10 Refreshing Gin Cocktails for Spring
When it comes to spring, gin is in.
Earlier this year, NPR reported that the juniper-based spirit is set on becoming a major trend in 2014. And just like the cool, crisp season, gin is bursting with delicate floral notes, making it perfect to savor now more than ever. Served in a chilled glass, it’s a tall, ice cold, fizzy libation ideal to complement sun soaked days or breezy evenings.
“We’re seeing more creativity and experimentation with gin products than ever before,” says Erica Duecy, author of “Storied Sips: Evocative Cocktails for Everyday Escapes, with 40 Recipes.” “Just last month, the first-ever gin with Japanese botanicals debuted in the UK from Cambridge Distillery, and is set to launch in the US later this year. With a base of juniper, the gin also features yuzu peel, shiso leaf, sansho pepper, sesame seeds, and cucumber.”
“Along with more experimental products like that, we’re also seeing a wider range of more traditional flavor profiles,” adds Duecy. “Some, like Nolet, have softer juniper notes with fruitier flavors, like peach and raspberry, coming through. Hendrick's, meanwhile, features cucumber and rose more prominently.”
Another perk to sipping gin-fueled drinks? It’s easy to shake, stir, or pour onto nearly any cocktail. And with so many flavors and varieties to choose from, as well as recipes ranging from the classic "Roaring 20s” to modern mixes, there’s a gin cocktail for practically everyone.
“With the rare exception of barrel-aged gins, the category is known for products that have clear, crisp flavors,” says Duecy. “Along with juniper, we see citrus rinds, and spices, like cardamom and coriander. The combination of flavors tends to be light and refreshing…the bright botanicals in gin pair well with the blossoms and budding herbs of the season."
For some inspiration to shake things up, check out 10 refreshing gin cocktails from mixologists across the country to welcome the blooming days of spring: