Spring is in the air, and that means it's time to start thinking about refreshing and delicious drinks to enjoy in the sunshine.
As a bartender, I know that there's no better way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather than with a perfectly crafted gin cocktail. The versatility of gin makes it a fantastic base for a wide range of drinks, from light and fruity to bold and complex.
Whether you're hosting a garden party with friends or simply looking for a refreshing drink to sip on a lazy afternoon, gin cocktails are the perfect choice.
The botanical notes of gin pair perfectly with fresh herbs and fruit, creating a unique and delicious flavor profile that's perfect for spring. From classic gin and tonics to more adventurous concoctions, there's a gin cocktail out there for everyone.
In this blog post, I'll be sharing some of my favorite gin cocktail recipes for spring. These drinks are all easy to make and require just a few simple ingredients, making them perfect for both novice bartenders and experienced mixologists.
So, grab your shaker and let's get started – it's time to raise a glass to the arrival of spring!
1. Spring Gin & Tonic With Passionfruit & Pineapple
The Spring Gin & Tonic With Passionfruit & Pineapple is a tropical twist on the classic G&T. It's a combination of gin, tonic, fresh passionfruit, pineapple, lime, and elderflower liqueur.
The result is a beautifully coloured cocktail with a tart and tangy flavour, and a subtle floral undertone. It's perfect for a warm spring day and a must-try for any gin and tonic lover.
2. Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail
The Coastal Orange Blossom Gin Cocktail is a refreshing and elegant spring sipper that features artisanal gin from Canada's Vancouver Island, infused with the unique taste of orange blossom water and hydrating coconut water, finished with a splash of fresh orange juice.
It's completely free of added sugar and natural sweeteners, making it a great option for those searching for healthier spring refreshments. The cocktail is a minimalistic approach to spring cocktails, infused with coastal flair, and is sure to impress anyone looking for a unique and refreshing gin cocktail this spring.
3. Spring Gin, Kumquat & Kombucha Cocktail
The Spring Gin, Kumquat & Kombucha Cocktail is a refreshing and vibrant cocktail that captures the essence of spring. It's a delightful blend of botanical gin, homemade thyme-kumquat simple syrup, and tart, bubbly kombucha.
The combination of sweet, tart, and herbaceous flavors creates a refreshing and balanced cocktail that is perfect for sipping on a sunny patio or enjoying at a spring brunch. With its beautiful chartreuse color and fresh garnish of thyme sprigs and kumquat slices, this cocktail is sure to impress your guests and leave them wanting more.
4. Spring Gin Lemonade
If you're looking for a refreshing and delicious gin cocktail to enjoy during the spring season, then the Spring Gin Lemonade is definitely worth trying. This cocktail is a perfect blend of cloudy lemonade, fresh lemons, limes, cucumber, mint, and gin, making it a fruity and flavorful drink that's perfect for sharing with friends at a party or for enjoying on a warm evening in the sunshine.
The cocktail is easy to make ahead of time and can be served in a beautiful glass dispenser, making it a stunning addition to any gathering. So, if you're looking for a delicious and refreshing cocktail to enjoy this spring, then be sure to give the Spring Gin Lemonade a try.
5. Cherry Blossom Gin Cocktail
The Cherry Blossom Gin Cocktail is a light and floral drink that celebrates the beauty of cherry blossoms, a sign of spring in many parts of the world. The cocktail is inspired by the classic Aviation cocktail, but with a twist. It uses elderflower liqueur instead of creme de violet, giving it a lighter floral note.
The pink gin used in the recipe gives the drink a beautiful blush color, reminiscent of the cherry blossoms. A few dashes of lavender bitters add an extra layer of complexity to the drink. It is a refreshing and unique spring cocktail that is definitely worth trying.
6. Rhubarb Ginger Spring Gimlet
The Rhubarb Ginger Spring Gimlet is a refreshing and unique cocktail that perfectly captures the essence of spring. This cocktail uses a homemade rhubarb ginger syrup that adds a subtle sweetness and a hint of spice to the classic Gimlet. The choice of Plymouth Gin adds a bold and beautiful flavor profile that perfectly complements the syrup.
While the recipe may seem complicated, it is actually quite simple to make and is definitely worth the effort. If you're looking for a cocktail that will impress your guests and transport you to a beautiful spring day, the Rhubarb Ginger Spring Gimlet is the perfect choice.
