Gin is a classic, often considered to be a drink exclusively for older, more sophisticated tastes. That tired old trope couldn’t be more wrong as gin has grown wildly in popularity over the last decade. So, what’s the best way to enjoy your gin? Whether you are a total newbie or you are just looking for a new favorite drink, this blog will help you find the best way to drink your gin.
Herbal and refreshing, gin is perfect in cocktails. Since gin isn’t super sweet, it pairs well with the sweeter fruit juices to create a nice balanced drink. This is especially true of the London Dry style, which is a more citrusy style of gin. Current cocktail trends are favoring dry, subtle flavors which has led many drinkers to discover gin as a new favorite.
If you want to experience gin, one of the best ways to do it is to drink your gin straight. Some people swear this is the only proper way to enjoy gin (which isn’t true, but it is a good way). All you need is a couple of cubes of ice and a lime wedge and you are in gin heaven.
It is really important if you want to try gin straight that you choose a high quality spirit. With poor quality alcohols, getting a hold of bad gin is just the worst! If you aren’t very experienced with gin, ask your bartender at The Winslow.
The staff at The Winslow love gin and they will be able to help you find the drink that will suit you best. If you want to learn more about gin, you can always join their gin club on select Tuesdays. Each gin club meeting features a particular brand of gin and gives you the opportunity to learn all about it and even sample the product.
Gin & Tonic
This is probably the gin drink that most people will have heard of, and this is because the gin and tonic water combination is legendary. What started in the 18th century is still beloved today, making gin and tonic one of the most tried and true drinks. If you want to try gin for the first time, this is a great way to do it. If you like gin but have never had a gin and tonic, what are you waiting for?
Gin & Cucumber
This is a really classic way to drink your gin. Cucumber enhances the taste of juniper, citrus and pepper that you commonly find in gin. This is such a common flavor combination that you will find some distilleries add cucumber to their gin just to strengthen this flavor. Obviously, adding a couple of fresh slices to one of these gins, such as Hendrick’s, works just as well as a slice of lemon or lime.
During NYC happy hours, you can find a vast array of kinds of martinis from a Candied Bacon Apple Martini to a Pickle Martini. The best kind of martini you will find anywhere is a Gin Martini. Gin, vermouth, and an olive or lemon garnish is all you really need, and you have the perfect happy hour distraction.
A Fruit Cup
A Fruit Cup is another one of the best ways to enjoy gin. It is a gin and fruit based mixer that can be added to ginger ale or lemonade. This is a fun drink to include at parties. Pimms is the famous brand you are looking for when it comes to a fruit cup and the most iconic flavor is mixed with lemonade.
If you don’t know where to start, try them all. The real secret to gin is that there is no bad way to drink it!