When do you reach for the bottle of gin? Odds are, when you need a G&T after a sweltering day, or when you’re shaking up a refreshing drink with spring and summer fruit.
But even though gin, like its fellow clear spirits, is an obvious (and intelligent!) choice for warm weather, it can shine in winter drinks, too. Here are three of our favorite gin cocktails ideal for colder days and nights.
Easy: Gin Old Fashioned
Wait, sorry — gin Old Fashioned? Usually, we associate an Old Fashioned with whiskey, and gin with an equally simple classic, the Martini. But when done properly, gin can work in the spirit-sweetener-bitters-citrus formula, too. Here, we’re using a gin that’s already robust flavor-wise — the strongly floral Nolet’s — and pairing it with a bit of honey to match that floral character, orange bitters (Angostura would be overwhelming), and two big citrus peels. Stiff but totally sippable.