#FestiveDrinks: These 4 classic gin cocktails will get you into the festive spirit

Of the six basic spirits that are used in cocktail-making, gin is the most versatile. Its distinct herb and spice aromatics enable it to blend well with a range of liqueurs and fruit juices and even other spirits. Add to that its colourlessness which makes it a neutral background for festive looking creations.

You will need

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Gin
  • Dry vermouth
  • Cointreau (colourless, orange flavoured liqueur)
  • Grenadine (pomegranate syrup)
  • Pineapple juice
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Orange juice
  • Lemon rind
  • Green olives
  • White cocktail pearl onions

Classic Dry Martini



No cocktail recipe is more argued over than the classic Dry Martini.

It basically consists of two measures of ice-cold gin to one measure ice-cold dry white vermouth. The drink should be mixed gently in a jug (stirred not shaken), with ice, and then strained into the traditional martini glass, which should come out of the freezer. Add a twist of lemon rind or one or two green olives skewered on a toothpick.


A variation of this martini is the Gibson where two white cocktail pearl onions skewered on a toothpick are added in stead of the olives or lemon rind.

Pink Pussycat



2 measures / 2 Tblsp gin

3 measures / 4 Tblsp pineapple juice

2 measures / 2 Tblsp grapefruit juice

1/2 measure / 2 tsp grenadine

Shake all the ingredients well, with ice, in a cocktail shaker and strain into a tall glass.




2 measures / 2 Tblsp gin

2 measures / 2 Tblsp dry vermouth

1/4 measure / 1 tsp grenadine

dash cointreau

dash orange juice

Shake well, with ice, in a cocktail shaker and strain into a glass.



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