What cocktail uses gin and soda water, but no simple syrup?

Cocktail Colin says:

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If you're looking for a gin cocktail that uses soda water and no simple syrup, the Gindian might be an excellent choice for you. This cocktail highlights the botanical notes of gin, balanced beautifully with the effervescence of soda water. The addition of a lime wedge provides a touch of citrus that enhances the overall flavor without adding any sweetness. The Gindian is served in a lowball glass, making it a straightforward and refreshing option that's perfect for a warm day or a casual gathering. With its simplicity and appealing taste, it's a drink that won’t overwhelm your palate.

Another option to consider is the Gin Rickey. This classic cocktail is a mix of lime juice, gin, and tonic water. While it traditionally calls for tonic water, you can easily substitute it with soda water to create a similar, crisp experience. The lime's zestiness and the gin's botanicals blend well to offer a refreshing drink without any added sweetness. Typically served in a highball glass, the Gin Rickey is light, tangy, and ideal for hot summer days.

Both of these cocktails are excellent choices if you prefer a gin drink that emphasizes the spirit’s natural flavors without the sweetness that comes from simple syrups.

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You asked: Gin cocktails with soda water. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.

Gin And Tonic

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2 ingredients
4.5 / 5

Vodka Rickey

The Vodka Rickey is a refreshing and effervescent cocktail that offers a crisp and slightly tangy flavor profile. A mix...

Vodka (60ml), Lime juice (15ml), Sugar Syrup (7.5ml), Soda water (Top up)

4 ingredients
4.44 / 5

Gin Fizz

Gin Fizz is a popular cocktail that originated in the United States in the late 19th century. It is a...

Lemon Juice (30ml), Gin (45ml), Soda water (Splash), Sugar Syrup (10ml)

4 ingredients
4.37 / 5

Gin Rickey

Gin Rickey is a classic cocktail that originated in the United States in the late 19th century. It is a...

Lime (Half ), Gin (60ml), Tonic water (Top up)

3 ingredients
4.35 / 5


The Gindian cocktail is a simple, refreshing drink that emphasizes the botanical notes of gin balanced with the effervescence of...

Gin (45ml), Soda water (Top up), Lime (Wedge)

3 ingredients
3.99 / 5

Gin Buck

The Gin Buck is a refreshing and zesty cocktail that has been enjoyed for many generations. It is believed to...

Lemon (30ml), Ginger Ale (Top up), Gin (30ml)

3 ingredients
3.97 / 5

Gin and Cucumber

The Gin and Cucumber cocktail is a refreshing blend that highlights the botanical qualities of gin with the cool, crisp...

Lemon Juice (30ml), Gin (60ml), Sugar Syrup (15ml), Tonic water (300ml), Cucumber (5 slices)

5 ingredients
3.84 / 5

Sloe Gin Rickey

The Sloe Gin Rickey is a refreshing cocktail that combines the tartness of lime with the unique flavor of sloe...

Lemonade (Top up), Lime Cordial (30ml), Lime (30ml), Sloe Gin (30ml)

4 ingredients
3.69 / 5

Gin and Zonic

The Gin and Zonic is a refreshing variation of the classic Gin and Tonic, a well-loved cocktail with a crisp...

Lime (Half ), Tonic water (200ml), Dry gin (60ml)

3 ingredients
3.68 / 5

Gin Twist

The Gin Twist is a refreshing cocktail that combines the classic taste of gin with the zesty notes of citrus....

Gin (30ml), Lemon-Lime soda (Top up), Blue Curaçao (15ml)

3 ingredients
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We've collated some quick fire Q&A's on the question to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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What is a common gin cocktail that uses soda water?

A common gin cocktail that uses soda water is the Gin Rickey, which includes gin, lime juice, and soda water for a refreshing drink.

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Does soda water affect the taste of gin in a cocktail?

Yes, soda water can lighten the overall drink and add a refreshing effervescence without altering the gin's botanical flavors significantly.

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Can I use tonic water instead of soda water in a gin cocktail?

Yes, you can substitute tonic water for soda water in a gin cocktail, but tonic water adds bitterness and sweetness due to its quinine content.

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What garnish goes well with a gin and soda cocktail?

Common garnishes for a gin and soda cocktail include a wedge of lime, a slice of cucumber, or a sprig of mint to enhance the freshness.

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Is a Gin Rickey low in calories?

Yes, a Gin Rickey is relatively low in calories, especially compared to other cocktails, because it uses no syrup and relies on the natural flavors of gin and lime.

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