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The Gin and Ginger

Or is the Gin and Ginger really called the Gin Buck? More on that later.

Perhaps this Gin and Ginger is on par with the Gin and Tonic, perhaps not. The subtle taste of quinine, the old fashioned malaria medicine, in Tonic Water is not for everyone. But Ginger Ale just might be.

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Gin and ginger cocktail prep. So simple.

The absolute beauty of gin is that it’s so basic – you can make it your own. Same goes for many of the standard gin cocktails – mix it up to your liking. Love lots of lime from a squeeze bottle? Go nuts. Want more ice or less ginger or more gin? Also go nuts.

Here’s the classic Gin and Ginger recipe, and a few ways to really make it your own. You can even make it a mocktail.

The Gin and Ginger Cocktail

Simple. Gin and ginger, perhaps with some lime, perhaps not. Maybe not as bright as the traditional Gin and Tonic, but lovely nonetheless.


  • 1 Part Gin Pick your fave
  • 2 Parts Ginger Ale Also pick your fave
  • 1 Wedge Lime This is optional.


  • As always, chill your dang glass! The Gin and Ginger goes nicely in a rocks glass. Or use a Collins glass. Or a beer stein if you are going bulk.
  • This is a drink to make in your glass, so dump any "old" ice that you used to chill your glass and add fresh ice.
  • Let the gin pour. Measure it, or gin-stimate it.
  • Top with ginger ale.
  • Garnish with a wedge of lime on the edge of the glass. You have the option of squeezing the lime for the juice, or twisting the rind for the lime oil over your drink.
  • Try not to do any work or chores as you enjoy your Gin and Ginger.

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Variations on the Gin and Ginger theme!

A few ideas to get you going on how you can mix up the Gin and Ginger:

Use a gin that has distinct flavors, like Hendrick’s, and garnish with a corresponding treat. In the case of Hendricks, use a cuke instead of lime.

Mix up your citrus choices and use lemon instead. Depending on who you ask, this is a Gin Buck.

Add some mint, fresh from the garden is best.

Add some Angastura Bitters. Or some other flavor of your favorite bitters. Adding two dashes of bitters is a place to start.


Lemon is one garnish option. You can also add some lemon juice to your Gin and Ginger to transform it into a Leap Frog.

Make it a mocktail!

You can ditch the actual gin for some Seedlips, this is a lovely and refreshing non-alcoholic beverage with some nice gin-like qualities.

What the official name of the Gin and Ginger?

Who really knows. It might be called a Gin Buck if you like to garnish your Gin and Ginger with a lemon wedge. If you want to toss some lemon juice in your fantastic cocktail, it’s now possibly called a Leap Frog. Lime juice added to your Gin and Ginger gives you a Dragonfly.

Gin an ginger cocktail pin
Gin and ginger cocktail pin