These Ginger Infused Gin Cocktails are easy to whip up and the perfect cocktail gift to surprise your friends this holiday.
With the holidays usually comes a little bit of gifting anxiety.
I, Colleen absolutely love to give just about everybody on my 21+ list some sort of homemade alcohol infusion.
There’s something particularly merry about bringing a bottle of cheer to the door of your friend or relative this time of year.
A bottle of wine is as easy to grab as a drug store card.
But for that exact reason, it isn’t exactly the ace of the gifting playbook.
Gifts that involve just a touch of DIY are, in my opinion, the very best. They sometimes get a bad rap.
And let’s be honest, we’ve all received a #pinterestfail or two in our time.
But in my experience, that’s totally undeserved.
This particular DIY involves very little work (like insanely little, see below) for huge payoff.
Ginger and cardamom are the perfect complement to gin’s citrusy, spicy, floral profile, bringing a spirit often underutilized in the winter months very much into the holiday flavor family.
3 Ingredient Cocktail | Ingredients Needed to Make Ginger Infused Gin
Also, a little shout out here to infused booze in general.
It is EASY AS SIN, and you should try it even if you don’t gift it.
We’re talking a three ingredient recipe that doesn’t involve heating, freezing, or even stirring.
You just put things in a bottle and take them out later. That’s truly it.
To make ginger infused gin, you’ll need:
— Gin — I prefer something floral or citrusy and not juniper-forward for this recipe.
— Cardamom pods
How to Make a Ginger Infused Gin Cocktail
Time does all the heavy lifting here, so you need to start these at least a week in advance.
Best get moving now, ’cause you’re gonna want to drink this Ginger Cardamom Infused Gin all season long!
Recipe Notes and Tips
Can you substitute the gin?
This recipe is also great with vodka. I know many people out there have a thing against gin. So vodka can be a safer bet when you don’t know your giftee’s preferences.
You can scale the recipe up or down. Just double the ingredients for a 1.5L handle, etc. depending on how many you want to gift and how big your gifting vessels are.
You can also put them in little one cup mason jars as party favors or gift someone an entire 750ml bottle’s worth. Lucky them!
Decorating Cocktail Gift Jars
I used my Cricut to make vinyl labels for my mason jars.
But you can be as ambitious or unambitious as you want to!
Stores like Target and Paper Source have adorable pre-made labels that would make this project even easier.
More Fun Cocktail Recipes to Try
Anyone else out there tried their own infusions?
It’s such an easy way to add pure flavor to a drink, especially for recipes like martinis and Manhattans that don’t call for citrus or sweeteners (my usual go-to place for adding flavor).
You can infuse pretty much anything in alcohol.
Just make sure you test the flavor every day if you aren’t following a recipe. Some things only need a day or two, and others take weeks!
For more easy cocktail recipes, check out a few of our favorites —
- Whiskey Ice Sphere Cocktail Recipe That Will Surely Impress Your Guests
- The Best Whiskey Dreamsicle Cocktail Recipe
- White Chocolate Candy Cane Cocktail Recipe
- Spring Fling Cocktail Recipe
- Slushy Coconut Mint Margarita Cocktail
Ginger Cardamom Infused Gin Recipe
- Mesh strainer
- 750 ml gin
- 15 cardamom pods lightly crushed
- 1 knot fresh ginger about a 1" by 4" piece, peeled and thinly sliced
- You can scale the recipe up or down. Just double the ingredients for a 1.5L handle, etc. depending on how many you want to gift and how big your gifting vessels are.
- You can also put them in little one cup mason jars as party favors or gift someone an entire 750ml bottle's worth. Lucky them!
- Combine all the ingredients in a sealable container and give it a shake.
- Leave it in a cool dark place for 1 week and give it a shake everyday.
- Strain out the cardamom and ginger through two layers of cheesecloth.
- Transfer gin into gifting vessels.
Don’t forget to share your Ginger Infused Gin cocktail with us on Instagram using the hashtag #sugarandclothloves. We always love seeing all of your creations! Looking for more quick and delicious recipes? You can find them all right here with a few bites to go along with them!