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Go back to the basics with this gin on the rocks. You can really immerse yourself in the juniper infused world of gin as it chills over ice, unlocking a symphony of botanical flavors. You can choose anything from a classic London dry to a contemporary craft gin, either way you’ll get a crisp and invigorating drink.
🥃 What is a Gin on the Rocks?
Gin on the rocks is essentially just a glass filled with ice that has a shot of gin added to it. There are no mixers or anything else included.
Drinking your gin this way really allows you to savor the complex flavors of the liquor. You can really taste all of the different layers of your botanical flavors in the gin.
Serving a drink on the rocks simply means that it is served over ice. You usually do this in order to have both a cold drink as well as allowing the ice to melt and dilute the liquor flavor a little.
Since gin is the only ingredient in this drink, it’s essential to use a high quality brand.
Of course, there are other ways you can serve gin as well, such as:
- Neat. This simply means that gin is served at room temperature in a glass with nothing else added. No ice, no garnish nothing.
- Up. This simply means that it is chilled in some way other placed in the refrigerator or shaken with ice. But, it is served in a glass without ice added.
⭐ When to Make This Drink
This drink is so easy to make You can have it served up in about a minute. It’s perfect for anything from casual sipping to formal celebrations. Try it out a few of these times:
- Game night
- Holiday parties
With only one ingredient there’s not really a lot to change here. However, here are a few ideas:
- Use different types of gin. There are a few different varieties of gin each with a different flavor profile. Pick out your favorite such as:
- London dry. This tends to have a clean and crisp flavor that is jam-packed with juniper berries or a pine like taste.
- Contemporary period these gems tend to have a unique botanical flavor profile with a wide variety of different flavors from olives to seaweed.
- Plymouth. This type of gin tends to be a little more neutral and flavor compared to the London dry, but still has that strong juniper or pine taste. It also tends to have a little bit of a citrus added in.
- Flavored gin. Like sloe gin, flavored gems tend to be flavored with different fruits or berries.
- Old tom. This gin tends to have a little bit of a sweet flavor to it.
- Add water. If you’d like to dilute the flavor of the liquor a little more, you can add a splash of water.
- A citrus twist. Give a squeeze of a lime wedge or lemon wedge into the top of the glass to add a little citrus twist.
- 2 oz Gin
- (optional) lemon or lime wedge
Gather everything up including gin, rocks glass, ice, lime wedge and jigger.
Go ahead and stuff enough ice in your glass so that it is filled to the top.
Pick up the gin in pour 2 oz into the jigger.
Pick up the jigger and pour the measured gin into your rocks glass.
If you want to add a garnish, now it is when you should do it. Cut a lime into wedges.
Take one wedge and cut a notch between the Pope and the peel. Then, use that notch to place it on the rim of the glass.
Gin on the Rocks
- Rocks glass
- Knife optional for garnish
- 2 oz Gin
- lemon or lime wedge optional garnish
- Grab enough ice to fill up the rocks glass and toss it in.
- If adding a lemon or lime wedge:1) Cut your lemon or lime into wedges.2) Slice a small notch in the pulp of one wedge.3) Stick the wedge on the rim of the glass using the notch.
- Pour 2 oz of gin with the jigger.
- Dump the gin into the glass.
- Give the glass a little swirl and then enjoy!