Gin is a go-to answer to the question, ‘What’s your favourite spirit?’ But we wonder how often that’s on the basis of gin and tonics alone.

To mark World Gin Day (June 12) here’s a few gin-based beverages you may not have realised contain gin, plus a couple you may not have heard of at all…

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Gin cocktails that you didn’t know contained gin

1. French 75

The French 75 gin cocktails
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An elegant concoction for almost any occasion, the French 75 is one of those classic cocktails, but may have no idea what it contains. Equal parts dry gin and Champagne, with syrup and lemon juice to wash it down, this sweet and simple offering is a garden party staple, perfect for making at home and consuming on a sunny summer day.

2. Avocado Gimlet

 
 
 
 
 
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Avocados and cocktails don’t spend time together very often, and this off-the-wall offering is a surefire conversation starter. You’ll have to work for it though, as your first step is to infuse your gin with rosemary and green olives for at least 24 hours. Colourful and fruity – though not in a pina colada kind of way – the finished drink looks deceptively like a smoothie.

3. White Negroni

 
 
 
 
 
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A classic of the gin genre, the white negroni takes the traditional negroni and makes it brighter and breezier by replacing the Campari and vermouth with Suze liqueur and Lillet Blanc. A relatively recent addition to most cocktail menus, the drink was allegedly first mixed in 2001 by London bartender Wayne Collins, and soon found its way around the world.

4. The Bee’s Knees

The Bees Knees gin cocktails
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A prohibition-era cocktail (funny how so many drinks emerged from that time), the name ‘Bee’s Knees’ serves two purposes – one, it’s made with honey, two, it’s extremely tasty. An extension of a gin sour, with honey instead of sugar, this gin-and-lemon-juice drink is refreshing and easy to make, meaning it’s a good option for parties, or any situation where you’re serving a crowd.

5. Vesper Martini

Vesper Martini gin cocktails
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The sort of drink normally sipped in expensive hotel bars while wearing fancy clothes, the vesper martini is a tad more summery than the classic martini, as it’s just a tinge lighter in colour. The drink was made famous by the film Casino Royale, in which James Bond orders, and we quote: “Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel.” You heard the man.

Best-selling gin glasses

Stuck for inspiration? Check out our list of best-selling Amazon products!

Bestseller No. 1
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Bestseller No. 2
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  • Perfect for serving traditional Gin & Tonic, Tom Collins, Gin Fizz or Singapore Sling cocktails
Bestseller No. 3
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SaleBestseller No. 4
BarCraft Balloon Gin Glasses, Rainbow-Pearl Iridescent, 2 Count (Pack of 1)
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  • Adds shimmering style to all occasions: serve gin cocktails at a formal party, or break them out at your next get-together with friends
Bestseller No. 5
Ikonic Like Alternato Set of 2 Gin Glasses, Short Stem Glasses 19oz 540ml | Balloon Gin Spanish Copa
  • Short Stem Design - Stronger & more stable than traditional long stem goblets
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  • Dimensions: Capacity: 540ml Diameter: 10.5cm Height: 14.5cm

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