The Best Ways To Drink Gin In The Chilly Season

The Best Ways To Drink Gin In The Chilly Season

While gin might be more thought of as a summer spirit its versatility makes it perfect for all sorts of tasty winter drinks, whether you're in the mood for something chilled or something warmed. The herbal and spiced flavour profile of gin blends excellently with all of the citrus, apple, and baking spice flavours that we love to indulge in during the cold months.

Blackberry Bramble

Sweet and fruity, this delightfully pink cocktail is an excellent way to indulge in some winter berry flavours with your gin.

Ingredients: Gin, Lemon Juice, Blackberry Liqueur, Simple Syrup
Garnish: Fresh Blackberries, Lemon Slice, Mint Sprig


Cousin to the Martini and Manhattan, is an excellent mix of cherry and spice flavours that will warm you up inside and get you in the mood for a slice of pie.

Ingredients: Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Maraschino Liqueur, Angostura Bitters
Garnish: Orange Peel Twist

French 75

A sophisticated classic, the tanginess and bubbles are a great way to feel a bit more energised when the weather might otherwise slow you down. If you're looking to make it taste a little more wintery then you can swap the champagne for sparkling apple cider to turn it into a French Harvest instead.

Ingredients: Gin, Lemon Juice, Simple Syrup, Champagne
Garnish: Lemon Slice

Pomegranate Gin Fizz

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Stunningly jewel-like in appearance and with a wonderfully festive egg foam on top, this sweet and tart fizz is a refreshing way to enjoy the winter favourite pomegranate.

Ingredients: Gin, Lemon Juice, Pomegranate Juice, Simple Syrup, Egg White, Soda Water
Garnish: Rosemary Sprig

Winter Gin Mule

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A fun icy blue cocktail to really lean into any winter-themed get together but guaranteed to provide some comfort and warmth thanks to the winter herbs and spicy ginger beer.

Ingredients: Gin, Winter Herb Syrup, Lime Juice, Ginger Beer, Blue Curaçao
Garnish: Rosemary Sprig, Fresh Cherry
Winter Herb Syrup: Rosemary, Tyme, Sage, White Sugar, Gum Arabic, Water

Gin-Gin Mule

This mule goes in a slightly different direction, leaning into the cool of the season with a minty edge to make it extra crisp and refreshing like that first breath when you step out in the cold.

Ingredients: Gin, Simple Syrup, Lime Juice, Ginger Beer, Mint Leaves
Garnish: Mint Sprig

Gin Old Fashioned

The gin version of your classic, basic Old Fashioned, sometimes the simple things can be the greatest pleasures while giving a good kick of warmth too.

Ingredients: Gin, Angostura Bitters, Simple Syrup
Garnish: Lemon Peel

Bees Knees

With a name straight out of the 1920s, this drink earns it, sweet and tangy thanks to the generous lemon and honey this one'll put some pep in you step.

Ingredients: Gin, Lemon Juice, Honey Syrup
Garnish: Lemon Peel Twist

Hanky Panky

Smooth and sophisticated, this gin cocktail showcases the Fernet-Branca, an Italian amaro, which is has a real punch of bitter winter herbs to transport your tastebuds to the European Alps during ski season.

Ingredients: Gin, Sweet Vermouth, Fernet-Branca
Garnish: Orange Peel Twist

Golden Purl

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A delightfully warm and buttery take on an old-schoold English drink with a refreshing fizz and citrus edge.

Ingredients: Apple Cider, Maple Syrup, Gin, Angostura Bitters
Garnish: Orange Peel Twist

Blackberry Gin and Jam Cocktail

Another great way to indulge in those winter berry flavours but even more decadent thanks to the rich sweetness of the jam. The floral and citrus elements of the drink help to balance the sweetness and make it exceptionally tasty.

Ingredients: Gin, Elderflower Liqueur, Blackberry Jam (seedless), Lemon Juice, Sparkling or Soda Water
Garnish: Fresh Blackberry

Winter Jasmine Cocktail

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While you might normally think of Aperol as more of a summer drink, especially in an Aperol Spritz, it is versatile and works well in winter when combined with warmer spiced flavours of a good gin.

Ingredients: Gin, Lemon Juice, Aperol, Cointreau
Garnish: Orange Slice

Last Word

Sweet, sharp, and with a kick to boot, this classic cocktail's bright citrus really shines in the wintertime while feeling very modern despite its age.

Ingredients: Gin, Green Chartreuse, Lime Juice, Maraschino Liqueur
Garnish: Maraschino Cherry

Mulled Sloe Gin

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The perfect cocktail to introduce your friends that love mulled wine to gin, this sweet and spicy cocktail also has a delightful tartness to it. Not only will it warm your hands thanks to its warmth, but it looks stunning too thanks to its ruby-red colour.

Ingredients: Sloe Gin, Apple Juice, Water, Cinnamon Stick, Cloves, Star Anise, Cardamom Pods
Garnish: Cinnamon Stick, Orange Slice

Apple Chai G&T

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A spiced chai is an absolutely delightful way to warm up and this is an excellent boozy version to do the same, with added apple flavour to really lean into the winter flavours.

Ingredients: Gin, Apple Chai Syrup, Tonic Water
Garnish: Star Anise (whole)
Apple Chai Syrup: Apple Cider, Chai (loose), Demerara Sugar

Winter G&T

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While simple in concept, simply adding all those wintery spices to a G&T along with some OJ, this is a super tasty drink that can be whipped up in a flash with ingredients you'd find in most kitchens.

Ingredients: Gin, Tonic Water, Spiced Simple Syrup, Orange Juice
Garnish: Cloves (whole), Allspice (whole), Orange Slice
Spiced Simple Syrup: White Sugar, Water, Allpside (whole), Cloves (whole), Cinnamon Sticks

Winter Gin Sour

Rich and creamy thanks to the egg white, with plenty of warmth from the spices, herbs, and citrus landing somewhere between a gimlet and a sour.

Ingredients: Gin, Lemon Juice, Cointreau, Rosemary Simple Syrup, Egg White
Garnish: Angostura Bitters, Rosemary Sprig, Orange Peel Twist
Rosemary Simple Syrup: Water, White Sugar, Rosemary Spirg

Winter Sage Gin Martini

This is a great way to bring the martini into the winter season as a cozy and sippable beverage. The herbal notes from the sage really bring it to life.

Ingredients: Gin, Sage Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, Egg White
Garnish: Sage Leaf
Sage Simple Syrup: Water, White Sugar, Sage Leaves

Gin Hot Toddy

Another excellent hand warmer, this trades out the oaky notes of a classic hot toddy's whiskey for the more herbal and spiced flavours of gin. If you find yourself missing the oakiness, you could always try using an aged gin to make it.

Ingredients: Gin, Lemon Juice, Honey, Hot Water
Garnish: Cinnamon Stick, Lemon Slice

Winter Warming Negroni

A take on the classic negroni to fortify its warmth, the Allspice Dram kicks the spice up a few notches and make it perfect for those seeking a festive twist on an old favourite.

Ingredients: Gin, Campair, Sweet Vermouth, Allspice Dram
Garnish: Lemon Peel Twist

Yuletide Gin Flip

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Creamy, spicy, and decadently rich, this is cocktail is sure to bring a smile to the face of anyone with a bit of a sweet tooth. Akin to eggnog, but better because it's gin.

Ingredients: Gin, Cointreau, Baileys Irish Cream, Egg (whole), Caramel
Garnish: Cinnamon Stick

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