Gin Blossom Cocktail Drink

Gin Blossom

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

Want a flavorful cocktail? Try making this Gin Blossom Cocktail recipe! It’s an easy-to-make drink filled with delightful ingredients.

Gin Blossom Cocktail Recipe

This simple Gin Blossom Cocktail recipe brings spring to life! With gin, bianco vermouth, apricot eau-de-vie, and orange bitters it's the perfect drink for the season.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

191 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Gin, preferably Plymouth
  • oz bianco Vermouth
  • ¾ oz apricot eau-de-vie
  • 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon zest twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Mixing Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Bar spoon
  • Martini or Coupe Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Martini glass or cocktail coupe with ice. Set it aside.
  • Add Bitters: Pour 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters into the mixing glass.
  • Add Apricot Eau-de-vie: Add ¾ oz apricot eau-de-vie into the stirring glass.
  • Add Vermouth: Measure and pour 1½ oz bianco Vermouth into the mixing glass.
  • Add Gin: Pour 1½ oz Gin to the mix.
  • Add Ice and Stir: Fill the mixing glass with ice. Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, stir well (for about 15-20 seconds).
  • Strain: Take your Martini glass or cocktail coupe and discard the ice. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Express the lemon zest on top of the glass. You can either discard it afterward or place it on the rim of the glass for an added citrus touch.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Plymouth Gin: If you don't have Plymouth gin on hand, you can use any other type of gin, especially London Dry gin, to make this cocktail. Just make sure to avoid Old Tom and flavored gin as they will alter the drink’s flavor profile.
  • Bianco vermouth: You can make this cocktail using any brand of white vermouth of your choice. If you can’t find any, you can use Lillet Blanc as a substitute. Dry vermouth can also be used, but it will change the overall balance and make up for a dryer drink than the original version.
  • Apricot eau de vie: You can use apricot brandy as a substitute if you can’t find any apricot eau-de-vie. However, contrarily to apricot eau-de-vie, apricot brandy is generally sweetened: depending on the brand you’ll be using, you may want to adjust the quantity so the final drink doesn’t come out as too sweet.
  • Orange bitters: If you don’t have Orange bitters on hand, you can use another type of citrus bitters (like lemon or grapefruit to make this drink).

Making a Pitcher of Gin Blossom Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 ounces of Gin, 12 ounces of bianco vermouth, 8 ounces of apricot eau-de-vie, and 16 dashes of Orange bitters.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients (start with the bitters). Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into a chilled coupe or martini glasses, and garnish with lemon twists. If you have some leftovers, keep them in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container as vermouth is prone to oxidation when kept at room temperature.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

Please keep in mind that, as the Gin Blossom cocktail is solely made out of alcoholic ingredients, it can be hard to recreate its flavor using only non-alcoholic substitutes; the overall flavor and mouthfeel will probably change greatly from the original drink.
  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute. There are several brands available that mimic the flavor of gin without the alcohol.
  • Bianco vermouth: Opt for a non-alcoholic vermouth (Martini Floreale for instance). These are usually widely available in supermarkets and liquor stores.
  • Apricot eau-de-vie: You can use apricot syrup, either homemade or store-bought. However, you’ll certainly have to lower the quantity if you don’t want to end up with an overly sweet drink. Another option could be to infuse your gin substitute with fresh apricots and then use 2 ounces of the infused gin to make the drink.
  • Orange bitters: To get the citrusy touch brought by the Orange bitter, you can slightly muddle an orange zest into the shaker/mixing glass before adding the rest of the ingredients. Also, note that 2 dashes of bitter in an otherwise alcohol-free drink won’t raise the overall ABV of the drink. The drink will indeed chemically contain a drop of alcohol, but won’t make you intoxicated at all. Depending on your reason for not drinking alcohol, this can also be a suitable option.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes in place of the regular ingredients and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it does not contain any animal products. However, always check the labels of your ingredients to ensure they are suitable for vegans. Some brands of spirits and liqueurs may use animal products in their production process.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
191
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
3
g
1
%
Sugar
 
0.3
g
0
%
Potassium
 
1
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.03
g
0
%
Iron
 
0.03
mg
0
%

 

Gin Blossom Cocktail Drink

Gin Blossom Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This simple Gin Blossom Cocktail recipe brings spring to life! With gin, bianco vermouth, apricot eau-de-vie, and orange bitters it's the perfect drink for the season.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 191

Ingredients
 

  • oz Gin - preferably Plymouth
  • oz bianco Vermouth
  • ¾ oz apricot eau-de-vie
  • 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon zest twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Mixing Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Cocktail Strainer
  • Bar spoon
  • Martini or Coupe Glass

