The Top 15 Best Gin Drinks to Try in 2021
The individualized, interesting flavors of gin contribute to the spirit’s popularity as the base in a brilliant range of mixed drinks and cocktails. The gin boom is mirroring the increased focus that other traditional spirits have achieved in recent years, and gin varieties are evolving as gin becomes more accessible, and both independent and large distillers bring new innovations to the fore.
The following collection of the top 15 best gin drinks to try in 2021 mix and match a whole host of kick ass variations of popular cocktails. I’ve also matched many of the cocktails and mixers below with our list of 21 gins to try so you can work on augmenting your ingredients and flavors to build the best option for your palate.
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1. Gin and Tonic
You can’t have a best gin drinks article without the simplest and most refreshing mixer. The key to a great gin and tonic recipe is to balance the bitterness of tonic against the gin.
Your choice of gin can have a real effect. Choosing a flavored or pink gin usually adds sweetness and color, dry gin is crisp and clean against the tonic, where a botanical gin brings out the juniper and herbal infusion.
And don’t skimp on the tonic, let the bubbles fly free!
- 3 ounces gin (we recommend Beefeater pink gin for theater)
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 4 ounces (1/2 cup) tonic water
Garnish: Lime wedge or slice
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add gin and lime juice then fill with tonic water. Garnish with lime wedge or slice.
2. Corpse Reviver No. 2
Sign me up for this. As a parent with two small boys under five, I could probably enjoy this ‘hangover cure’ most mornings for breakfast.
I asked my mother-in-law about this cocktail given her love of gin, and she responded with the following text: “I had a Corpse Reviver at a bar in Adelaide one night, and to this day I can’t remember any of it.”
The wild card in this classic cocktail is absinthe, which can be hard to get your hands on depending where you are, but it’s well worth getting hold of!
- 1 Ounce gin (Plymouth gin is good fun and has a bit more depth than dry gin)
- 1 Ounce Cointreau
- 1 Ounce Lillet Blanc
- 1 Ounce lemon juice
- 1 dash absinthe
Garnish: Orange peel
Add gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake to blend. Add a dash of absinth to a glass. Strain drink into glass. Garnish with an orange peel and serve
3. Tom Cat Gin Tom Collins
The Tom Collins was invented by a London bartender named John Collins who used Old Tom Gin to make the cocktail, which is sweeter than botanical gin, but not as sweet as Dutch Genever. A Tom Collins is like the Gin Fizz, except tastes a bit sweeter in the glass.
Gin was outlawed in the UK by the Spirits Act of 1750, which caused defiant pub owners to hang a wooden plaque shaped like a black cat to inform the passerby of the spirit’s availability.
The gin lover would deposit coins into the cat’s mouth, then a bartender would pour a ration of Old Tom gin through a tube between the cat’s paws.
- 2 ounces gin (I recommend Barr Hill Old Tom Cat Gin)
- 2/3 ounce lemon juice
- ½ ounce sugar syrup
- Soda water
Garnish: Lemon peel, Maraschino cherry
Add gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake well to blend, then strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with soda water and garnish with a maraschino cherry and lemon wedge.
4. Classic Gibson Cocktail
A Gibson is a dry gin martini garnished with a cocktail onion instead of an olive or lemon rind. There are some people out there that would discount it immediately, although the Gibson’s earthiness can taste fantastic in a well crafted drink.
- 2 1/2 ounces gin (Try it with Monkey 47 Schwarzwald gin)
- 1/2 ounce dry Vermouth
Garnish: 1 – 3 cocktail onions
Add the ingredients to a mixing glass full of ice and stir. If you’re a British MI6 agent with a license to thrill, then stick it all in a shaker and fill your boots. Pour strained into a martini glass then garnish with the cocktail onions and serve.
5. Southside Gin Cocktail
Originally hailing from the south of Chicago, the Southside cocktail was allegedly a favorite of gangster Al Capone during Prohibition. There are two popular versions for the modern gin lover: the classic southside cocktail as laid out below, and the Southside Fizz which adds soda water to the mix.