7. Empress Gin Cocktail
The Empress Gin Cocktail is a unique and visually stunning twist on the classic Gin and Tonic. Made with Empress 1908 Gin, which gets its beautiful purple hue from butterfly pea flower and other botanicals, this cocktail transforms from indigo to a delicate soft violet pink when mixed with tonic water or seltzer.
The mild, classic flavor of the gin pairs perfectly with the refreshing fizz of the seltzer, making it an ideal drink for the spring season. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking to elevate their cocktail game and impress their guests with a work of art in a glass.
8. Elderflower Spanish Gin & Tonics
If you're looking for a refreshing and unique gin cocktail this spring, the Elderflower Spanish Gin & Tonic is a must-try. This cocktail takes the classic G&T to the next level with the addition of Spanish-style garnishes like grapefruit and rosemary. The use of St. George Botanivore gin and high-quality tonic water like Fever Tree or Small Hands adds a bright and botanical flavor to the drink.
The Elderflower Tonic takes it up a notch with a sweet and floral note. This cocktail is perfect for sipping on a warm day and is sure to impress your guests with its beautiful presentation. Don't miss out on this Spanish-inspired twist on a classic favorite.
9. Honey Lavender Gin Lemonade
The Honey Lavender Gin Lemonade is a perfect cocktail for the spring and summer season. This cocktail is a combination of honey lavender lemonade and gin, which gives it a lightly sweet, floral, and earthy taste. The gin used in this cocktail is Empress 1908 Gin, which is handcrafted by Victoria Distillers and the legendary Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria, British Columbia.
The deep indigo hue of this gin changes to bright lavender, soft pink, or fuchsia when you add citrus or tonic, making it a magical drink to watch as you make it. Overall, the Honey Lavender Gin Lemonade with Empress 1908 Gin is a beautifully delicious drink that is perfect for a small gathering or a fun outdoor party.
10. Lavender Lemonade Cocktail
Looking for a refreshing and elegant gin cocktail to serve at your next spring gathering? Look no further than the Lavender Lemonade Cocktail. This all-natural sip is colored naturally by Empress 1908 Purple Gin, which derives its beautiful indigo hue from butterfly pea flower and other botanicals.
The addition of lavender syrup adds a floral note to the classic flavor of the gin, while lemonade provides a refreshing tartness. Perfect for a bridal shower, girls' night, or casual evening on the patio, the Lavender Lemonade Cocktail is sure to impress your guests with its garden-inspired charm.
11. Empress Gin and Blueberry Mojito Cocktail
The Empress Gin and Blueberry Mojito Cocktail is a refreshing and fruity drink that is perfect for sipping on a warm Spring day. This cocktail is a twist on the classic mojito, with the lime and rum being replaced with lemon and Empress gin.
The gin gives the drink a beautiful lavender color, while the blueberries and mint add a sweet and sour flavor profile that is perfectly balanced by the sparkling water. It's the perfect drink for entertaining guests or simply enjoying a night in.
12. Elderflower Gin Fizz
The Elderflower Gin Fizz is a refreshing and floral cocktail that is perfect for springtime. With a tangy and fruity taste from the elderflower liqueur, it balances perfectly with the gin and lemon flavors. This cocktail is not only delicious but also visually stunning, especially when using a butterfly pea-infused gin like Empress.
The foam on top of the drink is created by shaking the cocktail with egg whites and acid, giving it a unique texture. The addition of seltzer adds a refreshing fizz to the drink, making it perfect for a hot afternoon. Overall, the Elderflower Gin Fizz is a must-try cocktail for anyone looking for a delicious and visually stunning drink for springtime celebrations.
13. Strawberry Basil Gin Sour
Looking for a refreshing and fruity gin cocktail to enjoy this spring? Look no further than the Strawberry Basil Gin Sour. This cocktail combines the sweetness of fresh strawberries with the herbaceous notes of basil and the smoothness of gin. The addition of aquafaba (the liquid from a can of garbanzo beans) creates a silky foam that adds a touch of elegance to the drink.
Not a fan of aquafaba? No problem – pasteurized egg whites can be substituted instead. The syrup for this cocktail can be made using a quick method or a cold process method, depending on your patience level. Served in a stunning May Coupe glass by Fferrone Design, this cocktail is sure to impress your guests and satisfy your taste buds.
