The Gin Sling

Gin Sling ingredients: sweet vermouth, gin, lemon, angostura bitters, simple syrup, club sodaIf you do any reading at all about the art of cocktails (and I assume you do, since you’ve ended up here!), you’ve probably come across the name Dale DeGroff. If you haven’t, you need to read more! And you should start with Dale’s book, The Essential Cocktail: The Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks.

Anyway, Dale is commonly known as the King of Cocktails (rightfully so), and you really can’t go wrong mixing one of his recipes. Among my favorite is his take on the classic Gin Sling.

Here’s what you’ll need:

1 1/2oz gin
1oz fresh lemon juice
3/4oz simple syrup
1/2oz sweet vermouth (the Italian kind)
A dash of Angostura bitters
Club soda

Gin SlingMix all of the ingredients except the club soda in your shaker and top with ice. Give a good hard shake. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice, and top off with club soda.

Generally you’ll want to garnish this with a lemon twist or a spiral lemon peel.

The end result is refreshing, and simply delicious.


Tags: angostura bitters, club soda, cocktail, dale degroff, gin, lemon, recipe, simple syrup, sour, sweet vermouth

3 Responses to “The Gin Sling”

  1. Comparing the Traditional and Modern takes on the Gin Sling | Spirited Cocktails Says:

    [...] reminded me that the Gin Sling I wrote about a few days ago is an updated take on the traditional. As I mentioned, Dale DeGroff [...]

  2. Philip David Says:

    Looks like a great recipe, but your recipe states:
    1/2oz sweet vermouth (the Italian kind)
    And you have Noilly Prat pictured which is blatently a French Vermouth!

  3. Josh Says:

    Hi Philip – thanks for your comment! The vermouth pictured is actually sweet vermouth though. In the US, Noilly Prat distributes both sweet Italian vermouth (with a red label) and dry French vermouth (with a green label). Apologies for any confusion – you definitely want sweet vermouth for this recipe. Cheers!

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