- 2 oz Gin (I recommend the Botanist Islay Dry Gin)
- 1 oz Fresh lemon juice
- 5 Mint leaves
- 1 oz Simple syrup
Garnish: Mint sprig, Lemon slice
First, gently muddle the mint and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, then add remaining ingredients and shake/stir. Strain into a chilled Martini glass then garnish with a mint sprig and lemon twist before serving.
An absolute banger from Italy, the classic Negroni gin cocktail is considered an Aperitif. An aperitif is an alcoholic beverage usually served before a meal to stimulate the appetite and is therefore usually dry rather than sweet. The Negroni is simple, fun to drink, and looks mint served in an old-fashioned whiskey glass.
- 1 ounce gin (use Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin)
- 1 ounce Campari
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth
Garnish: Orange peel
Add the gin, Campari and sweet vermouth to a mixing glass filled with ice and stir until well-chilled. Strain into a rocks glass filled with large ice cubes. Garnish with an orange peel and serve.
7. Classic Gin Fizz
The classic fizz is an easy to make and refreshing gin drink that can take on a different personality by substituting lime juice for lemon. A gin fizz has a very light, sour citrus flavor that allows botanical gin to flourish, supported by the crispness of soda.
- 2 ounces gin (I recommend Hendrick’s gin for flavor)
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice (can be substituted for lime juice)
- 3/4 ounce simple syrup
- 2 ounces soda water
Garnish: lemon wedge
Optional: Egg white (it makes the cocktail frothier and gives it some more body)
Gather your ingredients together, leaving aside some soda water. Place into a cocktail shaker pre-filled with ice. Shake thoroughly until mixed (go nuts shaking if you use egg white, it needs to be well blended)
Strain contents into a highball glass then fill with remaining soda water to taste. Stir lightly, garnish with a fresh lemon wedge then serve.
8. Gin Martini
The Martini is a classic cocktail made with gin and vermouth. While it may be a simple cocktail recipe it needs to be executed cleanly to really shine, and getting it wrong could spell disaster for a date or night out
- 3 ounces gin (I recommend Aviation Gin)
- ½ ounce dry vermouth
Garnish: 1 lemon twist or 3 olives skewered on a cocktail pick
Add the ingredients to a mixing glass full of ice and stir. Pour strained mix into a martini glass then garnish with the lemon or olives and serve.
9. Singapore Sling
The Singapore sling is a classic cocktail developed in the early 20th century by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon, who was working at the Long Bar in the famous Raffles Hotel. If you ever get the opportunity to put in some drinking time at Raffles, make sure you block out at least an evening, and have plenty of pace on your credit card (drinking in Singapore is very expensive, but lots of fun).
- 5 ounces gin (I recommend Few Barrel Aged Gin)
- ½ ounce cherry heering
- 1/3 ounce Cointreau
- 1/3 ounce Dom Benedictine
- 4 ounces pineapple juice
- ½ ounce fresh lime juice
- Splash of grenadine
- Splash of Angostura Bitters
Garnish: Maraschino cherries, Pineapple wedge
Add gin, cherry heering, Cointreau, Dom Benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, grenadine, and Angostura bitters to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake the drink like your life depends on it, and then strain mixture into a tall glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and pineapple wedge then serve.
10. The Vesper
The Vesper classic gin cocktail, or vesper Martini, was created by James Bond author Ian Fleming in the early 1950’s when it appeared in his novel Casino Royale. In the classic spy novel, Bond tells a bartender to shake the cocktail, however I’ll yield to the technical expertise of modern bartenders who recommended stirring the Vesper for maximum effect.
- 3 ounces gin (I recommend Cotswold’s Dry Gin)
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1/2 ounce Lillet blanc aperitif
Garnish: Lemon rind twist
Add the gin, vodka and Lillet blanc into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass (or highball if you prefer). Add the lemon twist to the drink, but make sure to rub the twist along the rim of the glass before dropping it into the cocktail.
