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The Ad Gefrin Guide To Gin Garnish

30th January 2024

No matter the season or the weather, there is a gin drink to suit every time of year and occasion. From sipping a refreshing gin and tonic in the summer months, enjoying a celebratory gin cocktail with friends to bring in the new year, or a warming gin mixer for cosying down with at home in the colder months, there is a gin drink for every palate to savour.

But for those that are new to drinking spirits and gin, you may be wondering what is the best garnish for gin? And if you are looking to enjoy the classic gin and tonic, what is the best garnish for gin and tonic? 

Discover Ad Gefrin’s guide on how to garnish gin.

Types of Gin Garnish


Gin is often paired with citrus flavours for an easy, tangy and refreshing flavour, including lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit twists. 

Herbs, Leaves and Seeds 

Traditional gin garnishes include herbs, leaves and seeds, providing aromatic, herbal, woody, and slightly spicy flavours. Favourites amongst gin drinkers include, basil leaves, sprigs of mint, rosemary, thyme, lavender, as well as coriander leaves and cardamon pods and black peppercorns. 

Fruit and Vegetables

Amongst gin enthusiasts classic pairings of gin with tangy and sweet fruits are a firm favourite, including raspberries, blackberries, juniper berries, apple, and pear slices. For those seeking a more refreshing and earthy taste, gin can be paired with cucumber, ginger, and celery. 

The Best Gin Garnish For Your Gin Drinks

So you now have some gin garnish ideas, but which flavours suit you best and which garnishes are used to make which gin drinks and cocktails?

Here is a round up of some of the easiest gin drinks to make with garnishes you can find easily at your local food shop. 

Classic Gin and Tonic

Garnish: Lemon or Lime

To make a classic gin and tonic you will need the zesty oils from lemon or lime citrus peels, which will add a burst of freshness to your drink, balancing the gin's botanical notes. 

The Negroni

Garnish: Orange and Rosemary

To create the timeless Negroni, you will need an orange twist, providing a sweet taste to complement the bold flavours of gin, vermouth, and campari in a Negroni. To cut through the sweet and bold tastes of orange and gin, add a fresh sprig of rosemary, which will bring a herbal aroma to this classic cocktail.

Gin Martini

Garnish: Olive or Lemon Twist

To create a Gin Martini you can either go for a savoury twist, or a refreshing and citrus flavour. Green olives are used to create a clean and crisp taste, whilst lemon peel twist provides a subtle citrus balance to the gin and vermouth used within this timeless cocktail. 

Gin Fizz

Garnish: Fresh Berries and Mint

To make a gin fizz, a gin cocktail known for its versatility that can be enjoyed throughout the year, you’ll need fresh berries and sprigs of mint. You can choose raspberries, blackberries or strawberries depending on your taste, to give your gin fizz a fruity burst of flavour. This will be complimented by the refreshing taste of fresh mint leaves. 

Tom Collins

Garnish: Cucumber Slices and Thyme

A Tom Collins gin cocktail is a classic in any bar tenders repertoire, and is an easy cocktail for you to make at home. All you will need is some cucumber slices and some sprigs of thyme. Alongside gin, the cucumber slices will add a cool and refreshing taste, whilst the thyme will provide earthy aromas that will match well with the botanicals in the gin. 

Gin Buck

Garnish: Ginger and Lemon Wedge

To create this spicy and citrus gin cocktail, you will need ginger slices and lemon wedges. Mixed with the gin, the ginger will add an invigorating kick, while the burst of citrus from the lemon wedge will balance out the fiery heat of the ginger. 

Garnish For Ad Gefrin’s Thirlings Dry Gin

Ad Gefrin's Thirlings Dry Gin is a testament to the rich history and natural beauty of Northumberland. 

Ad Gefrin’s Thirlings Dry Gin, made in our on site distillery, is a masterful blend of the different flavours and landscapes of Northumberland, featuring tastes derived from the Cheviot hills, including heather and pine, combined with rural hedgerow elderberry and dill, as well as coastal Irish moss and sea buckthorn. 

This gin seamlessly merges the different flavours that grow within Northumberland’s varied and rugged landscape. 

“The idea of our chosen garnish for Thirlings Dry Gin is to enhance the flavours already present in the drink. Lemon peel to embellish the citrus peels and sea buckthorn in the botanical recipe, rosemary to compliment the overall floral and herbaceous flavours presented in our Thirlings Dry Gin, despite rosemary itself not being part of our recipe.” - Jordan, Ad Gefrin Distillery Team

To enhance the rich taste of Thirlings Dry Gin, we recommend garnishing your Thirlings Dry Gin drink with a twist of fresh lemon peel and a sprig of rosemary for a classic and refreshing taste, allowing the botanical notes to shine, creating a delightful balance of flavours. 

The complex and varied flavours of Ad Gefrin’s Thirlings Dry Gin, also allow you to personalise your drink with your own choice of gin garnish. Use our guide to help inspire you with gin garnish ideas, and create your own cocktail masterpiece, from adding citrus flavours with lemon or lime, a fruity taste with berries and apple slices, or a fiery kick with root of ginger, there is something for everyone to savour within their Ad Gefrin Thirlings Dry Gin drink. 

Shop our Thirlings Dry Gin online, at our shop or at one of our local stockists, and pick up a bottle for yourself or loved ones to enjoy. Need more ideas on the best tipples to enjoy throughout the year or for tips on how to taste gin like an expert, take a look at our archive for more inspiration

Thinking about using Thirlings Dry Gin in your cooking at home? Take a look at our easy gin cake recipes for the ultimate inspiration. 

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