If you like Gin and Tonic, but want to order something new, we’ve got three cocktails for you.
It’s hard to beat the simplicity and elegance of this happy hour standby. But if you like the crisp, refreshing flavors in a Gin and Tonic and want to expand your gin-drinking experience, the following classic cocktails have some of the same characteristics and so much more.
A Gin Gimlet is quite simply gin and sweetened lime juice. For those branching out from Gin and Tonic, or simply being introduced to gin in the first place, this is a simple cocktail that highlights the gin flavor. Although author Raymond Chandler in his classic novel, The Long Goodbye, wrote that “a real gimlet is half gin and half Rose's lime juice and nothing else,” most gin drinkers prefer more gin and only a splash of sweet lime juice.
This Prohibition-era cocktail used honey to mask the smell of gin so authorities couldn’t sniff out drinkers breaking the law. In Bee’s Knees, the simple combination of gin, lemon juice and honey hits the right balance of herbal, sour and sweet. The classic cocktail recipe turns especially classy when served straight up topped off with champagne.
The Aviation cocktail harkens back to a time when air travel was a thing you got dressed up for, an occasion filled with glamour, an event that deserved its own cocktail. Essentially a Gin Sour spiked with maraschino liqueur, the Aviation is a subtly cherry-infused take on the combination of gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. For real traditionalists who can get their hands on Crème de Violette, this lavender liqueur adds a floral aroma and brilliant purple hue when served straight up in a martini glass.