My man Snoop rapped about sipping on gin and juice when I was young fella, and that’s how it will always be for me (let’s face it, gimlet would just sound weird when you’re laying down bars).
A gimlet is a classic gin mixer that’s simple, easy and tasty, no matter the quality of your gin, or the quantity of your juice.
- 2 Ounce gin (For gin and juice it must be Tanqueray Dry Gin)
- 2/3 ounce lime juice (If you want to take a risk switch for grapefruit juice)
- A splash of sugar syrup
Garnish: Lime twist
Add gin, lime juice, sugar syrup, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake to blend, and then strain into an old-fashioned glass or mason jar. Garnish with a lime twist and then serve.
12. Bronx Cocktail
Look, a Bronx cocktail is just a different martini gin cocktail recipe with some orange juice thrown in for its restorative powers (there’s no olives either). As a gin lover and juice destroyer, this appeals to me more than the classic, extremely dry martini, and when drawn up fresh glows brightly in the glass.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin (Try it with Drumshanbo Irish Gunpowder gin)
- 1/4 ounce dry vermouth
- 1/4 ounce sweet vermouth
- 3/4 ounce orange juice
Garnish: Orange slice or rind
Shake the gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth and orange juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain the shaker’s cocktail mix into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of sweet orange then serve.
13. The Gin Sour (Gin and Bitters)
The Gin Sour is a tart cocktail that goes heavy on the gin and is almost guaranteed to make you wince. The cocktail recipe is simple, but there’s some great options to either fortify the alcohol or to level out the gin and make it smoother.
- 2 ounces gin (I recommend Dryhook Ginsmiths Dry Gin)
- ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice
- ¾ ounce simple syrup
- ½ ounce egg white
- Splash of bitters
Garnish: Maraschino cherry, lemon twist
Combine your ingredients in a mixing glass, along with plenty of ice. Shake thoroughly to make sure the egg white is mixed in, then strain mixture into a coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and Maraschino cherry.
14. Elderflower Aviation Gin Cocktail
Adding floral flavor to the traditional Aviation cocktail cuts down the tartness of the lemon juice-based mixer and works well with the Maraschino liqueur. Elderflower is sweet and friendly and works brilliantly with beautifully herbal botanical gins.
You can crank up the lemon content but playing with the floral aspect really makes it a great tasting twist on a classic gine cocktail recipe.
- 5 Oz. Gin (I recommend a ‘fruitier’ gin such as Gin Mare)
- ¾ Oz. Lemon juice
- ½ Oz. Maraschino liqueur
- ½ Oz Elderflower liquor
Garnish: Luxardo cherry, Lemon twist
Chill a cocktail glass. Throw some ice into a shaker, add the gin, Elderflower, maraschino, lemon juice, and bitters. Shake to thoroughly combine and chill then strain into the cocktail glass. Rub the rim with the lemon and garnish with the Luxardo cherry.
15. Sloe Gin Blackthorn Cocktail
Sloe gin differs from classic gin as it uses sloe fruit from the blackcurrant plant rather than juniper berries and comes with a lower % ABV. It’s generally sweeter, and interesting to deploy into a range of cocktails.
- 2 oz sloe gin (I recommend Sipsmith’s Sloe Gin)
- 1 oz sweet vermouth
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Garnish: Lemon rind
Fill a mixing glass or shaker tin with ice and add the sloe gin, vermouth, and bitters. Stir well until very cold then strain into a chilled cocktail glass or highball. Squeeze some lemon rind over the top and drop the peel into the drink and serve.
Top 29 Best Watches Under $500 For Men
With cellphones so ubiquitous, your watch choice can be less about telling time and more about personal style. However, a watch is not ‘just’ a watch. For example, the vast majority are made for right-handed people, but a select few cater to the lefties among us. There is a wide range in functionality and size.
