This sweet and easygoing Gin and Ginger Ale cocktail is a hostess’ best friend. Three ingredients + one step = many happy faces! Take that, common core math!
Gin and ginger ale cocktails have probably saved thousands of hosts and hostesses through the ages. All you need is ice, ginger ale, gin, a lime, and glasses, and the party has arrived. If you forgot to prepare for cocktails, but have these ingredients on hand, you are golden! It’s Gin and Ginger Ale par-tee time..
Vodka and ginger ale is another common party drink, but vodka lacks gin’s unique aromatics. Gin has notes of juniper berry, citrus, coriander, and cardamom, to name a few.
Whether you prefer gin or vodka, you should give my lawless Apple Pie Moonshine, sparkling Planters Punch, and or bright and colorful Creamsicle Drink – which features a delicious whipped cream vodka! – a go. Or for a mocktail, try my Lime Rickey! This version of Lime Rickey uses just soda water, lime juice, and sugar.
How To Make Gin And Ginger Ale
Gin cocktails are notoriously easy to make, and this gin and ginger ale recipe is no exception! Stir 2 ounces of gin with about 5 ounces of ginger ale in a tall glass filled with ice.
VinePair recommends ice shards, cracked ice, or Collins spears for this type of cocktail. You probably can’t go wrong with regular cubes either. As long as you freeze the cubes from potable water and don’t store them next to food for long periods of time, that is! No one wants hints of an old casserole or lasagna flavoring their cocktail!
Adjust the amount of ginger ale poured according to how strong you want the drink to be. Use a lime wedge for garnish, and present to your eager guests! Some occasions also call for a sprig of mint or slice of fresh ginger for garnish.
1. Fill a tall glass with ice. Add gin.
2. Add ginger ale. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
Variations Of Gin Fizz:
Gin fizz is just what it sounds like: a gin based cocktail with some fizzy additive! That fizzy additive can be soda, sparkling water, tonic water, you name it.
Gin and tonic is a popular version that’s on the dry side. Tonic water has a bit of a bitter taste that some people really go for. The bitterness comes from an ingredient called quinine, which was originally used to treat malaria! Crazy. Quinine comes from the bark of a tree found in Central America, South America, Africa, and the Caribbean.
Gin and ginger beer is sweeter and spicier, in that inimitable gingery way! After all, dried ginger clocks in at 160,000 on the Scoville Scale – that’s hotter than cayenne!
Finally, the famous Gin Rickey is made using lime and sparkling water. Rickey’s can also be made with bourbon.
Gin And Ginger Ale
Gin and ginger ale is one of the best option for social gatherings in my opinion. You can adjust the strength as needed, and it is not too dry or spicy. A real people pleaser! The sweetness of ginger ale cocktails make them go down easily, so consume with caution! Even the ancient Greeks, (commonly thought of as the wisest civilization ever), were no strangers to drinking parties! Just discuss a little politics, poetry, or philosophy, and call yourself Socrates.
Sloe Gin Fizz
Light and bubbly, fun and fruity, Sloe Gin Fizz is a great party or even a just-because drink. Shake up a cooler in two minutes flat! Plus it rivals pink gin and ginger ale in festiveness and visual appeal!
Gin And Sprite
Gin and sprite is another great party or event drink. Sprite brings an inoffensive hint of lemon and lime to the mix. And just like the gin and ginger ale recipe, it is a breeze to mix. Garnish with lemon, lime, or – if you are feeling wild – a wedge of pineapple!
Ramos Gin Fizz
Finally, Ramos Gin Fizz (among other things) uses orange blossom water. An authentic Ramos Gin Fizz must be mixed for a whole 12 minutes! The cocktail was invented in 1888 by the temperance preaching Henry C. Ramos of New Orleans’ Imperial Cabinet Saloon.
Gin And Ginger Ale Recipe
My gin and ginger ale recipe is so delish, you will not be worrying about gin and ginger ale calories! But just in case you have dietary restrictions, I provide all the nutritional info below.
Gin And Ginger Ale
- 2 Ounces Gin
- 4-6 Ounces Ginger Ale
- Lime Wedges
- Fill a tall glass with ice. Add gin and ginger ale and gently stir. Garnish with a wedge of lime.