Gin and lime juice make a perfect pair — the assertive piney aromatics of gin combine with the tart and refreshing acidity of lime to create a simple, yet sophisticated cocktail. Fresh-squeezed lime juice is recommended for the freshest flavor, but in a pinch you can use bottled lime juice or frozen lime juice concentrate. Secondary ingredients such as simple syrups and bitters enhance the flavor of a lime gin drink; exercise creative license to craft your own one-of-a-kind concoction.
Combine 2 ounces of gin, 3/4 ounce of lime juice and 3/4 ounce of simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously until chilled, and strain into a cocktail glass. Play with the amount of each ingredient to suit your taste; reduce the amount of simple syrup and increase the amount of lime juice to cut down on the sweetness and up the acidity. Turn a gimlet into a bennet with a few drops of Angostura bitters, which instantly add a layer of complexity.
Make your own simple syrup by dissolving a cup of granulated sugar in a cup of water on the stovetop. Let the syrup cool before using it, and store it in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.
As sweet and sophisticated as its name suggests, the debutante is made by combining 2 ounces of gin, 3/4 ounce of lime juice and 2 teaspoons of grenadine. Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake until well chilled. Serve this lovely pink-hued cocktail strained into a chilled martini glass. Instead of grenadine, use unsweetened pomegranate juice if desired.
Lime Gin Fizz
Club soda adds a sparkling touch to the average lime gin drink. Combine 2 to 2 1/2 ounces of gin with an ounce of lime juice, 3 to 4 ounces of club soda and 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar. Add the gin, lime juice and sugar to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously for at least a minute, or until all of the sugar has dissolved. Strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice and top with club soda. Customize the flavor by muddling cucumbers, mint leaves, or fresh tarragon along with the sugar in the cocktail shaker before adding the other ingredients. Or leave the sugar out to create a Gin Rickey.
The bitingly bittersweet flavor of ginger gives the foghorn, also known as a gin buck, its edge. Pour 2 ounces of gin, 1/2 ounce of lime juice and 3 to 5 ounces of ginger beer into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Stir gently to combine. Squeeze a lime wedge over the drink; then drop it into the cocktail to garnish. If you don’t have ginger beer, you can use ginger ale instead, though ginger ale is mellower and less spicy than ginger beer.
References and ResourcesThe Kitchn: Forgotten Gin Cocktails
Bon Appetit: 14 Recipes for Gin Cocktails
Mini Bar: Gin: A Little Book of Big Drinks; Mittie Hellmich