Bloodhound

Ingredients

  • 120 ml gin
  • 60 ml dry vermouth
  • 5 cubes ice cubes
  • 60 ml sweet vermouth
  • 1 handful strawberry

Directions

  1. Combine the gin, vermouths and strawberries in a blender.
  2. Add a little ice and blend until smooth.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and serve.

Pineapple Mint Punch

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 quarts pineapple juice
  • 1 liter gin
  • 1 liter club soda
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • Ice, for serving

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and ½ cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes; let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the sugar syrup, pineapple juice, gin, club soda, lime juice, and mint. Serve over ice.

Honeydew, Cucumber, and Mint Cooler

Ingredients

  • 1 honeydew melon (about 4 pounds), peeled and chopped
  • 1 English cucumber, 1/2 chopped and 1/2 thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from about 8 limes), plus 1 lime, thinly sliced, for serving
  • Splash of gin (optional)

Directions

  1. Puree the melon, chopped cucumber, and mint in a blender until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pitcher.
  2. Add the lime juice and sliced cucumber. Chill for 30 minutes or up to 12 hours. Stir well before serving. Serve over ice, garnished with lime slices. Add a splash of gin, if desired.

Martini

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces gin (Beefeater, Tanqueray, or Bombay Sapphire—something around 94 proof)
  • 1/2 ounce Noilly Prat dry white vermouth
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Chill a martini glass in the freezer for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Pour the gin and vermouth into a stainless-steel cocktail shaker or a chilled tumbler.
  3. Place 8 to 10 ice cubes in the shaker or tumbler, stir vigorously for about 20 seconds with a long-handled spoon, and strain into the chilled martini glass.
  4. How you finish off the martini is a matter of taste. A twist is the classiest way to go and yields the cleanest-tasting drink. An olive is the traditional garnish, and it looks cool. Take your pick.