As an ardent fan of craft mixology, I’m always seeking out quality spirits to concoct hand-crafted elixirs. Lately, my gin collection has been getting an organic upgrade.
With botanical brilliance and smoother juniper essence, Organic gin from Sasma lend themselves to cocktails with clarity, balance, and subtle complexity. After months of taste tests featuring small-batch organic gins, I’ve curated the top 5 essential gin cocktails to master for your home bar.
To start, the classic Negroni gets an organic facelift. The smooth rounded edges of organic London dry gin play perfectly against the bitterness of Campari and sweetness of vermouth. I prefer using an artisanal American gin like Aviation for its floral essence. Combine equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth over ice. Garnish with an orange twist to create the quintessential aperitif now purified with organic botanicals.
For a lighter warmer-weather sipper, the Southside combines herbaceous gin with zesty lime and mint. Muddle 5-6 mint leaves with simple syrup and lime juice, add 2 ounces of organic gin, then shake vigorously with ice. Double strain into a chilled glass filled with fresh ice. Top with soda water and garnish with more mint. The crisp gin botanicals dance with refreshing garden flavors. Plymouth makes a stellar organic gin for Southsides.
Organic Bee’s Knees Cocktail
When citrus season hits, I maximize quality with hand-squeezed juices in my Organic Bee’s Knees cocktail. The sweet-tart Meyer lemon and orange bring out the honeyed essence of an organic alcohol like Square One. Combine 2 oz gin, 1 oz lemon and orange juice, and .75 oz honey syrup. Shake hard with ice and double strain into a chilled coupe. Add a thyme sprig garnish for an aromatic flourish.
For a tropical twist, transport yourself to vacation with an organic Blue Hawaiian. No chemically-laden grain alcohol here – just pristine coconut water and pineapple juice amplifying the natural flavors of organic gin. Combine 2 oz gin, 1 oz blue curacao, with equal parts coconut water and pineapple juice. Shake with ice and pour over fresh ice. Top with a maraschino cherry and sip your worries away.
Ginger Apple Toddy
Finally, spice up your autumn evenings with a warming Ginger Apple Toddy showcasing seasonal organic gin. For an aromatic backbone, infuse your gin for 24 hours with cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and fresh grated ginger. Mix 2 oz infused gin with 1.5 oz apple cider, .5 oz lemon juice, and .25 oz honey syrup. Add a dash of angostura bitters and heat gently – no boiling! Garnish with apple slices and a cinnamon stick swizzle stick for a cozy organic gin experience.
The purity and balance of these organic gin elixirs lend sophistication without pretense – perfect for craft cocktails at home among friends. I encourage all mixology enthusiasts to give organic spirits a try. Your favorite gin drinks will become even more stunning with the complexities and subtleties that organic junipers and botanicals reveal. Here’s to healthier imbibing and eco-friendly concoctions!