Who doesn’t love a classic gin and tonic? Of course, there are many ways to get creative with gin. Carbonated beverages, such as Coca-Cola and 7-up, can be fabulous alternatives to the traditional tonic.
What’s more, mixing sodas with this popular spirit has become a trend. But the question remains – what sodas go well with gin? Aside from the more common combinations, such as orange juice and gin, there are certainly a few beverages that you can add to your gin.
Here are our recommendations for the sodas you can mix with gin!
What are Good Soda Mixers?
The best thing about gin is that you can try many styles and blends to find a flavor profile for just about any palate. This wide variety of options means using several sodas, including the most commonly found sodas. Below are the best soda mixers you can use when you need a delicious gin drink.
Lime soda is a happy bedfellow of gin. So if you have a bottle of gin at home, don’t miss out on mixing it with lime soda to make gin Gimlet. If you’re feeling creative, you can add a homemade lime soda and caster sugar syrup to your gin and lime soda cocktail to enjoy over ice on a hot summer day.
We’ve all heard how good coke and rum go together but have you ever tried the classic Coca-Cola with gin? Well, here’s your chance. Topping up gin with a classic Coke, a spoonful of lime juice, and plenty of ice can make a refreshing alternative to a traditional gin and tonic.
Soda Water is an easy yet surprisingly good mixer for gin. It has been around since the 1920s when bartenders began making a Gin Rickey – consisting of gin topped with soda water and a squeeze of fresh lime in a highball glass filled with ice. This delicious, zesty drink is refreshing with only about 100 calories!
Gin and Ginger Ale make a delicious combination as the ginger ale’s sweetness balances the gin’s subtle, botanical flavors. This classic gin and ginger ale cocktail are called a Gin Buck. It is usually served with a lemon wedge and tastes like heaven!
7Up mixed with gin makes up the infamous Gin Fizz cocktail. The Gin Fizz contains gin topped with 7Up, which replaces the sugar you’d find in a classic gin fizz. This light, refreshing cocktail is served in a highball glass with a lemon wedge and is the perfect drink for a warm summer night.
What is Gin Made From?
There’s a lot of debate about the legal definition of gin in the beverage industry. What’s more, certain stringent laws dictate what gin is made, how it’s made, and what it tastes like.
The most commonly agreed upon thought is that gin is primarily made using juniper, coriander, and angelica. These are the most popular flavors, however, there are many other flowers, roots, fruits, berries, and nuts used as well to create distinctive branding and variations.
In addition, gin has at least 37.5% pure alcohol in a total volume of liquid (that’s the A.B.V you see on the label). There are many gins on the market nowadays, but the traditional types include London Dry Gin, Old Tom Gin, and Plymouth Gin.
What Sodas Can Be Mixed with Pink Gin?
Pink Gin was all the rage in the 19th century. Initially, it was a combination of Gin and a few dashes of Angostura bitters. But now, it has taken the drinking industry by storm.
When mixed with sodas, Pink Gin can create a fruity, bubbly, delightfully citrusy cocktail that hits you in all the right spots. Pink Gin goes exceptionally well with Soda Water, Lemon Soda, or any Fruity Soda. This refreshing cocktail is commonly known as Pink Gin Spritz!
To create a Pink Gin Spritz, fill a wine glass with some ice and pour 25 ml of Gin. You can then add around 100 ml of a fruity or citrusy soda of your choice. Finally, give your drink a good stir, garnish it with a grapefruit slice, and enjoy!
How To Make a Gin and a Soda Mixer Keto-Friendly?
You can enjoy plenty of low-carb alcoholic beverages even on a keto diet. A keto-friendly gin cocktail – made with gin and a low-carb mixer like diet soda or sugar-free tonic water – has little to no calories but the same crisp, refreshing taste of a traditional gin cocktail.
To make a keto-friendly gin and soda cocktail, take 100 ml of gin, 1 cup of sugar-free soda of your choice or sugar-free soda water, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Combine all ingredients into an ice-filled glass, give it a good stir, and enjoy your drink!
What to Keep in Mind When Choosing a New Gin Mixer?
You can do a few things to ensure your gin cocktail is as refreshing as ever. First, always serve your drink ice cold. At room temperature, many mixers lose the impact they would otherwise have on a drink.
Another thing to remember is that different gins work well with different mixers. Try choosing a less domineering mixer to let the nuanced, botanical flavors of the gin outshine. Choosing the right mixer for your gin can elevate your drink’s taste.
Use honey, berries, and lemon to liven up your drink. You can take it up a notch by garnishing your gin cocktails with fresh citrus fruits.
What are Some Basic Gin and Soda Cocktail Recipes?
By now, you must know that gin and soda go very well together. But there’s no reason for you to go to a bar or a fancy restaurant to enjoy a gin and soda cocktail. Instead, you can treat yourself to a refreshing gin cocktail right at home!
Classic Gin Fizz Cocktail
The gin fizz has a light, sour, zesty flavor. This unique flavor profile allows the gin to stand out against the soda’s sparkle. As a result, it’s as refreshing as it’s easy to make.
To make a classic gin fizz cocktail, you need 60 ml of gin, 60 ml of soda water, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and lemon peel to garnish.
All you have to do is get a cocktail shaker, add some ice, and pour the gin and lemon juice inside. I suggest you vigorously shake for about 15 seconds before straining the mixture into a highball glass over ice. Top it with soda water, use the lemon peel as a garnish, and your delicious gin cocktail is ready to be savored!
The buck style of cocktail contains a spirit, ginger ale, and citrus fruit that became popular during the Roaring 20s. Despite its simplicity, it offers many options tailored to your taste palate.
To make a Gin Buck, you need 45 ml of gin, ginger ale, and half a lemon or lime. Pour all the ingredients into a chilled glass and serve it over fresh ice. The juniper in the gin compliments the spiciness of the ginger so well, you wouldn’t want any other cocktail over this.
We’ve all heard of the infamous Rum and Coke, but a Cubata from Cuba in the early 1900s mixes Gin with Coke. The Gin and Coke cocktail is an incredible mixture of sweet, botanical, and zingy flavors that hits all the right notes.
To make a killer Cubata, remember to use the correct ratio of ingredients. Take 1 part gin to 2 parts Coca-Cola. For example, for every 50 ml of gin, use 100 ml of Coke. Pour gin into a glass, top it up with Coke, squeeze a lemon or lime into the mixture, and serve over ice cubes.
Remember to add citrus to your cocktail as the acidity from the lemon or lime cuts through the sweetness of the cola and brings out the deliciousness!
In A Nutshell
If you’re into experimenting with spirits, the heavenly combination of Gin and Soda should be on your drinking list. The subtle, botanical flavors of the gin liven up even more with the fizzy, flavored soda like Coke, 7UP, and Ginger Ale.
What’s better, with minimal ingredients, you can enjoy a delicious bar-style gin cocktail at home. Don’t forget to garnish your drink and enjoy!