I want a cocktail that is not too sweet. It can be fresh, spicy, or citrus. Can you make it with gin or mezcal?

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If you're looking for a gin-based cocktail that's not too sweet but still refreshing and intriguing, I have some excellent recommendations for you. Ranked by their rating, higher being better, these drinks cater to diverse flavor profiles while avoiding overpowering sweetness.

First, the Gimlet (4.66/5) is a timeless classic that seamlessly marries the zestiness of lime with the robust botanical notes of gin. The touch of sugar syrup balances the tart lime without making it overly sweet, making it a sophisticated and refreshing choice. Strawberry Gin Mojito (4.69/5) also offers a well-balanced profile with its combination of mint leaves, lemon juice, and fresh strawberries. While it has sweeter elements from the strawberries and sugar syrup, the addition of tonic water balances out the flavors, making it a refreshing, slightly fizzy choice. The Eastside Gimlet (4/5) offers a vibrant, fresh twist on the traditional Gimlet. The mix of cucumber and mint with the tartness of lime juice creates a cocktail that's refreshing without being overly sweet—perfect for a nuanced and invigorating experience. If you're interested in a spicy kick, the Gin Gin Mule (4.48/5) could be a standout option. This drink balances dry gin with the spice of ginger beer and a dash of Angostura Bitters, finished off with the tartness of lime juice. The result is a zesty, slightly spicy cocktail that's both lively and refreshing. Lastly, for a truly simple yet highly refreshing option, consider the Gin and Tonic with Cucumber Slices (3.67/5). This drink combines the classic gin and tonic with refreshing cucumber and mint leaves, adding a crisp garden-fresh twist without overwhelming sweetness.

These cocktails offer a range of refreshing, balanced flavors without leaning too heavily on sweetness, perfect for anyone looking for a sophisticated sip. Cheers!

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You asked: Gin or mezcal cocktails that are not too sweet, but fresh, spicy, or citrusy. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.

Strawberry gin mojito

Strawberry gin mojito is a refreshing and fruity twist on the classic mojito cocktail. This flavorful drink combines the traditional...

Mint Leaves (2), Lemon Juice (15ml), Gin (45ml), Strawberry (4), Sugar Syrup (15ml), Tonic water (Top up)

6 ingredients
4.69 / 5


The Gimlet is a classic cocktail that dates back to the early 19th century and has remained a popular choice...

Lime juice (15ml), Gin (60ml), Sugar Syrup (15ml)

3 ingredients
4.66 / 5


The Gin cocktail, a classic concoction with a sophisticated flair, stands out with its harmonious blend of ingredients that cater...

Gin (60ml), Boker's bitters (2 dashes), Sugar Syrup (5ml), Orange liqueur (10ml)

4 ingredients
4.6 / 5

Gin Gin Mule

The Gin Gin Mule is a refreshing and zesty cocktail that combines the herbal notes of dry gin with the...

Lime juice (15ml), Ginger (60ml), Sugar Syrup (7.5ml), Ginger Beer (Top up), Angostura Bitters (Dash), Dry gin (60ml)

6 ingredients
4.48 / 5

Eastside Gimlet

The Eastside Gimlet breathes a fresh twist into the classic gimlet formula, introducing a vibrant mélange of botanical and crisp...

Soda water (15ml), Dry gin (60ml), Cucumber (2 slices), Mint Leaves (8 fresh), Sugar Syrup (15ml), Lime juice (22.5ml)

6 ingredients
4 / 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 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

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 and Tonic with Cucumber Slices

The Gin and Tonic with Cucumber Slices is a refreshing twist on the classic gin and tonic, a beloved cocktail...

Mint Leaves (4), Lime (2 slices), Tonic water (200ml), Cucumber (2 slices), Dry gin (60ml)

5 ingredients
3.67 / 5

Gin Garden Martini

The Gin Garden Martini is a refreshing and botanical cocktail that marries the classic spirit of gin with the crispness...

Gin (60ml), Apple Juice (30ml), Cucumber (Half ), Elderflower Cordial (15ml)

4 ingredients
3.58 / 5


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 are some refreshing gin cocktails that are not too sweet?

Refreshing gin cocktails that are not overly sweet include the Gimlet, Gin and Tonic with Cucumber Slices, and the Eastside Gimlet, which all balance tartness and freshness.

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What is a classic gin cocktail that is not sweet?

The classic Gimlet, made with gin and lime juice, is a timeless example of a cocktail that is tart and refreshing without being too sweet.

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Can you make a spicy cocktail with gin?

Yes, a Gin Gin Mule is a great spicy option. It combines the zing of ginger beer and Angostura bitters with gin and lime juice for a lively, spicy drink.

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What makes mezcal cocktails different from gin cocktails?

Mezcal has a smoky, earthy flavor that distinguishes it from the botanical notes of gin. It pairs well with citrus and spice, creating unique and vibrant cocktails.

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Are there any gin cocktails that include cucumber as an ingredient?

Yes, gin cocktails like the Gin and Tonic with Cucumber Slices and the Eastside Gimlet leverage cucumber's fresh, crisp flavor to enhance the drink's refreshment.

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