What Kind of Juice Goes With Gin & Juice?

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Gin and juice is a simple, but refreshing drink made with gin and several different kinds of fruit juice. The drink was brought to America's attention by Snoop Dogg's hit 1994 single "Gin and Juice." Although the core recipe remains popular, changing the juices in a gin and juice drink can create new and interesting flavors.

The Classic

  • A traditional gin and juice consists of two parts gin to two parts grapefruit juice and three parts orange juice. The resulting mixture is shaken to blend the juices, then served over ice in a highball glass. Finally, the bartender squeezes a wedge of lime into the drink, then drops the wedge into it. The blend of citrus flavors in this drink gives it both sweetness and a refreshing tang.

Keeping it Simple

  • Some mixers prefer to create the simplest possible combination, mixing only gin and orange juice. This is often done with fruitier gins, which can have a subtle hint of grapefruit flavor already. Five parts orange juice to two parts gin is the usual ratio. Unlike its classic counterpart, this drink doesn't have to be shaken, making it a good choice for parties or other events without a proper bar. A slice of fresh orange completes the presentation.

Going Further Afield

  • Although orange and grapefruit juice are the classic mixers in a gin and juice, they aren't the only possibilities. The flavor of gin blends well with fruit juices, so bartenders can experiment with different combinations. Lemon juice features in gin-based cocktails like the Casino Royale, Sidecar and Tom Collins, although usually in small quantities. Adding lemon juice to a gin and juice will give it a pleasing hint of sourness.

Exotic Options

  • Although citrus juices are traditional in a gin and juice, there's no reason not to experiment with more exotic flavor combinations. Pineapple and passion fruit juices also mix well with gin, creating a gin and juice drink that is much sweeter and more punch-like than the tart original. Garnish with a chunk of pineapple for a tropical appearance.

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