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10 Best Winter Gin Cocktails To Warm Up the Cold Months

Winter Gin Cocktails

Last Updated on December 16, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Winter is the perfect time to explore the versatility of gin. As someone who loves experimenting with flavors, I find that winter gin cocktails provide a delightful blend of warmth and complexity.

In this guide, I’ll share with you my favorite winter gin cocktails that have spiced up many chilly evenings. These aren’t just drinks; they’re experiences that capture the essence of winter warmth.

Top 10 Gin Cocktails Perfect For Winter

1. Tom Collins Cocktail

Tom Collins Cocktail

Tom Collins is a timeless recipe – a refreshing cocktail with perfectly balanced sweet and sour flavors.

Winter nights sparkle brighter with the warmth of a well-crafted gin cocktail.” – Liquor Laboratory

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 60ml Gin
  • 30ml Lemon juice
  • 15ml Simple syrup
  • Club soda
  • 15ml Maraschino liqueur (optional)
  • Lemon slice and maraschino cherry (garnish)

Instructions: Combine in a Collins glass with ice, top with soda, and garnish.

Serving: 1

Star Rating: ★★★★★

2. Nuestra Casa

Nuestra Casa is a bittersweet, smooth gin cocktail that delivers a sophisticated flavor profile.

Prep Time: 6 mins

Total Time: 6 mins

Ingredients:

  • 40ml Oxley Gin
  • 20ml Tonic water
  • 20ml Lemon juice
  • 1/4 Allspice dram
  • 10ml Sugar syrup (or honey syrup)
  • 2-dashes orange bitters

Instructions: Shake all the ingredients, except the tonic, strain into an ice-filled rocks glass, and pour the tonic on top. If preferred, garnish with an orange twist and serve immediately.

Serving: 1

Star Rating: ★★★★★

3. French 75 Cocktail

Glass of French 75 Cocktail

French 75 is a fizzy, elegant cocktail recipe combining gin and sparkling wine.

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 30ml Gin
  • 15ml Lemon juice
  • 7ml Simple syrup
  • Champagne

Instructions: Shake the first three components with ice, strain into a flute, and top with the Champagne.

Serving: 1

Star Rating: ★★★★★

4. Pegu Club

Glass of Pegu Club

Pegu Club is a classic cocktail with a citrusy punch, perfect for those who love a citrus twist.

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

Instructions: Shake all ingredients with icicles and sift the mixture into a chilled glass.

Serving: 1

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

5. Tante Marie Fizz

Tante Marie Fizz is a sweet, creamy, and refreshing fizz, making it an ideal recipe for cozy nights.

Prep Time: 7 mins

Total Time: 7 mins

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Whitley Neill Gin
  • 30ml Lemon juice
  • 20ml Simple syrup
  • 1 Egg white
  • 30ml Seltzer (or soda water)

Instructions: In a cocktail shaker, pour gin, juice, syrup, and egg white with crushed ice. Shake vigorously, sift, and top with seltzer.

Serving: 1

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

6. Blood Orange Gin & Tonic

Glass of Blood Orange Gin & Tonic with Jigger on a Wooden Table

Blood Orange Gin and Tonic is a lively and citrus twist on the classic Gin Tonic recipe.

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Sloe Gin
  • 100ml Tonic water
  • 50ml Blood orange juice
  • Blood orange slice and rosemary sprig

Instructions: To make this Gin and Tonic, combine in a coupe glass with ice and stir. To serve, garnish with orange slice and rosemary.

Serving: 1

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

7. Hugo Cocktail

Hugo Cocktail

Hugo Cocktail is a light, subtly sweet, floral drink with a hint of mint, perfect for a fresh start.

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

Instructions: Muddle mint leaves on a wine glass, then add gin and elderflower liqueur. Mix gently, add ice, top with soda and Prosecco, and garnish with lime slices.

Serving: 1

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

8. Greyhound

Greyhound Cocktail

Greyhound is a simple, tart cocktail, great for those who enjoy a straightforward drink.

Prep Time: 2 mins

Total Time: 2 mins

Ingredients:

  • 45ml Gin
  • 90ml Grapefruit juice (can use cranberry juice)
  • Lime wheel and rosemary sprig

Instructions: Build into a highball glass with ice, stir, and garnish with a rosemary sprig or lime wheel.

Serving: 1

Star Rating: ★★★☆☆

9. Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky

Hanky Panky is a herbaceous and slightly bitter gin cocktail, perfect for an after-dinner treat.

“The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory; it is one of the happiest marriages on earth, and one of the shortest lived.” – Bernard DeVoto, American Historian and Conservationist

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins

Ingredients:

  • 45ml Gin
  • 45ml Sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Fernet-Branca

Instructions: Stir gin, vermouth, and Fernet-Branca with ice, strain into a chilled glass, then garnish with an orange twist.

Serving: 1

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

10. Gin-Gin Mule

Gin-Gin Mule

Gin-Gin Mule is a gingery and refreshing gin cocktail – a delightful twist to the classic mule recipe.

Prep Time: 6 mins

Total Time: 6 mins

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Sloe gin
  • 15ml Lime juice
  • 15ml Ginger beer
  • 15ml Sugar or Honey syrup
  • Mint leaves

Instructions: Shake lime juice and gin with ice, pour into a mule mug, top with ginger beer, and garnish with mint.

Serving: 1

Star Rating: ★★★★☆

Note: The star rating was determined during a blind taste based on every cocktail’s flavor balance, aroma, smoothness, ingredients quality, and ABV.

FAQs

Is gin a good drink in winter?

Gin is a good drink in the winter. Its versatility makes it perfect for the cold weather, especially when you mix it with other cocktail ingredients, like apple chai syrup, orange juice, sweet vermouth, tea, orange bitters, and Angostura bitters.

What is the most popular drink in winter?

The most popular drink in winter is Mulled Wine [1], infused and spiced with star anise, cinnamon stick, orange zest, cloves, and other herbs.

Another good drink for the cold weather is the Hot Toddy (with cinnamon sticks) and other warm and spiced cocktails.

What is winter gin?

Winter gin typically refers to gin [2] infused with winter spices (like star anise and cinnamon) and flavors, making it ideal for seasonal cocktails.

On A Final Note

Winter gin cocktails are more than just drinks; they’re a celebration of the season’s flavors. There are many gin cocktail recipes to enjoy, catering to every palate while giving a warm hug in a glass.

From the Nuestra Casa’s bittersweet flavor to Pegu Club’s citrus notes and Gin-Gin Mule’s cozy vibe, all these recipes provide a unique experience.

So, if you want to deviate from the usual bourbon and rum drink recipes and are looking for something worth mixing and sipping this cold season, I encourage you to try these delightful gin cocktails!

References:

  1. https://time.com/3642195/winter-alcoholic-drinks-eggnog/
  2. https://www.britannica.com/topic/gin-liquor
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