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The best aperitif gin cocktails for before dinner drinks

A cocktail before dinner is the best way to start an evening. But make it with gin, and you’ve got yourself a winner. Aperitifs, as they’re known, are traditionally drunk to prepare the palette for the delicious meal that’s to come. But they’re also a great way to welcome guests and kick off the night.


Aperitifs are usually light and dry, so naturally many of the best are made with gin. Favourites include gin-based classics such as the Martini and Negroni, which stimulate the appetite with a slightly bitter taste. But there’s also plenty of modern gin cocktails to consider.


Here we share the best aperitif gin cocktails to serve next time you’re cooking. 


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gin and tonic

It doesn’t get more classic, and simple, than the Gin and Tonic. This unbeatable mixer is the best way to drink Beefeater London Dry Gin. If you want a cocktail that you definitely can’t get wrong, start here. All you need is some quality tonic water, plenty of ice and citrus wheels to garnish.

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Upgrade a classic glass of fizz to a Pink French 75. This sweet twist on the original recipe creates a light, fruity drink that’s sure to impress. Served in a flute with a raspberry garnish, it looks as good as it tastes.

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The Negroni is the original aperitif. The bitter sweet mix of Campari, sweet vermouth and dry gin was created to stimulate the senses and has since become a must-try cocktail for all gin lovers. The equal parts ratio means it’s easy to make and you don’t even need a cocktail shaker. Just stir in the glass and garnish with an orange twist. Voila!

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white negroni

If you like to put your own spin on a cocktail, try the White Negroni. This light and refreshing take on the classic recipe is a little less bitter and a lot more zesty. Made with our lemon flavoured gin, Lillet Blanc, Suze and Italicus, it’s a citrus inspired serve that will go down a storm.

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lemon cosmopolitan

Keep things light with the Lemon Cosmo. This fresh, citrus twist on the Cosmopolitan is perfect for alfresco cocktail hours and summer garden parties. Mixing the fresh fruity flavours of lemon and grape, it’s guaranteed to please a crowd.

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Make a Negroni but make it extra rich with this fruity twist. The Blood Orange Negroni adds a hit of fresh, bittersweet citrus using our blood orange flavoured gin and Italian bitters. It’s unexpected, delicious and sure to whet the appetite.

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The Martini is an iconic aperitif. Light, simple and elegant, it’s the perfect drink to serve guests and a good one to fall back on if you forget to stock the bar. Make it dry or ask guests how they like their Martini made. There’s plenty of Martini variations to choose from whether it be perfect, sweet or dirty. And being able to make them will win you serious hosting points.

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Put gin in the spotlight with a classic Gin Spritz. This refreshing cocktail is perfect for any moment, including pre-dinner drinks. Beefeater 24 blends beautifully with Lillet Blanc and a top of champagne or soda water to highlight the gin’s botanical notes.

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Wake up your tastebuds with our Cranberry Mojito, made with Rhubarb & Cranberry Gin. It’s a perfect aperitif cocktail for both gin lovers and fans of the classic minty drink. The addition of elderflower liqueur and fresh apple juice keeps things sweet for summer sipping. Try it before your next BBQ!

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Make your aperitif a fun and fruity serve with this pomegranate gin cocktail. The Collins style base is reinvented with pomegranate juice and a sprinkling of seeds to create a pink drink your guests will love.

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A simple way to mix up a classic G&T aperitif is by using different flavoured gins and tonic. Try our Gin and Tonic with lemon. It’s sharp, refreshing and sweet, with a surprising burst of citrus that will stimulate your appetite!

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If you like your drinks a little different, try the Gin Basil Smash. This fresh, icy drink mixes the best of London’s ingredients with Italian flair, best served before dinner.  Lemon, olive oil and fresh basil create a silky finish that’s easy to achieve.

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Welcome guests with a pretty, pink drink they’ll love. The Pink Gin Spritz is a delicious strawberry twist on a gin spritzer that complements any meal. Tonic and Prosecco are mixed with Pink Gin, plus a splash of elderflower cordial for a hit of floral sweetness.

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Add an extra kick of bittersweet fruitiness to your Martini aperitif with this Grapefruit Martini recipe. Beefeater Crown Jewel Gin adds a stronger, bold flavour with notes of grapefruit that are elevated by the oils of fresh grapefruit zest.

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