5 Best Gin Cocktails in Metro Phoenix
It's tough to be a gin girl in a Wild West whiskey world. Although whiskey still dominates the conversation in most imbibing circles, gin does have a strong presence in the craft cocktail world, due to its unique botanical flavor. How each mixologist chooses to expand on that herbal base can range from sweet to tart to refreshing, depending on what you use, while still having more character to build on than an easily covered over vodka. It's that versatility that drink makers have come to love, and a lot of them that we asked, like us, will actually say that gin is their favorite spirit. Whether you're new to the gin game or just looking to mix it up, we have five cocktails in town that will spark your gin obsession.
Heather Hoch Fruity, spiced, and bitter all come together with gin as a base in Windsor's No. 4 cocktail.
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No. 4 at Windsor
Our first gin-tastic drink recommendation is simple and strong but with a lot of flavor character. The four-part combination of floral gin, tangy fresh grapefruit juice, spicy cardamom simple syrup, and acerbic hop bitters in the No. 4 cocktail at Windsor is so perfectly balanced that all components blend together, without one edging another out. Served over a large rock-style cube with fresh citrus in the center that reveals itself as the ice melts, the drink goes down quick so don't be surprised if you find yourself ordering another round. Lucky for you, it's only $5 during happy hour.
Virtu Starter Kit at Virtu Honest Craft
Heather Hoch A tart and sweet take on a gin martini at Virtu Honest Craft.
Virtu mixologist Clint Spotleson has been around the craft cocktail game in Phoenix for a while at Jade Bar and then Mabel's on Main. We're happy he landed at Virtu in Old Town so we can combine Chef Gio Osso's amazing plates with Spotleson's flawless drinks. Expounding on the base of a martini, the Virtu Starter kit mixes Plymouth gin, moscato vermouth, grapefuit bitters and lemon soda. The result is a clean, stirred on the rocks cocktail with delicious citrus notes.
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