Plymouth Cocktail Recipe

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Plymouth Nutrition Facts


Fat:0 g

Protein:0 g

Carbohydrates:10 g


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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Plymouth cocktail is a classic gin-based drink that has been enjoyed for centuries. It is named after the city of Plymouth in England, where the famous Plymouth Gin is produced. This cocktail was particularly popular among British sailors and officers during the 18th and 19th centuries, and it remains a favorite among gin enthusiasts today.

  • The Plymouth cocktail has a rich maritime history, as it was often enjoyed by sailors during long voyages.
  • The drink is named after the city of Plymouth, which is home to the famous Plymouth Gin distillery.
  • The Plymouth cocktail has experienced a resurgence in popularity in recent years, thanks to the growing interest in classic cocktails and gin-based drinks.

How Plymouth Tastes?

The Plymouth cocktail is a well-balanced and refreshing drink, with a slightly sweet and fruity taste. The gin provides a strong, juniper-forward base, while the lemon juice adds a bright, citrusy note. The sugar syrup and orange liqueur contribute a subtle sweetness, and the bitters add a touch of complexity and depth.

Interesting facts about Plymouth

  • The Plymouth cocktail is sometimes referred to as a 'Gin Sour' due to its combination of gin, lemon juice, and sugar.
  • The original recipe for the Plymouth cocktail called for Plymouth Gin, which has a unique, slightly sweeter taste compared to other types of gin.
  • The Plymouth cocktail is often garnished with a lemon twist or a cherry, adding a pop of color and a touch of visual appeal.


A few good options for Plymouth are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Plymouth Gin

Plymouth Gin is renowned for its smooth taste and dry, earthy flavor profile distinctive to the brand. The 2 oz pour is just right to assert its presence without overpowering the mix. Too much would hijack the drink, too little and you lose the spirit’s character.

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Lemon Juice

At 0.75 oz, it's got enough tang to cut through the sweetness, ensuring your palate doesn't drown in sugar. Lemon works magic with gin – they’re like the Thelma & Louise of the cocktail world. Omit it, and you miss out the refreshing sharpness that should dance on your tongue.

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Simple Syrup

Half an ounce gives a balancing act between tart and sweet. If you were to skip this, you'd have a drink that might pucker you more than a grandma's kiss. Pump it up, and it's a sugar rush waiting to happen.

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Orange Liqueur

A hint (0.25 oz) of orange liqueur brings a subtle fruity sweetness that complements the gin and lemon. Get heavy-handed, and you risk a sugar-fruit punch. Leave it out, and you might miss a layer of mystery in your drink.

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Angostura Bitters

Two dashes might seem small, but these are like the spice rack of the cocktail universe. Without these, your cocktail might feel like it’s missing its soul. Bitters are that ‘je ne sais quoi’ you can’t quite put your finger on.

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Lemon Twist

The twist is the final flourish, like a bow on a present—it's all about the appearance and that whiff of lemony essence. No twist, no zest, no fun.

Mary Mitkina

Maraschino Cherry

One cherry provides a touch of color and an optional sweet treat at the end. It’s the punctuation mark at the end of your cocktail’s sentence.

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Recipe. How to make Plymouth Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add the Plymouth Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, orange liqueur, and Angostura bitters to the shaker.
  3. Shake well until chilled and well-mixed.
  4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh lemon juice for a brighter, fresher flavor.
  • Chill your glass before pouring the cocktail to keep it cold longer.
  • Shake the cocktail vigorously to properly mix the ingredients and chill the drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Ceviche: The citrus from the lemon juice complements seafood, providing a refreshing balance to the dish.
  • Cheese platter: Soft and creamy cheeses like Brie can counter the sharpness of the lemon and enhance the botanicals from the gin.

Main Courses

  • Grilled chicken: With a light seasoning, grilled chicken’s simplicity won’t clash with the complexity of the Plymouth cocktail.
  • Salmon: The oily texture and rich flavor of salmon pairs beautifully with the acidity in the cocktail.


  • Lemon tart: Echoing the lemon notes in your drink, a lemon tart is a sweet choice that will synergize with the cocktail's flavors.
  • Vanilla ice cream: Simple, creamy vanilla ice cream can help mellow the gin's bite and balance the sourness from the lemon.

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What you could change in Plymouth

  • Plymouth Gin: Can be substituted with any other gin, but it will slightly alter the taste.
  • Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lime juice can be used for a different citrus twist.
  • Simple Syrup: Agave syrup or honey can be used as a natural sweetener substitute.
  • Orange Liqueur: Triple sec or Cointreau can be used as a substitute.

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And of course - twists🍹

Herbal Hawthorn

  • Swap Plymouth Gin for a hawthorn-infused gin
  • Add a sprig of thyme
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, using hawthorn gin and adding thyme with the shake. It introduces an earthy, herbaceous layer that makes you feel like you've stumbled into a secret garden party.

Spicy Citrus

  • Substitute Lemon Juice with Yuzu Juice
  • Add a tiny slice of jalapeño
  • Recipe: Use yuzu juice and infuse the shaker with a slice of jalapeño. It offers a zesty, picante kick—a globetrotting twist that’s as daring as it is delicious.

Berry Bonanza

  • Add a dash of raspberry syrup
  • Garnish with fresh raspberries
  • Recipe: Include a dash of raspberry syrup in the shaker. Upon sipping, you’ll ride a berry merry-go-round, with each taste an invitation to a summer’s eve.

In case you forgot basics how to make Plymouth

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Plymouth

What is the best time to enjoy a Plymouth cocktail?

Plymouth cocktail is versatile and can be enjoyed anytime, though it is particularly popular as an evening relaxant or served at cocktail parties.

What is the best glass to serve the Plymouth cocktail in, other than a coupe or martini glass?

You could also serve a Plymouth cocktail in an old-fashioned glass if preferred.

What's the best food pairing with a Plymouth cocktail?

Light, seafood heavy dishes complement the refreshing and citrusy notes of a Plymouth cocktail. Canapés and appetizers also make for good pairings.

Is Plymouth cocktail suitable for vegetarian or vegan diets?

Yes, Plymouth cocktail is suitable for both vegetarian and vegan diets as it does not contain any animal products.

What are other popular gin-based cocktails?

Besides the Plymouth, popular gin-based cocktails include the martini, gin tonic, Negroni, and Tom Collins.

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