Gin is one of the most well-known and widely loved types of liquor around. Grenadine is commonly added to shake up cocktails that look almost too good to drink. Try out one of these gin and grenadine cocktails, and you might just discover your new favorite drink! From classic cocktails like the gin daisy to a cool, modern recipe, you can always find a use for a good bottle of gin!
Why is Grenadine so Popular in Cocktails?
Grenadine is a flavored syrup that’s made using pomegranates. The syrup has a mild taste that pairs well with various flavors. Grenadine has become a staple bar mixer for at-home cocktail recipes and bars alike.
Adding grenadine to drinks keeps them from being too tart but isn’t as overpoweringly sweet as the simple syrup that’s often used to add sweetness to cocktails. Grenadine is also loved for its deep red color, similar to that of a red wine, that makes for gorgeous cocktails. Gin is one of the many liquors that can be combined with grenadine for a variety of delicious cocktail recipes.
1. Gin Daisy Cocktail
The Gin Daisy cocktail is a classic recipe that all cocktail connoisseurs should know how to make. You’ll need a martini glass, cherry grenadine, gin, fresh lemon or lime juice, and sparkling water. A cocktail shaker is recommended to mix all the ingredients except the sparkling water.
Strain and pour the mixture into a chilled martini glass. Then, top it off with sparkling water.
This classic cocktail is refreshing and delicious every time!
2. Gin Sunrise
The Gin Sunrise cocktail is a twist on a traditional tequila sunrise. You’ll need gin, grenadine, lemon juice, and orange juice. A gin sunrise is best served in a highball glass with ice. Garnish with an orange or lemon slice and a cocktail umbrella to make this cocktail feel truly tropical.
This cocktail recipe doesn’t require a cocktail shaker either. Just add the ingredients to the glass, stir, and enjoy.
3. Gin Pineapple Grenadine Cocktail
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Some cocktail recipes are complex and challenging to follow, but this is one of the simplest gin and grenadine cocktails to prepare at the last minute.
Gather gin, grenadine, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and club soda. Add everything except the club soda to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until well combined, strain, and pour into a chilled glass.
The recipe recommends using a Collins glass, but any tall tumbler glass will work. Add a slice of fresh pineapple for a garnish and bite-sized snack all in one!
4. Gin and Sin
Gin & Sin is another one of the classic cocktails on our list of favorites. This drink packs a citrus punch with sweet grenadine syrup to create a cocktail that will become one of your new favorite recipes!
To make a classic Gin and Sin, you need a dry gin, grenadine syrup, orange juice, and lemon juice—fine-strain the ingredients from a cocktail shaker into a chilled martini glass. Add half an ounce of ice-cold water to chill this drink even more. Garnish with an orange zest twist.
5. Pink Gin Fizz
The Pink Gin Fizz is one of the few gin and grenadine cocktails that have different ingredients to choose from based on your flavor preferences. Depending on how you make the drink, it can be sweeter or more tart. No matter how you follow the recipe, it’s always refreshing!
Start by choosing either pink gin or dry gin. You’ll also need grenadine, fresh lemon juice, and either lemonade or soda water. Using pink gin and lemonade will make the cocktail sweeter, while dry gin and soda water will be more tart.
Add ice to a cocktail shaker and shake to mix the ingredients. Use a large gin glass to serve Pink Gin Fizz cocktails. Add ice and a slice of lemon to the glass, then strain the cocktail on top and start sipping! Another slice of lemon can be placed on the rim to garnish your cocktail.
6. Pink Lady
The Pink Lady Cocktail is unique because it calls for an egg white. Of course, you’ll also need dry gin, grenadine, fresh lemon juice, and AppleJack. All the ingredients are added to a shaker for a dry shake. That means you shouldn’t add any ice before shaking.
Once the egg white has combined with the other ingredients, add ice and shake some more. Strain and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Traditionally, a brandied cherry is used as a boozy garnish.
Practice Your Mixologist Skills at Home
Becoming a master mixologist takes some serious practice. While you may never compete with your favorite local bartender, there’s no reason you can’t learn to shake up a great cocktail at home!
Grab a martini glass and attempt your very own gin daisy. If you’re not sure where to start, stick with something classic and delicious!