 oz. Rosé Wine

  • 2 dashes simple syrup

  • 0.4 oz. lemon juice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:   Mild

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Sweet

Method:

Combine simple syrup, lemon juice, and gin in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass, then top with rosé.

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The Gimlet

About The Gimlet

The Gimlet was developed around the time of the Roaring Twenties and is of disputable origin. A simple and light cocktail, the Gimlet is an easy creation that can be altered in a myriad of ways to suit the customer’s taste. The classical recipe calls for a cocktail made with equal parts gin and lime juice, garnished with the such, served neat. We at Empire Mixology enjoy and respect the classic recipe, but we preferred a less intense lime juice addition (around 1 oz. or less), and added lemon-lime soda to create a more highball-esque version.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Gin

  • Lime Juice to taste

  • Lemon-Lime Soda/Club Soda (optional)

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:      Preference

  • Strength:   Strong

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Strong

Method:

Pour gin into desired glass; typically a martini glass or wine glass. Ice optional. Add desired lime juice quantity (classically a 1:1 ratio). If desired, add soda to make the cocktail more of a highball.

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The Long Island Iced Tea

About The Long Island Iced Tea

 Disclaimer: The following recipe is not the IBA Official Long Island Iced Tea. The following recipe is a custom Empire Mixology Long Island Iced Tea that has been a family hand-down recipe from our multi-generational team of bartenders and mixologists. In contrast to the “official” recipe, the Empire recipe tones down the tequila and gin, while adding more rum. Also, a splash of rye is introduced to cut the harsh flavor of the tequila and gin and create a much smoother finish. This recipe is an Empire Mixology recipe that has never left an upset customer.

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Ingredients:

• 1 oz. Vodka

• 1¼ oz. Rum

• ¾ oz. Gin

• ¾ oz. Tequila

• 1 oz. Triple Sec

• Splash of Rye Whiskey

• 4½ oz. Sour Mix

• Splash of Coca Cola

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating: 5 Stars

  • Served: On the Rocks

  • Strength: Strong

  • Difficulty: Medium

  • Flavor: Sweet

Method:

Build ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice, except for the coca cola. Gently shake a few times to chill ingredients. Pour with ice into highball or pint glass. Add splash of coke and stir gently. Add lemon wedge and cherry as garnish. The color should be pale brown, similar to iced tea. If the drink is too dark then too much coke has been added.

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The Greyhound

About The Greyhound

The Greyhound is a prohibition era cocktail and is the same cocktail as a Salty Dog, except without the salt. Although a Greyhound is more commonly served with vodka presently, we prefer to stick to the classic recipe and use gin. The natural flavor of gin and grapefruit comes to life with this simple recipe and makes for a tasty and deceiving drink.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Gin

  • Fill Grapefruit Juice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:    Medium

  • Difficulty:    Simple

  • Flavor:        Fruity

Method:

Shake Gin and Grapefruit Juice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into glass with fresh ice.

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The Derby

About The Derby

The Derby is a southern style IBA Official Cocktail. This recipe is best enjoyed on a cool summer evening or with a light dinner. The refreshing juniper flavor of gin and mint combined with peach bitters creates a sweet yet smooth taste.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Gin

  • 1/2 oz. Peach Bitters

  • 2 Mint Leaves for garnish

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:   Strong

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Strong

Method:

Pour Gin and Peach Bitters into mixing glass with ice. Stir until well chilled and strain into martini glass. Garnish with fresh mint.

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The Salty Dog

About The Salty Dog

The Salty Dog is thought to have originated during or just after the Prohibition Era. Without the salt, a Salty Dog is known as a Greyhound Cocktail. Like many drinks from this era, the Salty Dog is traditionally made with gin, however more modern recipes have replaced gin with vodka. Fruity yet bitter, the Salty Dog is a decent brunch or late afternoon cocktail.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. Gin

  • Fill Grapefruit Juice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:       Straight

  • Strength:    Medium

  • Difficulty:    Simple

  • Flavor:        Fruity/Salty

Method:

Shake Gin and Grapefruit Juice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into salt-rimmed highball glass.

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The Gin Fizz

About The Gin Fizz

The New Orleans original has been in fashion since the 1800s, with its peak during the early to mid 1900s before it became an international sensation. Mostly seen now as a retro-classic cocktail, the Gin Fizz remains a pillar of modern mixology and can be changed to suit the individual drinker by substituting gin with whiskey or rum.

