Are you looking for a drink that would make you go ga-ga? Do you prefer low-strength alcoholic drinks? If you said yes to either of these, you’re in the right place!
Gin has been an all-time favorite drink across the globe for years, thanks to its versatility which lasts irrespective of the weather. Whether you love strong drinks with juniper hints or enjoy pine, lemon, and purple flower notes, gins are it. They blend with all kinds of juices, fresh fruits, and other hard drinks. Gin, you are such a piece of art!
You might not be able to hit the bartenders adobe often, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying world-class gin cocktails. Why not learn some DIY cocktail recipes? A cocktail shaker would be enough to make your afternoons and evening blues go away.
Here is a curated list of some unique, and refreshing gin cocktails to help you. From fresh strawberry and blueberry wonder to classic New York Sour and French 75, you will see it all.
21 Refreshing Gin Cocktails
1. Lemon Basil Strawberry Gin Rickey Cocktail
Want to try some fruity and sweet flavors with gin this summer? Popularly known as the gin rickey cocktail, here is a fine summer drink with strawberries, lemon, and basil syrup that will leave you feeling refreshed with lots of healthy nutrients and the goodness of fruits. You can also use frozen strawberries and garnish them with basil leaves.
2. Cucumber Basil Gin Smash
Known as a St. Patrick’s Day-themed cocktail, the cucumber basil gin smash is likely to hydrate you like nothing else. There are several refreshing cucumber mocktails out there, why not add some wonderful gin to it? The ingredients include basil leaves, lemon juice, simple syrup, club soda, and fruit slices for garnish.
3. Blueberry Gin Sour
Believe it or not, this fascinating cocktail was born out of a mere blueberry cake craving. While we are quite familiar with classic gin sours, here is a failsafe way to mix blueberries, lemon juice, and sugar with gin and egg whites. Use ice after shaking and garnish it with peeled lemon skin.
4. Blueberry Rosemary Gin & Tonic
Rosemary has been a household name for centuries given its medicinal properties, flavor, and so much more. Paired with some blueberry, rosemary would add some wings to your regular glass of gin and tonic. Whether it’s the botanical undertones of gin or the fresh herbal flavor of rosemary, this booze is one of the finest summer and spring cocktails. Don’t forget to garnish it with extra rosemary sprigs.
5. New York Sour
Yes, this is fresh and new in every sense and it’s gonna blow your mind! Made of gin, sour cherry cordial, combier, fresh lemon juice, and club soda, this summer sensation is super easy to make and the best choice for beginners. If you are hosting a party, don’t think twice about picking this drink. Everyone would surely love the red hues and lemon garnish!
6. Frozen Peach Lemonade With Gin
Did you ever try some peach lemonade? Not the virgin one but the gin one! Let’s switch to homemade delicious cocktails now and make this summer drink for your friends and family. The ingredients required are silver gin, lemon syrup, honey syrup, frozen peaches, and ice. You will need peeled peach and mint sprigs for garnish.
7. Vision Bell Gin Cocktail
Vision Bell cocktail is a luxurious gin wonder with Luxardo cherry, lemon juice, and Aperol. The classic drink can grab attention like nothing else and you will fall in love with it. Don’t forget to enjoy the cherry flavor with the bitterness of Aperol!
8. Pomegranate Gin Mint Cocktail
If you love pomegranate, you will also love a gin cocktail graced with pomegranate juice. You will also need strips of zest from an orange, fresh mint leaves, and tonic to bring all the deliciousness home. Serve it with sliced fruits. This would surely make a hot summer evening fun and worth remembering.
9. Gin and Prosecco Cocktail
Forget everything, let’s take a moment to appreciate the beauty of this champagne coupe. The gin and prosecco cocktail here is new in town and it might be your favorite soon. Combine them with lime juice and simple syrup and add some lemon for garnish. Easy, sweet, and simple for when you are short on time.
10. Classic French 75 Cocktail
If you replace prosecco with classic champagne or sparkling rose, you will have French 75 making its way to your heart. You can also add some honey or sugar syrup to it if you have a sweet tooth. The lemon peel as garnish is a must to highlight the beauty of this timeless classic cocktail.
11. Classic Negroni
If you enjoy an amalgamation of drinks, what is better than a glass of negroni? A punch of Campari, gin, and vermouth, this vivid drink wonder is a hit. Garnish it with an orange peel and enjoy the refreshing drink.
12. Grapefruit and Elderflower Cocktail
Bid goodbye to the afternoon blues with a refreshing glass of gin with fruity notes and make your heart happy. Elderflower liqueur, a grapefruit, simple syrup, lime juice, and your favorite gin is enough to make a few delicious glasses with your cocktail shaker. You can also go for bottled grape and lime juices but remember, extra freshness is equal to extra goodness!
13. 50/50 Martini
Do you need a low-calorie gin cocktail on your home-bar menu? Try this soothing combination of vermouth and gin dressed with orange bitters and lemon twist. Serve it in a chilled cocktail glass to avoid diluting it with too much ice.
14. Aviation Cocktail
A mix of gin and Maraschino liqueur that is going to make you fly, this aviation cocktail is super attractive with those violet hues. The floral recipe goes way back to the 1900s. Add some lime juice and crème de violette to complete the drink.
15. Frozen Gin and Tonic
Gin and tonic is a cult classic for years and we turn to it when we have a gloomy day. Want to enjoy some frozen wonder? With some minor changes like adding lime-zest-infused simple syrup and Angostura bitters for botanical aroma, you can elevate your regular G&T. Mix it well and the smooth slush can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.
16. Rosie Lee
Did you ever mix rose petal syrup and lychee? Well, it’s time to add gin to the mix. Add fresh lemon juice and Angostura bitters for flavor. The cute lemon wheel is used for garnishing the Rosie lee and it looks very pretty.
17. Tom Collins
Culinary historians believe that Tom Collins is nothing but gin punches served in the bars of London way back in the 19th century. Bring this antique drink straight to your home bar by mixing London gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda. Enjoy the fizz!
18. Clover Club Cocktail With Fresh Raspberries
Raspberries are popular summer fruits and we enjoy the smoothies and fresh juices a lot. Why not mix them with gin? The clover club cocktail is similar to the Tom Collins except it has American roots. All you have to do is replace club soda with egg whites. Finally, add a generous amount of muddled raspberries to the mix and garnish with whole berries.
19. Pegu Club Cocktail
A Pegu club cocktail is a soothing mix of gin, orange liqueur, lime juice, and Angostura bitters. Decorate the old-school cocktail with a lemon wheel or peel and serve it in your favorite coupe.
20. The Last Word Cocktail
You are making gin-based cocktails, but that doesn’t mean you have to make your peace with mainstream ingredients like lime juice and club soda. A complex cocktail like the Last Word has got notes of Maraschino liqueur, and Chartreuse along with gin and lime. Keep guessing the flavor with every sip!
21. Grapefruit Tarragon Gin and Tonic
Last but not the least, here’s a cool mix of grapefruit and tarragon shaken together with mighty gin and tonic. The pretty green and pink colors with the hypnotizing aroma are bound to win your heart!
After going through so many gin cocktails, I am sure you are ready to be a bartender. Just make sure you know the basic hacks to make these cocktails and the rest is a child’s play. Say hello to fizz and fun!