Here are all the top winter gin cocktails for when the weather is chilly! Winter citrus, honey, and warm liqueurs shine in these drinks.
Winter can be a hard season for cooking: but it’s just as exciting for cocktails! There are lots of cozy ingredients for seasonal inspiration, like winter citrus, warming cherry liqueurs, and honey syrups. Gin might not be the first spirit you’d think of in this season, when dark liquors like bourbon and rum are king. But gin makes delicious cocktails that are perfect for entertaining in chilly weather! Ready to get started?
Here’s an impressive cocktail that’s pretty darn perfect, in our opinion: this Pomegranate Gin Fizz! The Gin Fizz is one of our favorite classic cocktails: sweet tart and refreshing, with a festive egg white foam. Take it over the top with this pomegranate spin: it elevates the sweet tart flavor and gives the drink a brilliant jewel-toned color!
Ingredients: Gin, lemon juice, pomegranate juice, simple syrup, egg white, soda water
Here’s a refreshingly tart winter gin cocktail: the Greyhound! It's ultra simple, pairing winter grapefruit with gin. Add a hint of simple syrup to balance it out. It's ideal garnished with rosemary: sip on it for a wintery happy hour.
Here’s a winter gin cocktail that’s classy and complex: the Martinez! This classic cocktail is a cousin of the Martini and the Manhattan. To us, it’s an improvement on both! There’s so much going on flavor-wise. It’s balanced and just sweet enough, with notes of cherry and cinnamon, and a little spice at the finish.
Here’s one of the most sophisticated and refreshing winter gin cocktails around: the French 75! It’s tangy, bubbly, and a bit botanical, and it makes every occasion more festive! Perfect for entertaining, this classic French-born cocktail is ideal for anything from a cozy cocktail hour to Christmas dinner.
Citrus abounds in the winter, and here's an easy cocktail to make with it: the Blood Orange Gin and Tonic! There’s nothing better than a cocktail you can mix up right in the glass, right? Much as we love a good blood orange margarita or blood orange martini…this one’s even easier to make. The botanicals from the gin mesh perfectly with the bright citrus of the blood orange.
Here’s a classy classic gin cocktail that’s perfect for winter: the Bees Knees! It’s got a cute 1920’s name and a smooth flavor to match. The unique element? Honey syrup. Making simple syrup with honey instead of refined sugar adds a rich depth to cocktails. Combine it with lemon and gin, and you’ve got a refreshing cocktail that goes down easy.
Here’s a unique highball cocktail that we highly recommend for winter: the Finnish Long Drink! This concoction of gin and usually grapefruit soda was invented in Finland in the 1950’s, and you can find it everywhere in country. It’s now becoming available canned in the US: but why not make it homemade? This spin is easy to make and so fizzy, sweet tart and refreshing.
Ingredients: Gin, lemon juice, unsweetened cranberry juice, grapefruit soda
Here’s a sophisticated winter gin cocktail that will have all your friends talking about it: the Hanky Panky! It’s complex and nuanced, with a smooth flavor perfect for sipping. The star here is Fernet-Branca, an Italian bitter that adds an herbal punch. The cocktail is perfectly balanced: a little sweet and a little bitter, which makes it irresistible.
Here's a unique winter gin cocktail: meet the Pegu Club! It’s a classic 1920’s drink invented at, as the name suggests, the Pegu Club. This boozy drink is sophisticated and refreshing, with a citrus and herbal finish. It’s surprisingly balanced but not sweet at all. Here’s how to make this intriguing classic…that we think deserves a revival.
Ingredients: Gin, Cointreau or Triple Sec, lime juice, Angostura and orange bitters
Last up in our winter gin cocktails: the Gin Sour! It’s the lesser known relative to sours like the Whiskey Sour and Amaretto Sour. But the Gin Sour is just as tasty as its cousins: it’s smooth, tart, balanced, with floral notes from the gin. Top it with a classic egg white foam for a creamy body and frothy finish. It’s a unique sour to remember!