A Gin for All Seasons

Don't put that gin on the back shelf just yet; enjoy an autumn cocktail with the juniper spirit

The Will-o'-the-Wisp cocktail, a fall gin drink.

We know it’s officially summer when we start craving a refreshing gin and tonic on a hot and sunny afternoon. But even though it’s now fall and the weather is crisp and the daylight is growing shorter, you don’t have to banish the juniper-infused spirit to the back of your liquor cabinet.

In fact, just as Scotch can be great on a warm day, so too can gin be the base of a delicious autumnal concoction. Its array of botanicals nicely complement fall staples like apples and baking spices.

So we asked all-star bartender Jim Ryan, who was named American brand ambassador of the year at this past summer’s Tales of the Cocktail convention for his work with Hendrick’s Gin, for two of his favorite seasonal recipes to fix on a cool evening.

Try making his Will-o’-the-Wisp (pictured above), which calls for gin, Chartreuse, and a pear lambic-tarragon syrup. "This drink is long, complex and plays peculiarly well into cooler-weather flavors," says Ryan.

And when the weather turns colder still, whip up his toasty Greetings and Salutations Punch that features a range of fortifying ingredients. "Citrus, dried fruits, mulling spices, and beautiful gin," says Ryan. "This warm tipple would be exactly what I’d want to sip after an afternoon of snowball-tossing with my buddies." We couldn’t agree more.

Click here for the Will-o'-the-Wisp recipe. 


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