You might argue that gin is an all-season spirit, but with many distilleries opting for floral notes in their botanical infusions, sipping on boldly bright gin-based cocktails feel extra refreshing now that it’s spring. Here are six interesting gin cocktails to order with friends and cheers to the well-earned warmer weather.
Anju Almost Famous
Tanqueray, yellow Chartreuse and Aperol get livened up by some puckering yuzu in this popular cocktail at this celebrated contemporary Korean restaurant. Patio season should be here soon, so enjoy this one in the sunshine if you can.
344 17 Ave. S.W., 403-460-3341, anju.ca
Avec Bistro Corpse Reviver #2
This spin on a classic Reviver uses Eau Claire Distillery’s Parlour Gin, a spirit that’s full of summery botanicals like saskatoon berries, rosehip, lemon and mint. Lillet Blanc and Cointreau add to the depth of the cocktail while the absinthe lemon juice serves as the final, potent pick-me-up.
The Derrick Aviation Cloud Spritz
It’s hard to talk about anything to do with gin and not mention The Derrick. It has amassed the largest collection of gin in a restaurant in Canada so naturally its cocktail menu is ripe with interesting concoctions to imbibe. Seemingly a boozy ode to Alberta’s vibrant skies, this bubbly beverage with a cotton candy-garnish is made with a mixture of gin, maraschino, violet, citrus, absinthe and prosecco. Cheers!
620 8 Ave. S.W., 403-475-7226, thederrickyyc.com
Native Tongues Seis 25
Though this restaurant places its emphasis on Latin American spirits, don’t overlook this delicious cocktail from bar manager Samantha Casuga. Made with equal parts Beefeater gin and mezcal, and accented by citrusy Lillet Blanc, aromatic chamomile and celery shrub, it’s the drinkable version of a foggy spring morning.
235 12 Ave. S.W., 403-263-9444, nativetongues.ca
Royale Orion’s Belt
Laying on the grass and star gazing is less of a pipe dream now that it’s almost April. Thus, sipping on Jimmy Nguyen’s constellation-inspired drink comprised Tanqueray, ginger liqueur, yellow Chartreuse and a dash of cardamom bitters feels perfectly appropriate for spring.
730 17 Ave. S.W., 403-475-9457, royaleyyc.ca