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7 Gin Cocktails to Help You Survive Winter

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Winter is usually mislabelled as the exclusive domain of whiskey and mulled wine. But there’s no prohibition against clear spirits for half the darn year and gin drinkers shouldn’t be left out of seasonal tipples. In fact, the spirit’s piney, botanical flavors fit right in among a wooded winter wonderland. Here are the best gin drinks to sip all winter long—cozy fireplace pairing definitely recommended.

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Winter is what you make of it. This winter drink is the same way—its French press preparation allows you to create the exact sort of seasonal taste you want. Press the plunger down quickly, for bright, fruity flavors that will transform even the most wearisome winter day into a sunny snowscape. Wait longer before plunging into your cocktail, and the drink will infuse more with seasonal juniper, cranberry and thyme, for a heavier flavored (yet equally buoyant) drink.

The Essentials

Gin
Lemon Juice
elderflower syrup
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Thanks to some edible gold glitter, this Martini variation literally shimmers with winter magic, making it a striking classic for the holidays. Spiked with half an ounce of Génépy (a liqueur straight from the snowy French Alps), along with dashes of pine bitters and peaty scotch, the dry gin drink conjures images of stomping through a snow-covered forest trail on your way to a rustic cabin and awaiting fire.

The Essentials

Gin
Vermouth
Génépy
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Fortified wines are made for cold weather, and the Dubonnet became the cold weather sipper of choice in dreary old London after the Queen Mother showed her affection for it. In this classic, the herbs and spices in the Dubonnet, which tastes of mint, cherries, walnuts and all things wintery, mixes with the botanicals of London Dry, with just a dash of orange bitters for some citrusy pep.

The Essentials

gin
Dubonnet Rouge
bitters
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The heartier apple varieties may hold out until November, but by December the orchards are as stark as our sullen winter moods. Warm up your temper with an appley coda to fall, with this hot apple and chai-infused Toddy. Then breathe in the steam and imagine it’s September again.

The Essentials

Gin
Apple Juice
Chai Tea
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Many gin-based classics are too dry and bracing for our fragile, snow-battered souls during winter, but the luxurious, velvety 20th Century is just the comforting sipper we need to coax us out of our parkas. Bright gin and lemon juice get smoothed out by floral Lillet Blanc and delicately sweet white crème de cacao. The result is like drinking liquid winter sunshine.

The Essentials

Vodka
white crème de cacao
Ginger Beer
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Autumnal pumpkin spice madness tends to fade somewhere between Halloween and Thanksgiving, and by Christmas it’s nearly forgotten—but this is just downright illogical. The baking spice flavors are just as comforting in chilly February as they are in October. This PSL-inspired Negroni incorporates those tastes into the bright, red year-round classic, easing the awkward friction between society’s pigheaded notions about seasonality and your undying love of all things PSL.

The Essentials

Campari
Gin
Pumpkin Spice Syrup
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This yuletide-appropriate Martini swaps vermouth for mulled white wine, a genius switch that lends not only mulled wine’s citrusy-yet-jammy texture to the cocktail, but also its mulling spices. Inventor Tim Harris, owner of the Manhattan Cricket Club, recommends using a London Dry, heavy on piney juniper, for the full seasonal effect.

The Essentials

Gin
Mulled White Wine
Orange bitters

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