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Gin

  • 1 Lemon Juice

  • Dash of Gomme Syrup

  • 3 oz. Club Soda

  • 1 Lemon Slice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:  Medium

  • Difficulty: Medium

  • Flavor:       Sweet

Method:

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, except the Club Soda. Strain into highball glass with fresh ice. Top with Club Soda and garnish with a lemon slice.

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The Aviation

About The Aviation

This blast from the past hails from the Hotel Wallick in New York City. The following recipe is NOT the original recipe; it is the accepted IBA Classic recipe as recorded in the 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book. The original recipe calls for Crème de Violette, however the ingredient is often overlooked or skipped entirely as it is not usually stocked.

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Gin

  • .5 oz. Lemon Juice

  • .5 oz. Maraschino Liqueur

  • Maraschino Cherry for Garnish

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:   Strong

  • Difficulty:  Medium

  • Flavor:       Spirit

Method:

Add all ingredients to an ice filled cocktail shaker and shake until well chilled. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with cherry.

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The Gin & Tonic

About The Gin & Tonic

The cornerstone of the Gin scene, and one of the longest preserved recipes in all of mixology; the Gin and Tonic hails from the country of India and was invented by the British East India Company soldiers. The “original” recipe was founded in the 19th century and was used as a medicine to fight malaria for soldiers. Small amounts of gin were even included in soldier’s ration kits!

The Gin and Tonic is a widely popular recipe due to its own sort of uniqueness surrounding its taste. Although the main ingredients of this recipe are often bitter, the finish of the cocktail is shielded from the bitter taste. Gin is an art form in the East, and is often served much differently than in the United States. Other countries including Spain and India prefer to use a coupe glass that allows the gin to breathe as it is served instead of the oft-used highball glass. Try this method for yourself and see what you think is best!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. (or to taste) Gin

  • Fill Tonic Water

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.5 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:    Medium

  • Difficulty:   Simple

  • Flavor:       Juniper

Method:

In a glass filled with ice cubes, add gin and tonic. Garnish with lime wedge.

Empire Tip: The Gin and Tonic is a interesting recipe when it comes to garnish; as different brands often suggest different fruits. For example, when using Hendrick’s Gin© the garnish is normally a cucumber; when using Beefeater© the garnish is normally an orange slice; and when using some other brands its even lemon. If you use both lemon and limes as a garnish the recipe is called an “Evans.”

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The Martini

About The Martini

Once called the greatest American invention of all time, the actual origins of this cocktail are shrouded in mystery; credited to both Italy and San Francisco, CA. The Martini became the signature cocktail of the United States during prohibition and has endured as a true symbol of elegance and class. The Martini is an essential in every bartender’s toolkit and no self-respecting mixologist may use the title without mastering this cocktail. Also, note the Martini is made with GIN not vodka, and is STIRRED, and not shaken.

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Ingredients:

  • 2.5 oz. Gin

  • .5 oz. Dry Vermouth

  • 1 Cocktail Olive/Lemon Twist

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:   Strong

  • Difficulty: Medium

  • Flavor:       Spirit

Method:

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Unlike James Bond, stir this one until well chilled and strain into a martini glass.

Empire Tip: Garnish with a lemon twist or olives to your preference.

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The Monkey Gland

About The Monkey Gland

Yeah what’s with the name right? It’s a long story about plastic surgery and monkey testicles so we’re just not going to go there. This cocktail is an IBA Classic; and probably the oddest titled one on the list. hailing from Paris, France at Harry’s New York Bar This cocktail can hit you hard with its powerful recipe and the addition of Absinthe. Have fun ordering this one at the bar and not sounding like a weirdo.

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. Gin

  • 1.5 Orange Juice

  • Dash of Absinthe

  • Dash of Grenadine

  • Sugar to preference/taste.

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:  Strong

  • Difficulty: Complex

  • Flavor:       Spirit

Method:

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into a martini glass.

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The Negroni

About The Negroni

This IBA Official Cocktail is an Italian native, and packs quite a strong and bitter punch. The Negroni is believed to hail from Florence, Italy around the year 1919. The recipe is a take on the fellow IBA Official Cocktail; the Americano. The Negroni is certainly a drink to impress your friends and bartender when ordered.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part Gin

  • 1 part Sweet Vermouth

  • 1 part Campari

  • 1 Half Wheel Orange Slice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       3.5 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:  Strong

  • Difficulty:  Simple

  • Flavor:       Bitter

Method:

Add the ingredients to an old fashioned glass and stir until well mixed. Garnish with half an orange wheel.

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