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Martini glass or cocktail coupe with ice. Set it aside.
  • Add Bitters: Pour 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters into the mixing glass.
  • Add Apricot Eau-de-vie: Add ¾ oz apricot eau-de-vie into the stirring glass.
  • Add Vermouth: Measure and pour 1½ oz bianco Vermouth into the mixing glass.
  • Add Gin: Pour 1½ oz Gin to the mix.
  • Add Ice and Stir: Fill the mixing glass with ice. Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, stir well (for about 15-20 seconds).
  • Strain: Take your Martini glass or cocktail coupe and discard the ice. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass.
  • Garnish: Express the lemon zest on top of the glass. You can either discard it afterward or place it on the rim of the glass for an added citrus touch.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Plymouth Gin: If you don't have Plymouth gin on hand, you can use any other type of gin, especially London Dry gin, to make this cocktail. Just make sure to avoid Old Tom and flavored gin as they will alter the drink’s flavor profile.
  • Bianco vermouth: You can make this cocktail using any brand of white vermouth of your choice. If you can’t find any, you can use Lillet Blanc as a substitute. Dry vermouth can also be used, but it will change the overall balance and make up for a dryer drink than the original version.
  • Apricot eau de vie: You can use apricot brandy as a substitute if you can’t find any apricot eau-de-vie. However, contrarily to apricot eau-de-vie, apricot brandy is generally sweetened: depending on the brand you’ll be using, you may want to adjust the quantity so the final drink doesn’t come out as too sweet.
  • Orange bitters: If you don’t have Orange bitters on hand, you can use another type of citrus bitters (like lemon or grapefruit to make this drink).

Making a Pitcher of Gin Blossom Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 12 ounces of Gin, 12 ounces of bianco vermouth, 8 ounces of apricot eau-de-vie, and 16 dashes of Orange bitters.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients (start with the bitters). Add ice and stir well.
  • Serve: Strain to remove the ice, serve immediately into a chilled coupe or martini glasses, and garnish with lemon twists. If you have some leftovers, keep them in the fridge (make sure no ice cubes are left inside) in an airtight container as vermouth is prone to oxidation when kept at room temperature.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

Please keep in mind that, as the Gin Blossom cocktail is solely made out of alcoholic ingredients, it can be hard to recreate its flavor using only non-alcoholic substitutes; the overall flavor and mouthfeel will probably change greatly from the original drink.
  • Gin Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic gin substitute. There are several brands available that mimic the flavor of gin without the alcohol.
  • Bianco vermouth: Opt for a non-alcoholic vermouth (Martini Floreale for instance). These are usually widely available in supermarkets and liquor stores.
  • Apricot eau-de-vie: You can use apricot syrup, either homemade or store-bought. However, you’ll certainly have to lower the quantity if you don’t want to end up with an overly sweet drink. Another option could be to infuse your gin substitute with fresh apricots and then use 2 ounces of the infused gin to make the drink.
  • Orange bitters: To get the citrusy touch brought by the Orange bitter, you can slightly muddle an orange zest into the shaker/mixing glass before adding the rest of the ingredients. Also, note that 2 dashes of bitter in an otherwise alcohol-free drink won’t raise the overall ABV of the drink. The drink will indeed chemically contain a drop of alcohol, but won’t make you intoxicated at all. Depending on your reason for not drinking alcohol, this can also be a suitable option.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes in place of the regular ingredients and follow the original steps to enjoy a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail.

Making it Vegan:

This cocktail is already vegan-friendly as it does not contain any animal products. However, always check the labels of your ingredients to ensure they are suitable for vegans. Some brands of spirits and liqueurs may use animal products in their production process.

What is a Gin Blossom Drink?

A Gin Blossom Cocktail is a gin-based cocktail made of gin, bianco vermouth, apricot eau-de-vie, and orange bitters. This drink is a modern twist on the classic gin Martini and was created in 2009 by Julie Reiner for the opening of her Clover Club bar in Brooklyn, New York.

A side shot of a Gin Blossom cocktail in a martini glass on a yellow tray placed on a white cloth surrounded by a jigger, a bar spoon, and a white ceramic bottle

What is a Gin Blossom Drink made of – The ingredients

Get ready to make your Gin Blossom Drink with these ingredients:

  • Gin: The base spirit of the cocktail, provides a strong, juniper-forward flavor.
  • Bianco vermouth: This ingredient adds a floral, aromatic flavor to the cocktail. It’s a fortified wine that has been flavored with various botanicals.
  • Apricot eau-de-vie: This spirit made out of fermented and distilled apricots brings a hint of fruitiness to the drink without adding any sugar to the balance.
  • Orange bitters: Orange Bitters: These add a citrusy tang to the drink, enhancing its overall flavor profile and bringing more depth to the cocktail.
  • Lemon Twist for Garnish: Enhances presentation and adds a hint of fresh citrus aroma.

