How to drink your gin: The 5 best ways to drink gin

Gin lovers know that there are endless ways to enjoy this versatile spirit. Whether you prefer your gin straight up or mixed in a cocktail, there's a perfect way to savor its unique flavors. In this article, we'll explore five of the best ways to drink your gin and get the most out of its taste. We'll cover everything from drinking gin straight to mixing it with tonic, making a gin martini, and adding a garnish. We'll also take a closer look at Dilly Spirits and how to enjoy their range of gins with unique flavors. So, whether you're a seasoned gin connoisseur or a curious newcomer, let's dive into the world of gin and discover the best ways to drink it.

Drinking gin straight

Drinking gin straight is the simplest and most traditional way to enjoy this spirit. It allows you to fully appreciate the complexity of the botanicals and flavors in your gin. When drinking gin straight, it's best to serve it chilled or over ice to help mellow out the alcohol burn. If you want to add some extra flavor to your gin, try adding a citrus twist or a dash of bitters. While some gins are too harsh to drink straight, others are smooth enough to be enjoyed on their own. Experiment with different brands and see which ones you prefer straight up. Drinking gin straight is an excellent way to experience the true essence of this spirit.

Have your gin with a tonic 

One of the most popular ways to enjoy gin is to mix it with tonic water. The combination of gin's botanicals and tonic's bitterness creates a refreshing and balanced drink. When choosing a tonic water to mix with your gin, consider the flavor profile of your gin. Some tonics are sweeter than others, which can complement or overpower certain gins. Dilly Spirits, for example, recommends using Artisan Drinks Tonics as their tonic of choice to pair with their gins.

To make a gin and tonic, fill a glass with ice and add one part gin to three parts tonic water. Stir gently and garnish with a slice of lime or your preferred garnish. You can also experiment with different ratios and mixers to find your perfect combination. Adding a splash of elderflower or grapefruit juice can create a unique twist on the classic gin and tonic.

Overall, a gin and tonic is a simple and refreshing way to enjoy gin, and Dilly Spirits' recommended Artisan Drinks Tonics are a great choice to pair with their unique range of gins.

Create a gin cocktail

While gin can be enjoyed on its own or with tonic, it's also a great spirit to use in cocktails. The botanical flavors in gin make it a versatile ingredient that can be paired with a variety of mixers and garnishes. One of the most popular gin cocktails is the gin martini, which consists of gin, dry vermouth, and a garnish of olives or a twist of lemon.

To make a gin martini, combine three parts gin and one part dry vermouth in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with olives or a lemon twist. If you prefer a sweeter drink, you can also try a gin sour, which combines gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup.

Experimenting with different mixers and garnishes can help you find your perfect gin cocktail. Dilly Spirits also offers a range of unique gin flavors that can be used to create your own signature cocktail. Get creative and try different combinations until you find the perfect mix for your taste buds.

Gin martini

The gin martini is one of the most classic gin cocktails and a staple in any cocktail bar. It's a simple drink that combines gin, dry vermouth, and a garnish of olives or a lemon twist. The key to a good gin martini is finding the right balance between the gin and the vermouth.

To make a gin martini, start by filling a cocktail shaker with ice. Add three parts gin and one part dry vermouth to the shaker and stir well. Strain the mixture into a chilled martini glass and garnish with olives or a lemon twist. Some people prefer their gin martinis "dirty" which means adding a small amount of olive brine to the mixture for a slightly salty flavor.

While the gin martini may seem simple, it's a cocktail that can be customized to suit your tastes. Experiment with different gins and vermouths to find the perfect combination for you. Dilly Spirits' range of unique gin flavors, such as their Lavender Gin and Tangerine Gin, can add an extra dimension of flavor to your gin martini.

How to enjoy our Dilly Spirits

At Dilly Spirits, we believe that each of our spirits has its own unique story to tell, and we take pride in crafting small-batch gins and rums that offer a rich and complex drinking experience. Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy our Dilly Spirits:

The Dilly Lavender Gin

Our Dilly Lavender Gin is a delicate and floral gin that is perfect for sipping on its own or mixed with tonic. We recommend serving it with a slice of lemon or a sprig of fresh lavender for a refreshing and aromatic twist.


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The Lydia Tangerine Gin

The Lydia Tangerine Gin is a citrus-forward gin that is best enjoyed with tonic and a slice of orange. It's also a great base for cocktails, such as a classic gin and juice or a tangerine sour.


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The Howard Faijoa Gin

Our Howard Faijoa Gin is a unique gin that combines the flavors of gin with the tropical taste of feijoa. We recommend serving it with tonic and a slice of lime for a refreshing and exotic cocktail.


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The Ruby Blackcurrant Gin

The Ruby Blackcurrant Gin is a rich and fruity gin that is best enjoyed with tonic and a sprig of fresh mint. It's also a great addition to a fruit punch or a gin-based sangria.


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The Devils Advocate Navy Rum

Our Devils Advocate Navy Rum is a smooth and complex rum that is best enjoyed neat or on the rocks. It also pairs well with ginger beer or cola for a classic rum and mixer.


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Whether you prefer your spirits straight or mixed, we hope you enjoy the unique and flavorful experience that our Dilly Spirits offer.

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