The two-ingredient Gin and Juice is about as laid back as cocktails come. Pour your preferred gin in a highball glass, throw in some ice, top with juice and put Snoop Dogg on the speakers. The simple formula makes the Gin and Juice ripe for reinvention, and it’s incredibly easy to put your own spin on the drink. Here are a few upgrade ideas to get you started.
Experiment with Different Fruit Juices
Orange juice is a pretty standard mixer for Gin and Juice, and grapefruit is fairly common too—but you can top off your spirit with any number of fruity juices. When Snoop taught Martha Stewart and Ellen Degeneres how to mix up a G&J, he opted for pineapple juice. You can even get adventurous with more unusual juices like blood orange or passion fruit, or combine juices to create a tropical paradise of flavor.
Pump It Up with High Proof Gin
Gin and Juice is a party drink at heart, so if you really want to get things started, make the Highball more potent with a Navy Strength gin. We especially love Plymouth Navy Strength for its relatively soft flavor, which won’t overload the juice with juniper or herbal flavors, even at 114 proof.
Add Zing with Citrus
If you’re not already using a citrus juice for your mixer (or even if you are, frankly), your Gin and Juice could benefit from the zip of lemon or lime. Start with combinations like lime and pineapple or lemon and apple, then feel free to experiment until you find your perfect pairing.
Swap the Fruit Juice for Vegetable Juice
Squeeze in another doctor recommended serving of vegetables during happy hour by switching out sugary fruit juice for savory-sweet veggie juice. Cucumber and carrot juices may not make your Gin and Juice any healthier, but we love the extra layer of flavor they add to the beverage. If you’re still cautious about vegetable juices, try mixing fruits and veggies together by combining green apple with celery or carrot with orange. Gin and Green Juice, anyone?
Layer with a Floral Liqueur
Flowers and fruit go together like—well, gin and juice. Whether you go with something light like the elderflower-flavored St-Germain, which goes well with pretty much everything, or something richer like the Tempus Fugit Liqueur de Violette, a floral liqueur will add a burst of fresh, springtime sweetness to any juice.
Make It Bittersweet with an Amaro
Take a hint from the ultimate relaxing patio drink, the Aperol Spritz, and class up your Gin and Juice with a touch of amaro. The lightly bitter and fruity flavors of Aperol or Bigallet China-China elevate the sweetness of the juice, while other amari like Amaro Nonino or Amaro Montenegro will add herbal or spice notes to evoke the gin’s botanicals.
Fizz It Up with Soda
Almost all fruity cocktails are better with some fizz. The bubbles enhance the intoxicating smells of the fruit and gin, and the airy texture makes drinking a full highball glass concerningly easy. If Gin and Juice somehow doesn’t already fill your heart with joy, a bubbly topper like soda water or tonic will chip away any lingering skepticism.
Garnish It with Herbs
A single sprig of mint, basil or tarragon may not seem like a major addition to a flavorful Gin and Juice, but the herbs add a touch of nuance that elevates the simple cocktail to craft status. Express the herbs by giving them a quick slap before you place them on the rim of you glass so the aromas really jump into your nose as you sip. We guarantee you’ll look classy AF with that pop of green at the top of your bright, fruity drink.