Gin, bianco vermouth, apricot eau-de-vie, and Angostura orange bitters laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Gin Blossom Drink?

Learn the process of crafting a Gin Blossom Drink with our detailed steps:

1
<p>Begin by filling a cocktail glass (coupe or Martini style) with ice. Set it aside.</p>

Begin by filling a cocktail glass (coupe or Martini style) with ice. Set it aside.

2
<p>Pour 2 dashes of Orange Bitters into the mixing glass.</p>

Pour 2 dashes of Orange Bitters into the mixing glass.

3
<p>Add ¾ ounces of apricot eau-de-vie. This apricot spirit will bring fruity underlying tones to the drink.</p>

Add ¾ ounces of apricot eau-de-vie. This apricot spirit will bring fruity underlying tones to the drink.

4
<p>Add 1½ ounces of bianco vermouth. This will bring floral and aromatic notes to the cocktail.</p>

Add 1½ ounces of bianco vermouth. This will bring floral and aromatic notes to the cocktail.

5
<p>Finally, add 1½ ounces of Plymouth gin into the mixing glass. </p>

Finally, add 1½ ounces of Plymouth gin into the mixing glass. 

6
<p>Fill the mixing glass with ice.</p>

Fill the mixing glass with ice.

7
<p>Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, stir well (for about 15-20 seconds).</p>

Using a bar spoon or a long stirrer, stir well (for about 15-20 seconds).

8
<p>Take your Martini glass or cocktail coupe and discard the ice. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass. This will remove the ice from the drink, preventing any further unwanted dilution to occur.</p>

Take your Martini glass or cocktail coupe and discard the ice. Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture into the chilled glass. This will remove the ice from the drink, preventing any further unwanted dilution to occur.

9
<p>To garnish, express a lemon zest on top of the glass.</p>

To garnish, express a lemon zest on top of the glass.

10
<p>Then, you can either discard it afterward or place it on the rim of the glass for an added citrus touch. Serve immediately.</p>

Then, you can either discard it afterward or place it on the rim of the glass for an added citrus touch. Serve immediately.

History and Origin of the Gin Blossom Drink

The Gin Blossom was created in 2009 by Julie Reiner, Hawai born and raised mixologist, for the opening of her Clover Club bar. She’s the owner of multiple highly influential cocktail bars in New York City, such as the Flatiron Lounge, Pegu Club, and Leyenda, and you may have seen her on Netflix’s “Drink Masters” show. 

The Gin Blossom is a modern twist on a Martini and on a Tuxedo n°2 cocktail; regarding its name, we didn’t get the opportunity to ask Reiner herself (yet), but it is probably a nod to the 90s rock band of the same name.

A Gin Blossom cocktail, shot from above, in a martini glass on a beige surface surrounded by Gin, bianco vermouth, apricot eau-de-vie, and Angostura orange bitters

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Gin Blossom Cocktail?
A standard serving of a Gin Blossom Cocktail contains approximately 150-200 calories. However, this can vary depending on the specific ingredients used and their quantities.
How strong is a Gin Blossom Cocktail?
The strength of a Gin Blossom Cocktail typically ranges around 24-27% ABV (Alcohol by Volume), which translates to 48-54 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail, but not as potent as some other classic cocktails.
What type of alcohol is used in a Gin Blossom Cocktail?
As the name suggests, the primary alcohol in a Gin Blossom Cocktail is gin, and more specifically Plymouth gin. This cocktail also requires bianco vermouth, such as Martini Bianco, as well as apricot eau-de-vie and orange bitters.
In what kind of glass is a Gin Blossom Cocktail served?
Traditionally, a Gin Blossom Cocktail is served in a chilled martini or coupe glass.
What does a Gin Blossom Cocktail taste like?
A Gin Blossom Cocktail is a dry spirit-forward cocktail that also offers an enticing blend of herbal and fruity notes.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Gin Blossom Cocktail?
The typical ratio for a Gin Blossom Cocktail is 1 part gin, 1 part bianco vermouth, and ½ part apricot eau-de-vie, with the addition of a few dashes of orange bitters.
How is a Gin Blossom Cocktail served with respect to ice?
A Gin Blossom Cocktail is usually served "up" or “neat”, meaning without ice.
Is there any specific time or occasion to enjoy a Gin Blossom Cocktail?
While there's no hard and fast rule about when to enjoy a Gin Blossom Cocktail, it makes both a great apéritif drink as well as for a subtle nightcap.

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