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Celebrate the world's quintessential cocktail spirit. Ruairi Giles, owner of The Bonneville, shows us the way to go.

In lieu of Gin Day (yes, that is a real thing) on the 13 June, Ruairi Giles - owner of The Bonneville, a French restaurant & cocktail bar in Hackney - has  put together a list of the best gin cocktails to accompany you this summer. 

Gin actually has a pretty cool heritage and has been a key ingredient for some of the most classic cocktails. Favoured for its unique taste, gins history began in London, and was hailed as a much purer and versatile spirit than its Dutch equivalent. 

After the rise of the so-called ‘American Bars’, gin was discovered to be the perfect accompaniment for cocktails, and is in fact designed to be mixed hence why there are probably more gin cocktails than any other spirit.  

Here are five of the best Gin cocktails to look out for this summer:  

Tom Collins

25ml Lemon juice 

25ml Sugar syrup

50ml Gin 

Soda water

Shake with ice and strain over ice, top with soda. Garnish and serve. 


The Clover Club 


20ml Sugar syrup 

50ml Gin 

20ml Lemon

4-6 Raspberries

20ml Egg white

Mix and shake to foam. Then shake with ice. Strain and serve. 


The White lady

50ml Gin

20ml Triple Sec  

20ml Lemon

5ml Sugar Syrup

20ml Egg White

Shake with ice in a mixing glass then strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with orange zest.


Corpse Reviver No2


50ml Gin

20ml Triple Sec


20ml Lillet Blanc

20ml Lemon

Egg White

Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass; drop in a cherry and spray/dash absinthe.


The Last Word

50ml Gin

20ml Green Chartreuse

20ml Maraschino 

20ml Lime 

Shake with ice, strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with lime zest. 


Watch Ruairi  make some of his favourite gin cocktails here:


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