The wristwatch is also one of the few socially acceptable accessories for men, so why not have a small selection? If you’re not cashing a CEO’s paycheck just yet, here are the top 28 most handsome watches for men that retail for under $500.
Got a bigger budget? Then check out our guide to the best men’s watches under $1000 instead.
Top 29 Best Watches Under $500 For Men
1. Tommy Hilfiger Stainless Steel Men’s Watch
If you like the feel of a pliable, non-metal band but aren’t comfortable with genuine leather, this watch comes equipped with a handsome synthetic band. At 46mm in diameter, this watch is perfect for men of smaller stature, as it will not overpower your hand or make it look like you’re wearing your father’s watch. With bold Arabic numerals, a stainless steel case, and classic styling, this watch is an outstanding choice for an everyday watch and the man on a budget.
2. Nordgreen Pioneer – Black Dial
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Not everyone has an endless amount of cash to drop on a luxury timepiece. If you’re money-conscious but want something high-end, then why not consider the Nordgreen Pioneer.
An inspired take on a classic Chronograph, Nordgreen celebrates the Danish with what they call a timepiece “that captures the sustainable future.” Available in various dial colors from blue, black, and white. There’s even the choice of three case colors – gunmetal, silver, and rose gold. A perfect addition to the collection of any watch enthusiast.
3. Fossil Grant Brown Leather Watch
This lovely offering by Fossil features slim Roman numeral hour markers and delicate cut-out hands. The casing is stainless steel and is water-resistant to 165 feet, making it a great dive watch. The band is made of supple, soft calfskin leather and uses a buckle closure.
Of course, this timepiece also comes with the generous 11-year warranty and it’s own fun tin. This watch oozes class and is great for nearly every occasion in your life.
4. Citizen Sport Stainless Steel Men’s Watch With Brown Leather Band
If you don’t want to deal with changing out a battery in a digital watch, this watch is powered by either natural or indoor lighting. The mineral crystal face and stainless steel case make this watch water-resistant to 330 feet, making it a great choice for swimmers and snorkelers.
Handsome and utilitarian, this is a great watch for everyday wear. It’s one of the best watches for men who are always on the go.
5. Fossil Men’s Machine Chronograph Silicone Watch
This watch was designed with the active man in mind. The knurled silicone band stands up to sweat and oils without issue, and the timepiece itself is water-resistant to 165 feet.
The patterned bezel and quality craftsmanship of the black dial is excellent, as is to be expected from a Fossil watch. It even comes in the iconic and collectible tin!
6. Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Watch
This men’s watch features Japanese quartz movement that charges itself indoors or out when exposed to light, making it a great choice for those who don’t want to change out the battery too often. The stitched canvas strap is soft against your skin and will wick away moisture, while the mineral crystal face stands up to the rigors of your everyday life.
Water-resistant to 330 feet, this dive watch is a classic and simple design you’ll be proud of for years to come.
7. Invicta Pro Diver Chronograph Men’s Watch
Another gorgeous offering by Invicta, this watch features a bold design with a slightly nautical feel to it. It will look at home whether you’re wearing a business suit or are going for a dive of less than 660 feet. This piece is also covered by a one-year warranty as a matter of course. The luminosity feature and magnified date window make it a great choice if you work or play in low light.
If you want something that looks like a Tag Heuer but without the luxury watch brand price tag, this is a good option!
8. Casio Edifice Multi-Function Men’s Watch
This watch has three sub-dials for 12 hour, 60 minute and 60-second displays, in addition to the standard time. It also features a fold-over, push-down clasp on the stainless strap, keeping it secure throughout your activities. If you’re looking for a classy timepiece that shrieks sophistication, this is a great choice.
9. Fossil Machine Three Hand Stainless Steel Men’s Watch
This quality watch is a chameleon piece. It looks at home as a dress watch riding below the cuff of your best suit, and it also looks great paired with jeans and a t-shirt. Backed by Fossil’s 11-year warranty as a matter of course and beautifully crafted, this smoke-colored piece is guaranteed to become the go-to accessory for nearly every occasion.
