Refreshing Gin-Based Recipes to Quench Your Thirst
Whether it’s summer or winter, or really, no matter the season at all, gin is one drink that will always fit the scene. Refreshing and light, it’s a diverse liquor that many people love because of its smooth taste, the way it can be mixed with other drinks to create exciting cocktails, and because of how easy it is on the body and mind alike.
Unlike other drinks of its class, gin is something that can hold itself in many different situations and produce interesting mixtures, both for drinking and some things that are a bit more creative, so if you’re a gin lover like me, stick around, because we’re going to go over some exciting new and old gin drink recipes you can make in the comfort of your own home.
Gin recipes are diverse, fun, always in style, and will never let you down, seriously. They’re also very easy to make if you have the right utensils, so why don’t we go on a little gin recipe adventure together and see what can be done with this tasty favourite!
To start things off on a fun note, we’re going to go over a very exciting and refreshing summer treat that’s one of the pinnacles of the tastiest gin drink recipes you can make.
For starters, you’ll need some quality gin, whether regular or pink for that extra kick of flavour and colour. Choose your gin wisely as it will determine the taste as well as the integrity of your popsicles, so don’t go for some unknown brands. These treats are excellent for adult-only summer parties, so splurge a bit to be able to get the best result!
These popsicles can be made with an array of berry fruits, so if you’re not a fan of raspberries go for strawberries instead. Just made sure that the berry you choose doesn’t have too many little seeds as you’ll need to separate them later on and that can be quite the hassle.
You’ll also need some mint, as gin is always better with mint, some water, lime juice, sugar, and a bit of club soda. To start, you’ll need to make a simple syrup. Mix the water and sugar and bring them to a boiling point. Remove from stove and stir in the mint leaves and berries of choice. Steep for a while, strain, and let it cool off.
Then, you’ll need to mix this syrup with your gin, soda, and lime juice and pour it into popsicle moulds. After they’ve frozen you’re ready to serve and party, or just lounge on your wicker patio furniture with your friends and have a good time.
For our summer cocktail section I’ve chosen a classic gin cocktail recipe, but with a little bit of a twist to add some flavour, diversity, and interesting colour. Wondering what it is? It’s a white chocolate gimlet!
I know, I know, it sounds amazing, but that’s because it is! It’s also an easy gin recipe to make, so you can enjoy it without any fuss! The gimlet is one of those staple gin recipes we all know and love, but it’s also a very good base for twists such as this one. I promise you won’t regret trying it!
To start off you’ll need your quality gin and some lime juice once again, but this time they’re joined by white chocolate liqueur and some chocolate bitters. You’ll also need ice and mint for later on.
When I said this cocktail is easy to make, I really wasn’t kidding. All you need to do is fill a cocktail shaker with ice and pour the gin, white choc liqueur, and lime juice inside. Then, it’s time to shake that shaker until everything is nicely combined and completely cold.
Once you get to that stage, fill a chilled glass with ice, pour your mixture in, and add those chocolate bitters. Once everything is set, add lime and mint as decoration, and you’re good to go!
As I said in the beginning, gin is truly an all-seasons kind of drink. That’s why I can’t let this list go without adding a winter cocktail idea for you to try. Mind you, there are no rules set in stone here, so you can make any of these cocktails whenever you choose.
Still, this one is my choice for a winter drink, so here we go – a nice little Christmas Martini. I really like these twists on classic gin recipes, so I couldn’t but not add this Christmas gin cocktail recipe here.
This is a cocktail you won’t need to shake, but rather will need to stir. It’s an important step to keep the integrity of the drink intact, so make sure to remember it.
What you’ll need to make this special martini is a special type of gin. Gins labelled as Christmas gins or ones that have ginger in them are going to work perfectly. After all, ginger is the taste of the holidays! Next up, you’ll need some vermouth, a few orange bitters, and cherries or candied ginger to top everything off.
As I said, this recipe is meant to be stirred, not shaken. The great thing about this cocktail is that there is really no fixed recipe, it’s all about your taste. A martini is just that kind of a drink, so go with your taste buds on this one.
The only rule is that the glass you’ll pour the amount of gin and vermouth you prefer in be nicely chilled. Taste as you go, but make sure to not drink it all before you can serve it. After you’ve found the perfect combination, pour it in your martini glass, add the orange bitters, garnish the drink with cherries or ginger and you’re ready to start that holiday party on the right foot!