Gin Focus 101

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So, are you trying to build your homebar and are fascinated by gin? Even if you don’t *think* you are, just know that gin is an extremely versatile spirit that was one of the classic spirits critical to the historical rise of cocktails and formed the foundation which many modern cocktails are based on.


Here are my recommendations for the bare minimum bottles to start out your homebar with to maximize your gin cocktail explorations, as well as to build a versatile core collection of bottles to create all types of classic cocktails. Make sure you start by stocking the basic Bar Tools, and if gin is not your fancy, see Home Bar Basics for others in the series.



  • London Dry Gin

Tanqueray, Beefeater

  • Ice

Good ice is a must. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but please don’t use freezer burnt ice – it will kill your drink


  • Campari
  • Dry Vermouth


  • Sweet Vermouth

Carpano Antica formula , Punt e Mes, Dolin

  • Angostura Bitters

An aromatic bitter cocktail “spice” to liven up and add complexity to many classics

Classics to Make

  • Gimlet | gin, lime, sugar (add cucumbers, basil, or berries!)
  • Gin Rickey | gin, lime, sparkling water
  • Gin & Tonic | gin, tonic water
  • Collins | gin, lemon, sugar, sparkling water
  • Bee’s Knees | gin, honey, lemon
  • Martini | gin, dry vermouth
  • Negroni | gin, Campari, sweet vermouth
  • Pink Gin | gin, Angostura

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