Gin and Ginger


Just what you need to start a holiday night off right.

Photo: Greg DuPree
Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
5 mins
1 cocktail

This sweet and spicy number makes one drink—the right amount to enjoy while you cook or take a night in for yourself. Shaking the gin with lemon juice and honey melds the flavors just enough to mellow the boozy notes and brighten the ginger beer. If you don't have toothpicks to spear the crystallized ginger, just cut a small vertical slit in the bottom half of a strip and slide it onto the glass' rim for a pretty garnish. For gin, we really like The Botanist Gin, Hendrick's Gin, or the very interesting Monkey47. Pro tip: To make a fantastic aperitif to start a party off right, multiply by the number of guests to make a big batch.


  • 3 tablespoons (1.5 oz) dry gin

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)

  • ½ tablespoon honey

  • ¼ cup ginger beer, chilled

  • Crystallized ginger, for serving


  1. Place gin, lemon juice, and honey in a cocktail shaker.

  2. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds.

  3. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass, top with ginger beer, and garnish with crystallized ginger.

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