Gin Cocktails For The Smart and Fashionable

Cocktail menus require a library of booze, but with these choices you won’t break the bank and still manage to impress guests. These cocktails each have literary references for conversation starters and dress tips to match.

If you have ever wanted to be a bartender but were too afraid you’d screw up the recipe, these simple drinks will change that. Read up on what literary figures love these drinks and wear something that makes you look like you know what you’re talking about. The best bartenders look good and have something interesting to say.

Gin Gimlet


2 ounces Gin
1 3/4th ounces Lime Juice or Lime Cordial


Pour it all into a mixer with ice and stir. Strain the contents and drink that sucker. This is one of Philip Marlowe’s favorite drinks.

The perfect drink to go with an evening gown. This drink is for girls that like to sit in dark corners of Los Angeles jazz lounges––back when you could still smoke inside.

Singapore Sling


1 ounce of Gin
½ an ounce of Grenadine
Sweet and Sour mix
Club Soda
½ ounce of Cherry Brandy


Pour the grenadine into the bottom of a collins glass, then fill the glass with ice. Add an ounce of gin. Add equal parts club soda and sweet and sour mix. Pour a half ounce of cherry brandy over the top. No need to stir. If you are feeling fancy, garnish with a slice of pineapple. This cocktail made an appearance in Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas at the Beverly Hotel.

Singapore Slings are a match with bright sundresses and big hats with sunglasses.

White Angel


2 ounces Gin
2 ounces Vodka


Shake with ice and pour...How can you screw this up? This is what Holly Golightly drinks in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

Dark fitted cocktail dresses and your finest jewelry compliment the white angel.

Gin Rickey


1 ½ ounces Gin
Juice from half a lime
Carbonated Water
1 Lime Wedge


Put the gin and lime juice into a highball over ice. Add carbonated water. Put the lime wedge on the rim and, presto. If you idolize Jay Gatsby, this is the cocktail for you.

Gin Rickey is what you’d drink if you just finished playing tennis and are still in your skirt and sweater.

Webster F. Street Layaway Plan


2 ounces Gin
¼ ounce Green Chartreuse
1 Lemon Peel Garnish


Pour a little of the green Chartreuse into a martini glass and swirl it around to coat the glass. Throw the rest out. Put the gin in a shaker with ice and stir 20 times very quickly. Pour the gin into the martini glass. Doc from John Steinbeck’s Cannery Row had a few of these.

High waisted jeans and a cropped button-up top give a girl attitude while she sips a Webster F. Street Layaway. A pair of sunglasses with your hair put up will finish the Amy Winehouse-inspired look.

Alexander Cocktail


1 ounce Gin
1 ounce White Creme de Cacao
1 ounce Light Creme


Shake everything except the nutmeg in a shaker with ice and strain into a martini glass. Sprinkle nutmeg over the top and serve. Anthony Blanche from Brideshead Revisited was fond of this one.

After a long day of skiing or at a winter party with a sweater and jeans, the Alexander cocktail goes great with any winter look.

Blaine  Fuller
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