10. MVMT Watches Black Face Men’s Watch
If you like the look of a simple watch, this minimalist offering from MVMT is right up your alley. With just a plain black face, tick marks to denote the hours and a single date window, there is nothing overdone or extravagant about this design. The is understated and suited to the simple design. It’s definitely a classy, low-key piece for the budget-conscious.
11. Timex Weekender Watch
If you’re looking for a fun watch to pair with casual outfits, this is a great option. The band is blue and yellow woven nylon, and the face features both civilian and military timekeeping. An Indiglo night light is also included. This watch is water-resistant to 99 feet, meaning it can withstand splashes of water or exposure to rain but you won’t want to submerge it.
12. PUMA Ultrasize Black Sport Men’s Watch
Boasting a 50mm diameter, this piece is perfect for the large-framed man or one who likes to wear his accessories oversized. A true fashion statement, this sports watch comes in eight different colors schemes to match your favorite hues.
Do be aware, however, that the dial knob is configure for left-handed men!
13. Timex Easy Reader Men’s Watch
Another dress watch designed with the older gentleman in mind, this watch features a white dial with generously sized numerals that do not appear comical to the casual observer.
It’s also an excellent choice if you take your contacts out at night and still want to be able to check the time. With classic lines and a simple white face, the watch would not be out of place at any casual gathering. It comes with Timex’s one-year warranty at no additional charge.
14. Fossil Nate Men’s Chronograph Watch
For men who like a more gritty, industrial feel to their accessories, this Fossil watch is right on point. The bezel is gear-edged and the face is utilitarian black and gray. Water-resistant to 165 feet, this watch is a great choice if you like your adornments to be understated yet add visual interest.
It’s definitely a stand-out piece, for those who would take notice!
15. Timex Expedition Field Chronograph Men’s Watch
Featuring an indigo night light, tachymeter, a date window and a buckle closure, this watch is perfect for men who like to work or play outdoors. It is also water-resistant to 330 feet, making it a great choice for snorkeling or swimming.
You won’t want to wear it for diving, however. With classic, black styling and a genuine crystal face, this is a timepiece that will stand the test of time in both form and function.
16. Seiko 5 Automatic Stainless Steel Men’s Watch
This Seiko automatic watch has all the bells and whistles you need, but presents it all in a plain and strikingly attractive manner. It features a date window in either English or Spanish, sword-shaped hands, a sweeping second hand and a mineral dial window. This is a great option for the man on the go. The canvas strap can be removed and hand-washed if sweat or other odors become an issue.
This watch is not water-resistant, so you’ll only want to wear it when you won’t be popping by the pool for a swim!
17. Invicta Pro Diver Collection Silver-Tone Men’s Watch
For those who prefer an all-metal timepiece, the stainless steel Invicta fits the bill nicely. It has a similar aesthetic to a Tag Heuer watch, but at a more affordable price. Equipped with a unilateral bezel and removable links, the band can be customized to fit your wrist perfectly. The face is flame fusion crystal and features a magnifier to highlight the date window.
It’s also water-resistant to 660 feet. If you’re looking for a gorgeous watch that stands up to an active lifestyle, this is an excellent choice.
18. Seiko Men’s Adventure-Solar Classic Casual Watch
This Seiko watch derives its power from either natural or indoor light and can withstand water depths of up to 330 feet. The supple brown leather strap and timeless brushed steel give this piece an attractive look, and the alarm chronograph is easy to set.
If you’re looking for a watch that can serve as a backup for your wake-up call while traveling, stand up to the elements and look awesome, this casual wrist watch is a winner.
