Gin Sling Recipe - Classic English Cocktail

Gin Sling

Gin Sling Recipe - Classic English Cocktail
Region / culture: England | Preparation time: 5 minutes | Servings: 1


Gin Sling
Gin Sling

Gin Sling is a classic cocktail that has been enjoyed for centuries. This refreshing drink is perfect for a hot summer day or as a pre-dinner cocktail. The combination of gin, sugar, and nutmeg creates a unique and delicious flavor that is sure to please your taste buds.


The Gin Sling originated in the early 19th century in British colonial India. It was originally made with gin, sugar, water, and lemon juice. Over the years, the recipe has evolved to include different variations, but the classic version remains a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts.


How to prepare

  1. In a small bar glass, combine the first four ingredients using a spoon.
  2. Sprinkle a small amount of grated nutmeg on top of the drink.


  • Try adding a splash of soda water for a fizzy twist.
  • Substitute the sugar with simple syrup for a smoother texture.
  • Experiment with different types of gin for a unique flavor profile.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Use a good quality gin for the best flavor.

- Make sure to use fresh nutmeg for a more intense flavor.

- Adjust the amount of sugar to suit your taste preferences.

Serving Suggestions

Serve the Gin Sling in a chilled glass with a slice of lemon or orange for garnish.

Cooking Techniques

Mix the ingredients in a glass with a spoon to ensure they are well combined.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can substitute the gin with vodka for a different flavor profile.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the ingredients in advance and mix them when ready to serve.

Presentation Ideas

Serve the Gin Sling in a tall glass with a colorful straw for a fun presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

The Gin Sling pairs well with light appetizers such as shrimp cocktail or bruschetta.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

The Gin Sling is best served fresh and should not be stored for long periods of time.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Gin Sling contains approximately 100 calories.


The Gin Sling contains approximately 5 grams of carbohydrates per serving.


There are no fats in the Gin Sling recipe.


There are no proteins in the Gin Sling recipe.

Vitamins and minerals

The Gin Sling contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals from the gin and nutmeg.


This recipe may contain allergens such as alcohol and nutmeg. Please check for any specific allergies before consuming.


The Gin Sling is a low-calorie cocktail that is perfect for a light and refreshing drink.


The Gin Sling is a classic cocktail with a rich history and delicious flavor. Enjoy this refreshing drink on a hot summer day or as a pre-dinner cocktail.

How did I get this recipe?

The first time I saw this recipe, I was captivated by its simplicity. It was a hot summer day, and I was visiting my dear friend Margaret for our weekly bridge game. As I walked into her kitchen, I was greeted by the aroma of citrus and herbs wafting through the air.

"What are you making, Margaret?" I asked, peering over her shoulder as she stirred a concoction in a tall glass.

"It's a Gin Sling, my dear," she replied with a smile. "A refreshing cocktail perfect for a summer day like today."

Intrigued, I watched as Margaret expertly mixed gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and a splash of soda water in the glass. She topped it off with a few ice cubes and a twist of lemon peel before handing it to me.

"Here, give it a try," Margaret said, pushing the glass towards me. "I think you'll love it."

I took a sip of the Gin Sling, and instantly I was transported to a tropical paradise. The tangy citrus flavor of the lemon juice combined with the herbal notes of the gin was a match made in heaven. It was light, refreshing, and oh so delicious.

"Margaret, this is incredible!" I exclaimed, taking another sip. "How did you come up with this recipe?"

Margaret chuckled, her eyes twinkling with mischief. "Oh, my dear, I can't take credit for this one. I learned how to make a Gin Sling from my travels to Singapore many years ago. It's a classic cocktail that never fails to impress."

I was fascinated by the story behind the recipe, and I knew that I had to learn how to make it myself. Margaret graciously shared the recipe with me, and I made a mental note to add it to my collection of cherished recipes.

Over the years, I perfected my Gin Sling recipe, tweaking it here and there to suit my taste. I made it for family gatherings, dinner parties, and even for myself on lazy Sunday afternoons. Each time I sipped on that delightful cocktail, I was reminded of Margaret and our friendship that had spanned decades.

As the years passed, I continued to gather recipes from various places and people. I learned how to make a mean lasagna from my Italian neighbor, a mouthwatering curry from a friend who had traveled to India, and a decadent chocolate cake from my own mother. Each recipe held a special place in my heart, a reminder of the love and memories shared with those who had passed them down to me.

But the Gin Sling remained one of my favorites, a timeless classic that never failed to bring a smile to my face. It was a taste of my past, a reminder of the adventures and friendships that had shaped me into the woman I was today.

As I sit here now, penning this story for my grandchildren to read, I can't help but feel grateful for the recipes that have enriched my life. They are more than just instructions for creating delicious dishes; they are windows into the past, treasures that connect me to the people and places that have shaped me.

And so, my dear grandchildren, I urge you to cherish the recipes that come your way. Learn them, master them, and pass them down to the next generation. For in doing so, you will not only preserve a piece of your family history but also create new memories to be savored for years to come.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I think it's time for a Gin Sling. Cheers to good food, good friends, and good memories.


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