14. Cherry Gin Rickey
The Cherry Gin Rickey is a perfect summer cocktail that is both tart and fizzy. The cocktail is made with premium gin and a cherry syrup made from simple syrup and fresh cherries. The aroma of the gin is just as important as its flavor, making it a great choice for a handcrafted cocktail.
While Hendricks is a fabulous option, Tanqueray is also a good choice. The locally distilled Green Hat Gin is also a great option for those in the DC area. If you're looking for a refreshing and delicious cocktail to enjoy this spring, the Cherry Gin Rickey is definitely worth a try.
15. Hibiscus Lemon Gin Cocktail
The Hibiscus Lemon Gin Cocktail is a refreshing and beautiful drink that is perfect for any Spring brunch party. The gin adds a bright complexity to the cocktail, while the hibiscus flower gives it a stunning color and makes it stand out.
The recipe is simple and easy to make, and the addition of the wild hibiscus flower as a garnish is a nice touch. This cocktail is sure to impress your guests and keep them talking about it long after the party is over. If you're looking for a fun and delicious Spring gin cocktail, the Hibiscus Lemon Gin Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
16. Hibiscus Gin Sour
The Hibiscus Gin Sour is a beautiful pink cocktail that is perfect for springtime gatherings. This classic sour drink is made with a smooth gin base and lightly sweetened with a subtle floral flavor from the hibiscus. The dried hibiscus flowers not only give the cocktail a lovely color but also a delightful fragrance. This cocktail is perfect for happy hour or sipping on a beautiful spring day.
Whether you're hosting a Valentine's Day party, brunch, or a tropical-themed gathering, this pretty drink is sure to impress your guests. The cocktail is easy to make and only takes a few moments to whip up. Overall, the Hibiscus Gin Sour is a must-try cocktail for anyone looking to add a floral twist to their classic gin cocktail.
17. Basil Cocktail & Spring Feeling Cocktail
Looking for a refreshing and unique Spring Gin Cocktail recipe? Look no further than the Basil Cocktail and Spring Feeling Cocktail. These two cocktails are a modern twist on classic Green Chartreuse cocktails, featuring zesty and herbaceous flavors that are sure to impress.
The Basil Cocktail adds a fruity and semi-dry twist to the classic Spring Feeling, while the Spring Feeling Cocktail pairs Green Chartreuse with citrus and gin for a smooth and earthy flavor. Both cocktails are perfect for those looking to explore the versatility of Green Chartreuse, and are sure to be a hit at any spring gathering. So why not try one (or both!) of these delicious cocktails and experience the taste of spring for yourself?
18. Grapefruit Gin Spritz
The Grapefruit Gin Spritz is a refreshing and bubbly cocktail that is perfect for spring and summer gatherings. This vegan cocktail combines the tartness of grapefruit with the smoothness of gin and the fizziness of prosecco. It's a light and delicious drink that is sure to impress your guests.
The cocktail can be garnished with a slice of grapefruit and a fresh rosemary sprig to add a touch of elegance. Whether you're having a small get-together or a big party, the Grapefruit Gin Spritz is a must-try cocktail that will leave your guests wanting more.
19. Strawberry Gin Mojito
The Strawberry Gin Mojito is a refreshing and light cocktail that is perfect for sipping on a warm spring day. This cocktail is a twist on the classic mojito, made with peppery gin and topped off with champagne instead of soda water. The addition of fresh strawberries adds a seasonal flare and a burst of freshness to the drink.
While champagne is traditional in this type of 'southside' mojito, it can easily be swapped for soda water for a non-alcoholic version. Overall, the Strawberry Gin Mojito is a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail that is sure to impress your guests at any spring gathering.
20. Peach Violet Empress Gin Sour
Looking for a refreshing and colorful gin cocktail to welcome the spring season? Look no further than the Peach Violet Empress Gin Sour. Made with Empress 1908 Gin, this cocktail boasts a striking blue-violet hue that transforms into a deep purple when mixed with fresh lemon juice and a splash of violet liqueur.
The combination of sweet peach and intensely floral violet flavors is balanced out by the addition of lemon and mint, making for a perfectly refreshing and complex sip. For those looking to elevate their cocktail game, consider adding edible flowers like orchids or violas to garnish. Trust us, this is one gin cocktail you won't want to miss.