19. Nautica Men’s Stainless Steel Watch with Blue Resin Band
Featuring a plethora of options and a smart, snappy style, this a great casual watch with a eye-catching blue dial. The hardy resin band is adjustable, and the face is protected by a mineral window. Whether for work or play, this bold blue design is handsome and substantial on the wrist. It comes with Nautica’s five-year warranty at no additional charge.
20. Citizen Sport Men’s Stainless Steel Watch with Black Leather Band
The black, red and white face of this piece eschews the traditional two-tone color scheme so often employed in other watches, and the contrasting stitching on the band adds creative flair. It comes backed by Citizen’s five-year warranty and will compliment any casual outfit.
21. Alessi Tic15 Analog Display Analog Quartz Black Men’s Watch
Another not-quite-round offering on our list, the curved square casing of this piece gives it instant visual appeal. Sleek and clean, this unfussy design will be a compliment to almost any occasion. It has quartz movement and is water-resistant to 99 feet, making it a great choice for everyday wear.
22. Invicta 1517 I Force Collection Watch
Another on our list designed for left-handed men, this watch is something special. Water-resistant to 330 feet and featuring oversize stenciled numbers and a sub dial, this watch is great for any casual outfit. The cloth band is extremely durable and stands up to dirt, sweat and grime.
If you lead an active lifestyle, this watch will be right at home in your collection.
23. TRIWA Blue Steel Nevil Canvas Watch
This watch comes in a whopping 14 color variations, all of them beautiful. You may decide to add more than one to your collection!
Designed in Sweden, this watch features Japanese quartz movement, a stainless steel casing and a strap made from Tärnsjö organic leather. TRIWA, which stands for Transforming the Industry of Watches, believes in the artistry of fine jewelry and it shows in their product.
24. Victorinox Swiss Army Alliance Watch
Another fine dress watch from the makers of the Swiss Army knife, this watch is emblazoned with the internally recognized cross and shield emblem. It has no sub-dials, tachymeter or other add-ons to detract from its simple and appealing style.
This watch will be at home with all but the most formal of outfits and carries a two-year warranty.
25. Ingersoll Automatic Stainless Steel Bull Run Watch
Again, Ingersoll remakes the classics and brings them into the present day. With a highly polished stainless steel casing, two sub-dials, a date aperture and arrow-shaped hands, this quartz watch is beautiful.
The band features contrasting stitching on the fine-grain leather, adding depth and detail to the workmanship. This watch will compliment any casual occasion and can be relied upon for years to come.
26. Tissot Quickster Chronograph Black Leather Men’s Watch
Made with scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and Swiss automatic movement, this watch is a smart and utilitarian choice. If you’re looking for a solid Swiss watch that isn’t flashy, this is an excellent option. It’s also guaranteed for two years.
27. Seiko Sport Solar Men’s Beige Watch
Are you getting tired of squinting down at your watch or holding it closer and closer to your face? Don’t worry, we all get a bit nearsighted with age, especially over the age of 40.
If you’re not quite ready for reading glasses or a comically huge watch, this is a great choice from Seiko. The numerals, indices and luminous hands stand out in stark white against a black background, and the numerals are generous in size. It’s a perfect casual watch for the older gentleman.
28. Seiko Men’s 5 Watch Blue Canvas Band
This simple and affordable watch has a clean, crisp aesthetic to it and doesn’t bog down its design with a ton of bells and whistles. It’s time and date, end of.
If you want a watch for casual wear, this Seiko is a shoo-in. The band is forgiving and comfortable against your wrist, and it’s blue color will likely compliment your existing wardrobe. The price is also extremely affordable.
29. Tommy Hilfiger Men’s Stainless Steel Watch With Brown Leather Band
Featuring the Hilfiger logo at the three o’clock position, this wrist watch is a statement piece. It is a bright, shiny stainless steel work of art that you’ll be proud to wear at all but the most stuffy of workplaces. The calfskin leather band uses a buckle closure and the date window is beside the logo at three o’clock.
If you’re a fan of Tommy clothing, cologne or luggage, you can complete your look with this stunning accessory.