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11 Delicious Gin Cocktail Recipes To Spice Up Your At-Home Happy Hour

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Not sure if you’ve heard, but lockdown restrictions are starting to be relaxed around the country. Which means you can start entertaining a few friends at home again. Which absolutely means it’s time to level up your happy hour offerings.

What better place to start than with a few simple, yet completely delicious gin cocktails?

Gin cocktails always taste like sophistication. they don’t have to have a lot of ingredients or complicated steps but they always look very impressive, making them the perfect way to show off your isolation skills to your friends.

These 11 gin cocktail recipes were shared with us by Visit NSW, and they feature some rad local distilleries (yay supporting Aussies!). However, you can obviously switch out the gins for whatever you have.

#1 Daalgaal Tonic


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Gin used: Daalgaal gin from Headlands Distiller Co, featuring Illawarra Plums and native stingless bee honey.

Method: Stir with ice


  • 30ml Daalgaal Gin
  • Splash of Capi Native Tonic
  • Garnish of Blood Orange or Grapefruit.

#2 Black Truffle Martini


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Gin used: Black Truffle Gin from Stone Pine Distillery, featuring black truffle.

Method: Stir the ingredients with ice, strain and serve into a chilled martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a burnt butter sage.


  • 5 parts Stone Pine Black Truffle Gin
  • 1 part Lillet Blanc

# 3 Mudgee Negroni

Gin used: XLCR Gin from Baker Williams.

Method: Stir with ice


  • 2 parts Gin XLCR
  • 1 part Orancello
  • 1 part Peter Van Gent Sweet Vermouth

#4 Southside


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Gin used: Ink Gin from Husk Distillery, featuring 13 organic botanicals.

Method: Stir with ice


  • 45ml Ink Gin
  • 30ml Lemon juice
  • 15ml Simple Syrup
  • Mint

#5 Lemon Myrtle Collins


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Gin used: Moore’s Dry Gin from Distillery Botanica.

Method: Combine the Moore’s Dry Gin, Lemon Myrtle Liqueur and lemon juice in a highball glass over ice. Stir well and top with soda water, garnish with fresh lemon.


  • 20ml Moore’s Dry Gin
  • 20ml Lemon Myrtle Liqueur
  • 20ml Lemon Juice
  • Soda Water
  • Fresh Lemon

#6 Newy Distillery Signature Hot Chocolate


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Gin used: Signature Gin from Newy Distillery, featuring fresh Orange, Lime and Lemon as well as Almonds, Orris, Cassia Bark and Grains of Paradise.

Method: Heat milk, add the milk chocolate to the hot milk. Once melted add the Newy Distillery Signature Gin. Top with whipped cream.


  • 60g Cadbury Milk Chocolate
  • 180ml hot milk heated in the microwave
  • 40ml Newy Distillery Signature Gin

#7 Winter Negroni


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Gin used: Classic Wildbrumby Gin from Wildbrumby Distillery, featuring local native botanicals like the Mountain Pepper Berry.

Method: Place ingredients and ice in a lowball glass. Stir and garnish with orange zest. 


  • 1 part Classic Wildbrumby Gin
  • 1 part Seasonal Baked Apple Schnapps
  • 1 part  Italian Bitters or Campari
  • Orange zest or slice

#8 G & Tea


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Gin used: Connoisseur Gin from North of Eden’s, featuring local kelp.

Method: Place ice in a mug, add Earl Grey Tea, Connoisseur Gin and sugar syrup.


  • 30ml Connoisseur Gin
  • 60ml Chilled Earl Grey Tea
  • 15ml Sugar Syrup

#9 Gin Gin Mule

Gin used: Dry Gin Murrumbidgee from Aisling distillery featuring fresh Riverina Citrus.

Method: Place ice in a glass, add gin, add a fresh squeeze of lime, top with ginger beer, garnish with fresh lime and mint. Optional – if you prefer a sweeter drink, add a dash of sugar syrup with the gin.


  • 60ml Dry Gin Murrumbidgee
  • Squeeze of Fresh Lime
  • Ginger Beer
  • 1 x Fresh Mint Sprig
  • Dash of Fresh Lime
  • Optional – dash of sugar syrup.

# 10 Ruby Gin

Gin used: Ruby Gin by Pretty Parrot Distillery featuring Hibiscus, Lilly Pilly and Grapefruit.

Method: In a tall glass add ice, Ruby Gin, half tonic and half grapefruit juice and garnish with a slice of orange.


  • 30ml Ruby Gin
  • 115ml Tonic water
  • 115ml Grapefruit juice
  • Fresh Orange

#11 Basil & Cucumber Smash

Gin used: Brookies Dry Gin gin from Cape Byron Distillery, featuring 25 botanicals including Sunrise Finger Limes, Aniseed Myrtle, Cinnamon Myrtle, Macadamia, Native River Mint and Native Raspberry.

Method: Muddle the basil, lemon & cucumber in a shaker, add gin and sugar syrup, shake ingredients. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh basil.


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