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7 Buzz-Worthy Recipes Gin Recipes for Sacramento Region Readers

02/02/2016 10:05AM ● Published by David Norby


When the whistle blows, mix up a few classic cocktails like The Marguerite, French 75, or a gimlet. For a modern twist on the classics, check out these clever spin-offs: The Royal Collins, The Eastside and the “The Bees PJ’s.” Cheers!

Classic Recipes:


 The Marguerite 

Found in the 1904 cocktail book Stewart’s Fancy Drinks And How To Mix Them, this is the earliest known recipe for a dry gin and considered the first martini

  • 2.25 parts Plymouth Gin
  • 1 part dry vermouth
  • 3 dashes of orange bitters


Add all the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.



French 75 

This drink goes back to around 1915 when Harry MacElhone created it at the New York Bar in Paris. It was brought to the U.S. by returning World War I pilots and became a popular drink at New York City's Stork Club. The name comes from a 75mm French field gun that was said to have the same kick as the drink!


Created by The Champagne Bar at The Plaza

  •  1 part Plymouth Gin
  • ½ part freshly squeezed lemon juice
  •  ½ part Simple Syrup 
  • Brut champagne 
  •  Lemon twist


Combine gin, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into a glass. Top with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist to serve.



Sweet, tart and refreshing, a Gimlet has long been appreciated as one of the best gin sours you will find. The gimlet was also a health tonic devised by Royal Navy doctors to help sailors consume their daily ration of citrus to avoid scurvy.


Courtesy of Plymouth Gin

  •  1 ¾ oz. Plymouth Gin
  •  1 oz. Roses Lime Cordial


Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.




A proper Beefeater Negroni is the favorite cocktail of Desmond Payne, master distiller of Beefeater Gin.


Courtesy of Beefeater Gin

  • 1 part Beefeater
  • 1 part Campari
  • 1 part Sweet Vermouth


Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass (or ice-filled double rocks glass) and garnish with an orange twist.



Modern Twist to the Classic Recipes:



Royal Collins 

This is one of Luke’s go-to drinks at the moment.


Courtesy of Luke Ford, West Coast brand ambassador for Beefeater and Plymouth Gin

  •  1.75 oz of Beefeater 24 Gin
  •  .5 oz of fresh lemon juice
  •  .25 oz of fresh grapefruit juice
  • .75 oz of simple syrup


Shake all ingredients in an ice filled tin and strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top up with champagne and garnish with a large grapefruit twist! 



The Eastside 

Luke recommends this as a great drink to make fresh.


Courtesy of Luke Ford, West Coast brand ambassador for Beefeater and Plymouth Gin

  •  2 oz of Beefeater
  •  .75 oz of fresh lime juice
  •  .75 oz of simple syrup
  • Cucumber and mint


In a tin, muddle two thin slices of cucumber, add about 5-8 mint leaves that you have slapped in your hands to wake them up. Pour in ingredients, add ice and shake. Fine strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a cucumber wheel, that has a mint sprig stuck through the center, balanced on the rim.


“The Bees PJ’s” 

This is a winterized version of the “Bee’s Knees.”


Courtesy of Luke Ford, West Coast brand ambassador for Beefeater and Plymouth

  • 1.75 Beefeater
  • .75 oz of honey syrup
  •  .75 oz lemon juice

Build all ingredients into a piping hot mug and add hot water, stir together and grate fresh cinnamon on top and garnish with a cinnamon stick and lemon peel.

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