The Best Things to Mix with Gin
Gin and tonic is the drink you hear everyone order on TV, but if you don’t like tonic, what are you supposed to do? How are you supposed to drink gin? Tonic water has a bitter flavor that not everybody likes. If you’re still looking for a way to make a great gin cocktail, here are some ideas.
There is no reason why tasty ginger beer has to be saved for vodka. Another great and often overlooked pairing for ginger beer is gin! This combination is sometimes called a Gin Buck. For summertime, mix in a light gin with a hot ginger beer for a drink perfect for a barbeque. In winter months, reach for an aged gin and a more bitter ginger beer. Either way, you’ll be shelving your vodka in favor of gin!
Belvoir Farms makes a great Elderflower Presse. It’s a carbonated, flavored seltzer that is infused with deliciously fresh elderflower and lemon juice. This bubbly soda combines very well with any gin. Choose your favorite and try this cocktail tonight. The flavors are perfect, especially for springtime!
San Pellegrino Chinotto
If you’ve been looking for a tasty bittersweet soda, you’ve found it. This is a dark amber colored Italian soda. Its rich flavor comes from the oil of chinotto oranges. This oil is bitter, but fresh orange blossoms, rhubarb, citrus pith, and gentian combine in the soda to make it worthy of our list. Pour it into your favorite glass and add some gin. Sip it while nibbling on some salty cheese and you’ll have the perfect pre-dinner cocktail and snack.
The perfect summertime drink! Simply mix some gin with sparkling lemonade. You’ll have a citrusy drink that is perfect to take to the pool. And it’s so quick and easy that you can do it faster than you can change into your bathing suit!
So, here’s a bit of trivia. The original Greyhound was made with gin rather than vodka. To balance out the juicy bitterness in grapefruit, gin is a great choice. It’s always a good idea to opt for fresh grapefruit juice, but you can always grab some off the shelf if you need to! The important part is the taste, not the process.
This is a drink made with the seed rather than the stalks of celery. Originally this soda was developed as a palate cleanser after salty dishes like pastrami. But when combined with gin, the flavors of celery soda really shine.
Dry Sparkling Cucumber
A naturally flavored cucumber soda is a wonderful substitute for tonic. There is a crispness to this sparkling drink that is unmatched by anything else. The bubbles rival even the best champagnes. You can even mix it with a cucumber flavored gin for an extra flavory cocktail.
These seven mixers are great, unique options for your next gin cocktail. Try them all with your favorite gin. Or, try them all with different types of gin to really see for yourself how much the tastes can vary.