Keep the drink mixing to a minimum with spirits that are highly versatile for a variety of drinks.

By Kait Hanson
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'Tis the season for holly jolly merriment, and with that comes a string of celebrations — holiday office parties, neighborhood potlucks, friendly gift exchanges, family reunions, and beyond. While each get together may involve a separate trip to the grocery store, the silver lining is that one trip to the liquor store will suffice.

Carley Gaskin, winner of United States Bartenders Guild 2018 Most Imaginative Bartender Competition, has some good news — gin is in.

"Gin is made up of endless options of botanicals which give each gin its distinctive taste and aroma. Some gins are more citrus forward, floral or fruit forward," Gaskin says. "Bombay Sapphire is, by far, my favorite gin to use with cocktails. It is the perfect balance of citrus, florals, and fruit and pairs perfectly with soda and in cocktails."

Dating back to the 17th century, this distilled floral liquor, deriving its predominant flavor from juniper berries, has the refreshing ability to adapt to a multitude of flavor profiles, making it a no-brainer for an assortment of holiday events. The hospitality guru says that the citrus-forward, light floral aromas and creamy mouthfeel of gin make it the ideal holiday tipple, because it can be paired with a variety of fruits, herbs, or even vegetables to appeal to a variety of palates.

"I like to pair flavors together that are opposite yet work well together, such as a citrus with an herb or a root vegetable with a fruit," she says. "A few examples would be grapefruit and rosemary, turmeric and mango, or carrots and bananas."

The award-winning bartender offered a simple recipe to get any holiday party started. And the name — well, maybe that insinuates there's a little something for everybody in this one.

Everybody Everybody Cocktail

  • 1.5oz Bombay Sapphire.
  • .5oz bitter (Martini Bitter, Campari or Aperol).
  • .5oz lime juice (squeeze of half lime).
  • .75oz grapefruit juice (squeeze of 1/4 grapefruit.
  • .5oz rosemary syrup*.
  • *Made by steeping two sprigs rosemary with 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water for 20 minutes.

Gaskin says that not only is gin a holiday win, this one can (and should) be enjoyed throughout the year by using the same principles of flavor pairing.

"This cocktail is perfect for every time of year," she says. "It uses fresh grapefruit juice and rosemary and is very simple to make for the holidays, but could also be enjoyed at a pool party during the summer."

Offering up a welcome cocktail? Consider a round of Cranberry-Rosemary Prosecco Floats. Other ideas to have on deck might be this Rosemary-Ginger Cocktail or a Tickled Pink Martini, which both require five ingredients or less. Still in need of a few more ways to mix things up? Get your ima-gin-ation moving with more than 100 trusted gin cocktail recipes from Allrecipes!

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