There are many ways to achieve a cold drink an The Kaiser did some research on our behalf.
Fred of Cocktail
While Fred tested with a "vodka martini" The Kaiser chose the Fancy Gin Cocktail. Let's have one shall we?
Fancy Gin Cocktail
2 dashes simple syrup
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 dash curaçao
2 oz gin
Shake with ice. Strain in to a chilled coupe. Twist lemon peel over drink and drop it in.
I used Dillon's Unfiltered Gin 22 as it is the fanciest gin I have in the, uh, "cabinet."
I find that while I enjoy good gin in simple cocktails such as this one I prefer cheap gin in other drinks. This seems especially the case in drinks first made to hide the off flavours of bathtub gin. I find that the masking ends up masking too much with good smooth gin. On the other hand cheap gin seems to shine (or maybe clobber its way) through. Cheap gin seems to also go quite well with pickled onions, but that's a story or another day.