The Spanish G & T | photo courtesy of The Gin Room
With its botanical roots and affinity with the delicate flavors of spring, gin may well be the quintessential spirit of the season. Natasha Bahrami, owner and gin ambassador at The Gin Room, describes that moment when spring gives its first hints: “The cravings begin for light, bright citrus cocktails infused with seasonal notes of fruit and herbs from the local farmers market.”
Ted Kilgore, proprietor and beverage director of Planter’s House, explains that gin’s versatile flavor profiles make it especially suited for a wide variety of cocktails. “You have floral ones, fruitier ones, savory ones, spicy ones, you name it.”
Grab a spot in the sunshine to sip on these cocktails busting with the essence of spring.
The Gin Room at Café Natasha
3200 South Grand Boulevard, Tower Grove
The "Spanish G & T" with Junipero gin is garnished with rose petals, star anise, Italian juniper and orange.
1000 Mississippi Avenue, Lafayette Square
The Radish Ricky | photo courtesy of Planter's House
In the "Radish Ricky," Hendricks gin’s fresh, herbal notes deliver complexity to a seemingly simplistic recipe that combines house-made radish gastrique, lime juice and club soda.
1419 Carroll Street (Lafayette Square)
The Peabody | photo courtesy of Element
For "the Peabody," cold-brewed lavender simple syrup is paired with Brokers Gin, St. Germain and lemon juice and garnished with edible sweet mace from the rooftop patio.
6665 Delmar Boulevard (The Loop)
The Deceit of Captain Shaddock | photo courtesy of Randolfi's
The "Deceit of Captain Shaddock" features Citadelle Reserve gin, Besk malört, lemon, Pierre Ferrand dry curaçao, sauvignon blanc and egg white.
Katie’s Pizza and Pasta
9568 Manchester Road, Rock Hill
Appolonia at Katie's Pizza and Pasta | Sara Graham
For "the Apollonia," Pinckney Bend gin is blended with Campari, triple sec, egg white and lemon juice.
Bailey’s Chocolate Bar
1915 Park Avenue, Lafayette Square
Touch of Grey | photo courtesy of Bailey's Chocolate Bar
For the "Touch of Grey," Brokers gin is infused with Earl Grey tea, mixed with a splash of Aperol for bite and finished with fresh mint from the garden patio.
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Bar Les Freres
7637 Wydown Boulevard, Clayton
The Aviation | photo courtesy of Bar Les Freres
The Aviation is a classic cocktail hued the colors of the sky with Citadel gin, creme de violette and lemon.
3132 South Kingshighway Boulevard, the Grove
The Subcontinental | photo courtesy of The Royale
For "the Subcontinental," Bombay Sapphire gin is shaken with Cointreau, lemon juice, cucumber juice and simple syrup.
Herbies Vintage 72
405 North Euclid Avenue, Central West End
The Gin Mill | photo courtesy of Herbies Vintage 72
Inspired by a classic negroni, the "Gin Mill" showcases cask-aged Pinckney Bend gin, Dolin blanc vermouth, Contratto Aperitivo and Regan's orange bitters.
Brasserie by Niche
4580 Laclede Avenue, Central West End
The Miel Nuage | photo courtesy of Brasserie by Niche
The "Miel Nuage" (it means "honey cloud" in French) is composed of G'Vine Floraison gin, Pineau des Charentes, Lillet Rose, lemon juice, honey syrup and egg white, garnished with Angostura bitters.
8025 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton
Paris of the Plains | photo courtesy of Parigi
In "the Paris of the Plains," Fords gin is paired with yellow chartreuse, black tea syrup, lemon juice, basil and black walnut bitters.
The Drunken Fish
1 Maryland Plaza, Central West End
Okinawa Sunset (Mama San in the background) | photo courtesy of The Drunken Fish
The tropical "Okinawa Sunset" is made of Tanqueray, fresh passion fruit purée, house-made honey syrup and cranberry juice, garnished with a sprig of rosemary.
7927 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton
Dorothy Parker's Afternoon Cooler | photo courtesy of The Libertine
"Dorothy Parker's Afternoon Cooler" combines Pinckney Bend gin, lime juice, cucumber water, St. Germain and simple syrup. It's then garnished with mint leaves and freshly cracked black pepper.
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