Tonic is one of the most common mixers for gin, but it's not the only one. This classic can’t be ignored, but it never hurts to broaden your horizons a little.
The standard gin mixers we cover below will all bring different flavor profiles for gin lovers. If you aren’t a gin lover, maybe one of these popular gin mixing options will change your mind.
As the saying goes, “If it ain't broke, don’t fix it.” There's a reason that tonic is the most common mixer with gin.
People often get tonic and club soda confused because they are both carbonated waters, but tonic water is made with quinine, which gives it a distinct but subtle bitter flavor. This bitter flavor plays off of the botanical taste of gin, making it a perfect pairing.
Ginger beer is quickly becoming a rival to tonic water in terms of popularity.
This sweet and spicy concoction is much different from ginger ale and takes some time to acclimate to, but you’ll love it once you do.
Ginger beer pairs perfectly with gin because it has a strong flavor, but it is not so overpowering that it hides the gin completely, making the two balance each other out.
The great thing about ginger beer is you can find it on the store shelves or opt to make it at home. A quick google search should pull up several different ginger beer recipes for you to try. The nice thing about making it yourself is that you control every ingredient that goes into it.
While the gin and tonic is the most common drink among gin drinkers, there is a classic drink that doesn’t get as much love as it once did.
A classic gin martini is gin mixed with vermouth and a garnish. More often than not, the garnish is green olives, with some people opting to add a little olive juice into the mix for added flavor. Primer Magazine offers a step by step tutorial on making the perfect gin martini.
Soda water is the preferred gin mixer for those watching their calories. Gin and soda may seem bland since it is gin and carbonated water, but it's a blank slate.
Any number of garnishes can be added to complement gin’s flavor, but a wedge of lime is one of the most popular.
The flavor profile of gin is perfect for all citrus drinks, but there is a special relationship between gin and lime.
You can mix lime juice with gin for a low calorie and flavorful drink, but you can go a little further and add a small amount of simple syrup to make a Gin Gimlet.
Not to be outshined by lime, lemon is also a go-to favorite for mixing with gin. Lemon juice offers the same citrus pairing that lime juice does but with a sourer profile.
Like lime, you can add a bit of simple syrup to this mix to create a popular gin drink by the name of Tom Collins.
Sticking with the citrus theme, gin mixes perfectly with lemonade for a refreshing summer cocktail. Though gin aficionados may snub it, some people like to step up the flavor with a sweeter flavored lemonade like pink or strawberry lemonade.
Pineapple juice is a departure from the other mixers on this list, but people love the combination of botanical gin with sweet pineapple juice.
Though pineapple is not a citrus fruit, it is a close relative, making sense that it would pair so well with gin.
Although it is not as popular as the Bloody Mary, gin has its own brunch drink.
Known as the Red Snapper, gin and tomato juice is a fantastic alternative if you’re not a Bloody Mary fan.
Even if you don’t like tomato juice, you may find that the combination of the botanical gin with tomato juice offsets the juice’s taste enough to make a surprisingly delicious cocktail.
The Craft Gin Club has a few suggestions of other ingredients you can add to your Red Snapper to step up the flavor.
Earl Grey Tea
This mixer may not be as popular as others, but it is growing in popularity every day. People love to drink gin in hot tea or cool the beverage and shake earl grey gin martinis.
The two both have flowery tastes that play off of each other to create a unique taste experience.
In a similar vein, some people are experimenting with gin and cold brew coffee, but it is not nearly as popular as gin and tea. The Manual suggests Twinings as their Earl Grey of choice.
If you're a gin lover that's tired of the same old taste profile, you have options.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you switch up your mixer and find that you like it more than what you’ve been drinking for years.
The best part is that if you try a mixer and don’t like it, you know you still have one you enjoy, so throw caution to the wind, and try all of these mixers responsibly.
Rory used to spend his days tinkering with airplane engines in a Raytheon hangar. But on a junket overseas, a fellow grease monkey talked him into visiting a British distillery that offered tastings. Now he chases the scent, potency, and promise of spirits up mountains, through jungles, and over wide deserts in search of the next transformative mouthful.