What To Mix With Gin for an Easy Cocktail

The flavor of gin is incomparable to any other type of liquor; it has a smooth, silky texture with pops of juniper and citrus flavors.

Gin and tonic with cucumber hearts

Many people overlook gin when creating cocktails, as vodka always seems to steal the show, but gin has a lot to offer for mixology and drink options.

It’s just a matter of knowing what to mix with it for the perfect gin cocktail. 

If you’re looking for ideas to create the perfect gin cocktail to wow your guests, friends, and family, take a look at our list of the best gin mixers.

Gin Mixers

Let’s get mixing!


Like peanut butter and jelly, it’s no secret that gin and vermouth go hand in hand, putting this mix at the top of our list of gin mixers.

The vermouth’s sweetness cuts the gin’s bold flavor rather well. Gin and vermouth mixed together are what we call a traditional gin martini, and who doesn’t love a good martini?

James Bond would certainly be proud! Check out the best gins to use in a martini.

Earl Grey Tea

This one may surprise you, but another excellent gin mixer is Earl Grey tea.

Earl Grey tea and gin combine to make a nice, relaxing cocktail, perfect for an evening at home.

Tea is typically mild in flavor, so the intense, citrusy flavor of the gin can really shine in this unique cocktail.

If you want to add a little extra zest, top it off with a lime peel or orange slice. 

Cranberry Juice

We’ve all heard of the popular cocktail Vodka Cranberry, but have you ever tried a gin and cranberry before?

Gin goes surprisingly well with the tart taste of cranberry juice. The two combine to create a gin and cranberry drink you won’t soon forget.

Try this one with a lime wedge or a splash of lemon juice for even more flavor. 


When trying to find the perfect gin mixers, lemonade is always a favorite of mine.

The tartness of the lemonade blended with the bold flavor of gin creates a nice palatable experience.

This cocktail is perfect for the summertime while lying out by the pool.

The kids can enjoy the mixer while mommy spikes the lemonade with some gin for a nice, poolside cocktail. 


Lime is another great gin mixer that often gets overlooked. Gin and lime go perfectly together, even without the tonic water.

If you’re looking for a strong drink, simply pour yourself a glass of gin and squeeze a wedge of lime into it for the perfect, simple, yet tasty cocktail. 

Soda Water

Gin and tonic are popular cocktails worldwide, and soda water is highly similar to tonic water, so it’s no surprise that this makes a great gin mixer too.

The bubbly soda water and flavorful gin go together like two peas in a pod.

Enjoy this cocktail with a fresh slice of lemon or lime to add even more flavor. 


Elderflower is a less commonly known flavor but mixes well with gin.

You can find a really nice Elderflower liquor and mix it with gin for a simple, yet refined cocktail, ideal for summer sipping.


If you’re looking for a simple gin mixer, then Coke just may be the perfect choice for you.

Gin and Coke is a cocktail that requires little to no effort to make and only gin, Coke-a-Cola, and lime juice.

Garnish with a lime wedge and you have a gin cocktail that doesn’t overpower the sweetness of the soda. 


Gin and coffee may not sound good, but trust me, it is a delicious combination.

Try this gin and honey coffee recipe, or create your own!

The coffee’s richness cuts the gin’s aromatic taste so perfectly you’ll never want to put this drink down. 

Grapefruit Juice

Another gin mixer that may surprise you is grapefruit juice.

Gin and grapefruit juice have citrusy undertones, so when combined, you get a flavor burst of tart yet refreshing taste.

This light and bright cocktail is another great choice for summer.


Bubbly Prosecco is another gin mixer that never disappoints.

The gin’s robust and aromatic flavor cuts the Prosecco’s sweet, bubbly taste.

This cocktail is a popular New Years Eve drink or one to use when you just want to celebrate. 

Pineapple Juice

As expected, pineapple juice also tatses great with gin.

Fruity, citrus flavors are always great options when finding the perfect Gin mixer, and pineapple juice is no exception.

Try this cocktail on a warm, sunny day while relaxing at the beach, or add some coconut and lime to it for a unique twist to a Malibu bay breeze cocktail. 

Bitter Lemon

Bitter lemon and gin is another tasty flavor combination that you have to try because it makes a great choice for any occasion.

This gin mixer gives you the citrusy taste you love to explore when enjoying gin. 

Tonic Water

I couldn’t create a post on the best gin mixers without including tonic water.

The classic gin and tonic cocktail stands the test of time and continues to be a gin cocktail favorite.

A gin and tonic cocktail is refreshing, light, and great for an easy cocktail that almost everybody enjoys. 

Check out our favorite gins for a gin and tonic.

Ginger Beer

Ginger beer is another phenomenal gin mixer.

The bubbly nature of the ginger beer gives the Gin an extra boost of intensity, and the bold flavor of the Gin blends well with the light taste of ginger. 

Apple Juice

Apple juice is a rather surprising addition to this list, but if you’re like me, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this combination.

Gin and apple juice are great for when you’re in a pinch and need something that is readily available but tastes great. 

Ginger Ale

Giner Ale is another gin mixer that makes for a simple, yet delightful cocktail.

A fizzy pop to the traditional cocktail that will leave you feeling refreshed.

This is the cocktail mixer for you if you need something flavorful and easy to make. 

Pink Lemonade

Finally, pink lemonade finishes off our list of the best Gin mixers.

Gin and pink lemonade blend so well together because the tart flavor of the lemonade combines perfectly with the bold, citrusy flavor of the gin.

Try this cocktail on a hot summer day while lounging with friends on the patio; nothing tastes more like summer!

Gin Mixers

  1. Vermouth
  2. Earl Grey Tea
  3. Cranberry Juice
  4. Lemonade
  5. Lime 
  6. Soda Water
  7. Elderflower 
  8. Coke
  9. Coffee 
  10. Grapefruit Juice
  11. Prosecco
  12. Pineapple Juice
  13. Bitter Lemon 
  14. Tonic Water
  15. Ginger Ale / Ginger Beer
  16. Apple Juice
  17. Ginger Ale 
  18. Pink Lemonade 

How Do You Mix Your Gin Cocktails?

Tell us what you like to mix gin with in the comments! I prefer a classic gin and tonic, but I also love gin and lemonade in the summer.

Check out our favorite gins to use in these drinks or find other cocktail ideas on our blog!

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and hospitality industry. As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.