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Good Spirits: 4 Refreshing Gin Cocktails

Jul 02, 2019 03:00PM

Light, botanical, and versatile, gin may just be the perfect summertime spirit. Local distilleries seem to agree and are producing some of the best bottles around. Toast to the season with one of the following recipes.

Delta Sunset

Delta Sunset

1 oz. watermelon, muddled

1 oz. cucumber, muddled

1.5 oz. J.J. Pfister Capitol Gin

1 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice

.75 oz. simple syrup

3 dashes scorched pear bitters

Cucumber, for garnish 

Muddle watermelon and cucumber together in a cocktail shaker. Add ice till 3/4 full, gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake and strain into a coupe glass. Top with bitters and cucumber rose garnish.

Submitted by Dru Black (@drinksbydru), mixologist at J.J. Pfister Distilling Company, 9819 Business Park Drive, Sacramento, 916-672-9662,

Emerald Bay

Emerald Bay

2 oz. Botanica

1/2 oz. Engine 49 Light Rum

3/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lime juice

1 oz. simple syrup

1 cup arugula

4 drops Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry bitters, to taste

Lime wheel, for garnish

Combine all ingredients (through simple syrup) in a cocktail shaker. Fill partway with ice, and then top with arugula.  Cover and shake vigorously till outside of shaker is very cold, about 20 seconds. Strain through fine-mesh sieve into a coupe glass; garnish with lime wheel.

Submitted by Amador & Dry Diggings Distillery, 5050 Robert J Mathews Parkway, El Dorado Hills, 530-313-4000,

“Gin”ger Berry Freeze

“Gin”ger Berry Freeze

*4 oz. strawberry purée

*1 oz. ginger syrup

1 oz. ice

2 oz. Darjeeling Gin

1 strawberry slice, for garnish

1 ginger slice, for garnish


Ginger Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1/4 lb. fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

For the strawberry purée: Clean, de-stem, and quarter strawberries. Blend thoroughly.

For the ginger syrup: Bring all ingredients to a boil. Simmer uncovered for 30 minutes. Strain and cool.

Blend all ingredients together; garnish with strawberry and ginger.

Submitted by California Distilled Spirits, 12205 Locksley Lane, Suite 11, Auburn, 916-599-6541,

Mint to Be

Mint to Be

8 mint leaves, muddled

1 oz. simple syrup

Crushed ice

2 oz. Wheelhouse Gin

Slice of lime, for garnish 

In a shaker, muddle mint leaves. Add simple syrup and crushed ice. Incorporate gin and shake well. Pour into glass and garnish with lime.

Submitted by Gold River Distillery, 11460 Sunrise Gold Circle, Suite C, Rancho Cordova, 916-802-9761,

 Compiled by Megan Wiskus