Greg DuPree
Hands-On Time
5 Mins
Total Time
5 Mins
1 cocktail

This sweet and spicy number is just what you need to start a holiday night off right. It makes one drink—aka, the right amount for enjoying 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, you can still make a pretty garnish by setting a piece onto the edge of the glass. Just cut a small vertical slit in the bottom half of a strip and slide it onto the rim. For gin, we really like The Botanist Gin, Hendrick’s Gin, or the very interesting Monkey47. Pro tip: This would make a fantastic aperitif to start a party off right, multiply by the number of guests to make a big batch.

Headnote by Lindsay Maitland Hunt

How to Make It

Step 1

Place gin, lemon juice, and honey in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice; cover and shake vigorously until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and top up with ginger beer. Garnish with crystallized ginger.

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