21. The Ginger Rogers
If you're looking for a refreshing gin cocktail to enjoy during the spring season, look no further than "The Ginger Rogers." Made with ginger ale, ginger syrup, lemon, and mint, this cocktail is perfect for a warm afternoon or evening.
The addition of gin adds a unique dimension to the drink, highlighting the flavors of the mint and ginger without overpowering them. While ginger beer can be used as a substitute, ginger ale is preferred for a lighter balance of flavors. Overall, "The Ginger Rogers" is a must-try cocktail for any gin lover looking for a refreshing spring drink.
22. Raspberry Gimlet
The Raspberry Gimlet is a beautiful and fruity gin cocktail that is perfect for springtime sipping. Made with two parts gin and one part lime juice, this cocktail is given a fruity twist with the addition of raspberry syrup. The result is a sweet and tart drink that is as delicious as it is pretty.
The vibrant red color of the cocktail makes it a perfect choice for Valentine's Day or any occasion where you want to impress your guests. The Raspberry Gimlet is easy to make and even easier to sip, making it a must-try for any gin lover looking for a refreshing and flavorful cocktail to enjoy this spring.
23. Blueberry Gin Basil Smash
The Blueberry Gin Basil Smash is a refreshing cocktail that is perfect for spring. The combination of sweet blueberries, earthy basil, and botanical gin is complemented by fizzy ginger beer and a touch of zesty lemon juice.
The gentle muddling of the basil releases its juices and aroma, resulting in a blossoming, herbal flavor that balances perfectly with the botanical gin. Overall, the Blueberry Gin Basil Smash is a delicious and refreshing cocktail that is sure to impress your guests.
24. Cucumber-Lavender Gin Fizz
The Cucumber-Lavender Gin Fizz is a refreshing and unique cocktail that perfectly captures the essence of spring. The combination of fresh cucumber juice, infused lavender syrup, and gin creates a perfect balance of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. The addition of egg white gives the drink a frothy texture that is both silky and smooth.
The cocktail is topped off with club soda, which adds a light and bubbly finish. This drink is perfect for sipping on the patio on a warm spring day, and it pairs well with light appetizers or desserts. If you're looking for a fun and flavorful cocktail to try this spring, the Cucumber-Lavender Gin Fizz is definitely worth a try.
25. Rose Water and Gin Cocktail
The Rose Water and Gin Cocktail is a unique and refreshing drink that is perfect for spring. This cocktail is made with a botanical gin, fresh lemon juice, and a homemade rose water simple syrup. The rose water adds a floral and rosy flavor to the cocktail, making it a perfect choice for a romantic evening or a garden party.
This cocktail is a great way to experiment with cooking with roses and is sure to impress your guests. The Rose Water and Gin Cocktail is just one of the many delicious gin cocktails that you can try this spring.
26. Rose Water Ramos Gin Fizz
The Rose Water Ramos Gin Fizz is a delightful twist on the classic Ramos Gin Fizz cocktail. Instead of using orange blossom water, this recipe calls for rose water, which gives the cocktail a unique and refreshing flavor. The frothy texture of the drink is achieved by adding egg white to the mix, resulting in a creamy and fizzy cocktail.
The addition of edible rose petals as a garnish adds a beautiful touch to this already stunning cocktail. Overall, the Rose Water Ramos Gin Fizz is a perfect choice for a romantic date night or a relaxing evening at home.
27. The Drunk Cucumber
"The Drunk Cucumber" is a refreshing and crisp gin cocktail that is perfect for the spring season. It is made with fresh cucumber and hints of rosemary, giving it a unique and delicious flavor. This cocktail is a twist on the classic gin and tonic, making it a great option for those who want to try something new.
The name itself is intriguing and adds to the appeal of the drink. Overall, "The Drunk Cucumber" is a must-try for anyone looking for a light and refreshing cocktail to enjoy during the spring season.
28. Raspberry Gin Fizz Cocktail
The Raspberry Gin Fizz Cocktail is a perfect addition to any springtime gathering. Made with fresh raspberries, high-quality gin, and lime juice, this cocktail is both refreshing and delicious. The addition of egg white creates a frothy head that adds to the drink's beauty and body.
