Gin is the star in many classic cocktails, but it has taken center stage in new drinks, too, making it one of the most well-known and loved spirits out there. Whether you’re looking for something that’s heady and spirit-forward or fruity and refreshing, there’s a gin cocktail for you. These are the 11 gin cocktails to try now.
1: BELLEVUE HEIGHTS
A combination of gin and fino sherry are the one-two punch behind this elegant cocktail. Add in pistachio white tea syrup, banana bitters and an egg white, and you have a creamy concoction that’s nutty, creamy, fruity and tannic all at once.
2: TAVERNONNA CLASSIC GIN RICKEY
Show gin’s gentler, floral side with this pretty drink. Citric acid helps brighten it up, while lavender-infused soda water adds a fresh and bubbly note. Smoke a coupe with rosemary to fully round out all the flavors and top with edible flowers.
3: GINGER GIN FIZZ
Perk up your brunch with something new. This slightly spicy fizz is just as delicious with pancakes as it is with eggs Benedict, so whip up a batch no matter what you’re serving. Ginger-infused gin, citrus, egg white, bitters and soda are refreshing, especially when garnished with an orange peel and not one but two straws.
4: QUI-GON GIN-SINGER
Coffee may not be the first ingredient you think to add in a gin cocktail, but try one sip of this drink, and you’ll see that it fits perfectly. Lightly sweetened cold brew rounds out an otherwise traditional Gin & Tonic, while an expressed lemon peel adds just enough brightness.
5: BLOODY SHERRY
Homemade blood orange oleo saccharum shines in this gin cocktail. All you need is a dash of fresh lemon juice and a bit of oloroso sherry to create a drink that’s just the right balance of sweet and sour and ideal for drinking any time of year.
6: KUMQUAT SMASH
If you haven’t tried kumquats in place of other citrus in your cocktails, then let this drink be your on-ramp. The tiny fruits are muddled and shaken with gin, lemon juice, Luxardo maraschino liqueur and nutmeg for a sweet and sour smash you’ll love.
7: GIN ON GIN JULEP
Gin and genever make this spin on a classic Mint Julep extra refreshing. Muddle simple syrup and mint together, top with crushed or pellet ice, then add the two spirits. Top with club soda, stir and sip.
8: GIN BUCKThe Gin Buck was a hit during the Roaring ’20s, and it’s sure to be a hit at your parties, too. The simple mix of gin, lemon or lime juice, and ginger ale is bubbly and refreshing—perfect for an afternoon drink or paired with dinner.
9: GLENDALOUGH SLING
Glendalough Wild Botanical gin’s citrus-forward and herbaceous notes are beautifully highlighted in this riff on the Singapore Sling. Mix with cucumber, basil, pineapple juice, lime juice, and dandelion and burdock bitters, and get ready to sip on springtime.
10: GARDEN GIN & TONIC
Summer in a glass is the only way to describe this cocktail. A regular Gin & Tonic gets a fresh upgrade with the addition of dry vermouth and a few dashes of orange bitters. Garnish with grapefruit and lemon wheels, cucumber slices, strawberries and a lavender sprig for the full summer effect”
11: NEW SLANG
Even if you don’t speak the same language as the cool kids, this is one kind of slang you’ll be able to understand. Homemade cherry shrub is a great use for the leftover syrup in a Luxardo maraschino cherry jar, and it’s delicious when mixed with gin, pineapple and lime juice, salt solution and coconut water soda.