If you constantly order the same drink every time you go out, you could be in a rut and not even know it. It’s time to try something new, and gin is back in style. Many cocktails can be made even better by adding gin, because it has so many subtle flavors that can be singled out and enhanced. Ditch the tired old G&T, and give these five unique cocktails a try to see just what the fuss is all about.
1. Pomelo and Basil Cocktail
This citrusy delight is the perfect mix of gin and pomelo, which is like the taste of grapefruit but without the bitterness. The sweetness of the fruit is balanced by the herbal tones of the basil and gin, and you’ll end up with a mouth-wateringly pink tangy drink. This cocktail requires a bit of preparation to make the basil syrup, but it’s well worth the effort.
Preparation: 15 minutes
2. Jasmine Gin Fizz
This fresh, floral cocktail is the perfect balance between sweet Jasmine and tangy gin. It’s unbelievably light due to the whisked egg white (protein!) and club soda. The Jasmine gin recommended can be difficult to find, but you can easily brew Jasmine tea to substitute the flavored gin.
Preparation: 8-10 minutes
This classic drink has somehow gone out of style, but it will convert you to a gin-lover right away with its tangy, fruity taste. It’s also incredibly easy to make, using only four ingredients—at least two of which you probably already have on-hand. If you need yet another reason to drink it, the name of the cocktail feels lovely rolling off your tongue, and will only be more fun to say the more cocktails you drink!
Preparation: 5 minutes
4. Singapore Sling
This is a traditional gin drink for good reason: the tart mix of sweet and sour, cherry brandy, grenadine and gin will have you smacking your lips and asking for another! Best of all, there’s no fancy shaking and stirring—just pour in all the ingredients and enjoy.
Preparation: 4 minutes
5. French 75
Here’s yet another reason to love gin: it pairs amazingly with bubbly Champagne – especially great quality gin like you’ll find at the Archie Rose Distilling Co. This frothy gin and Champagne duo will make you feel fine and fancy, with a tart lemon twist that adds a fruity finish. Watch out: this cocktail goes down so easy you’ll be feeling giddy in no time.
Preparation: 6 minutes