However, if you're hesitant to use egg whites, you can easily omit them and still enjoy a delicious cocktail. The key to making this cocktail stand out is to choose a gin that isn't too piney and has hints of citrus to complement the other ingredients. Overall, the Raspberry Gin Fizz Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a bright and bubbly drink to enjoy this spring.
29. Blackberry Bramble
The Blackberry Bramble is a refreshing and delicious gin-based cocktail that perfectly captures the flavors of spring. Made with blackberry simple syrup, gin, lemon, and a splash of sparkling water, this cocktail is a crowd-pleaser that will leave you wanting more.
The sweetness of the blackberries is perfectly balanced with the tartness of the lemon, making for a perfectly balanced cocktail that is perfect for sipping on a warm spring day. Whether you're a gin lover or just looking for a new spring cocktail to try, the Blackberry Bramble is definitely worth a try.
30. Gin Basil Smash
The Gin Basil Smash is a refreshing and herbaceous cocktail that is perfect for spring and summer. This modern classic was invented in 2008 in Hamburg, Germany and has since become popular in bars all over the world. The key to this cocktail is muddling fresh basil leaves to release their flavor and color.
The cocktail also includes simple syrup, lemon juice, and gin. The bright green color and fresh flavors make this cocktail a standout among other classic cocktails. If you're looking for a simple yet top-quality cocktail to enjoy at home, the Gin Basil Smash is a must-try.
31. Kiwi Gin Sours
If you're looking for a refreshing and unique cocktail to try this Spring, look no further than the Kiwi Gin Sours. This cocktail is a twist on the classic gin sour, with a sweet-tart taste thanks to the kiwi fruit purée used as the base.
The light green color is perfect for the season, and the optional addition of egg white adds a richness to the drink. Whether you're a gin lover or just looking for something new to try, the Kiwi Gin Sours are sure to impress.
32. Cucumber Gin and Elderflower Martini
The Cucumber Gin and Elderflower Martini is a refreshing and unique cocktail made with gin, elderflower liqueur, and fresh cucumber juice.
The subtle cucumber flavor adds complexity to the drink, while the elderflower liqueur adds a sweet and floral note that complements the botanicals in the gin. For a twist, try muddling in fresh basil. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a refreshing and unique drink this spring.
33. Raspberry Gin Fizz
The Raspberry Gin Fizz is a refreshing and flavorful cocktail that is perfect for spring. This cocktail uses a raspberry simple syrup to infuse maximum raspberry flavor into the drink. It is made with gin, lemon juice, and topped with tonic or soda water.
The addition of fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint as a garnish adds to the overall presentation of the cocktail. The recipe is easy to make and can be adjusted to include different fruits or berries. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a fruity and delicious gin cocktail for spring.
34. Clover Club Cocktail
The Clover Club Cocktail is a classic gin-based cocktail that is perfect for spring. This sweet and tart concoction is made with gin, lemon juice, and raspberry syrup, and is topped with a foamy egg white. The cocktail is perfectly balanced, not too boozy, but with enough oomph to make it a real drink.
The egg white adds a lovely mouthfeel to the cocktail, making it a must-try for anyone who hasn't had a cocktail with an egg white before. The Clover Club Cocktail is a great choice for any occasion, whether it's a pre or post-dinner drink or a brunch alternative to a mimosa. If you're a fan of classic cocktails, the Clover Club Cocktail is definitely one to try.
35. Pink Gin Spritz
The Pink Gin Spritz is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for springtime. This cocktail is a fun twist on the classic Spritz cocktail, with a signature pink hue and aromatic sweetness that comes from the pink gin. The combination of Prosecco and tonic water creates a perfect balance of sweet and bitter flavors that will leave you wanting more.
The cocktail is garnished with raspberries and a lime wedge, which add a burst of flavor and a pop of color to the drink. If you're looking for a fun and delicious cocktail to enjoy this spring, the Pink Gin Spritz is definitely worth a try.
36. White Linen Cocktail
The White Linen Cocktail is a refreshing gin-based cocktail that is perfect for the spring season. Made with elderflower liqueur, lime, cucumber, and soda water, this cocktail is crisp and clean with botanical notes and a tart flavor.
It's a low-sugar option that is perfect for those who prefer their cocktails less sweet. This cocktail is quick and easy to make with only five simple ingredients. If you're looking for a sophisticated yet simple cocktail to enjoy on a lazy spring day, the White Linen Cocktail is a must-try.