Gin’s herbaceousness and savory qualities make it ideal for classics like the Martini and the Gin & Tonic. But gin is so much more versatile than that, and it makes some killer sweet cocktails as well. Sometimes it’s the addition of fresh fruit juice in a classic twist, other times it’s the full tiki treatment with a gin base. Wherever the sweetness comes from, these eight cocktails prove that gin’s inherent herbal quality is also the perfect match for people with a sweet tooth.
8 Surprisingly Sweet Gin Drinks You’re Guaranteed to Love
The taste of a beet is instantly recognizable. It’s sweet and earthy like nothing else, and beet juice can turn anything from a boring dull color to a vibrant pinkish-red. The Heart Beet is more than just eye catching, though—it’s tasty, too. A base of sweet raw beet syrup, lemon juice and gin is topped with Fever Tree Tonic for what will surely be one of your favorite Gin & Tonic twists.
Raw Beet Syrup
The Twentieth Century was named after “The Most Famous Train in the World,” which went from New York to Chicago in a remarkably sweet 15 and a half hours. Times have changed since the early 20th century, but this cocktail hasn’t lost any of its balanced charm. Take your sweet time while sipping for optimum effect.
white creme de cacao
This creamy and sweet gin cocktail is often overlooked, which is a true travesty. The somewhat obscure Ace cocktail is strengthened with gin, sweetened by grenadine, smoothed out by egg whites and cream, and balanced by a touch of lemon juice.
The Bronx isn’t New York’s most famous borough, but the Bronx cocktail is something to behold. It’s a twist on the Perfect Martini, and was invented in the early 1900s by a bartender at the famed Waldorf Astoria. It’s made with gin, an equal mix of sweet and dry vermouths, and orange juice, which gives it a touch of sweetness.
Let the legacy live on. Created with The Purple One himself in mind, this drink from The Horny Ram in Manhattan is made with butterfly pea flower tea, lavender syrup, lemon and gin. It’ll remind you that life is just a party.
Butterfly Pea Flower Tea
Round up all your friends who appreciate sweet gin cocktails and whip up a batch of Garrick Club Punch. The guaranteed party pleaser, which is made with lemon, sugar, maraschino liqueur, gin and soda water, was invented at the secretive Garrick Club in London. Thankfully, this recipe wasn’t kept confidential.
Gin isn’t usually the first ingredient that comes to mind when you think of tiki, but give the Royal Hawaiian a chance. Gin, fresh pineapple juice, lemon juice and orgeat combine for a drink that’s sweet but balanced.
When the Florodora was originally created, it was named after a famous chorus line and made with fresh raspberries. Today’s take more often uses raspberry liqueur, which adds sweetness and a little more alcohol to the gin and ginger syrup cocktail. Top it all off with soda water and a raspberry garnish, and you’ve got a drink that tastes as good as it looks.