Gin Daisy Recipe

This icy-cold sour is bright and tart, with delicate herbal and berry flavors and a pale pink color.

Maggie Hoffman

A Daisy cocktail is essentially an icy-cold sour with soda water added; the base could be pretty much any spirit. It's often served in a Julep cup, though it's not as straight-up boozy as a classic Julep.

We particularly like a Daisy made with rich Old Tom gin and high-quality grenadine, such as the one from Small Hand Foods. The resulting drink is bright and tart, with delicate herbal and berry flavors and a pale pink color.

Why this Recipe Works:

  • Old Tom gin adds a little richness and a touch of essential sweetness to the lemon-heavy drink.
  • Adding the seltzer to the shaker after shaking ensures that you won't end up with seltzer on top and all the booze in the bottom of your glass.

Note: Even though Old Tom gin tends to have some sweetness, this drink needs a bit of simple syrup to round off the tartness of the lemon. If you like your drinks on the sweeter side, you may want to taste and bump the quantity up to 1 teaspoon. To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Recipe Details

Gin Daisy Recipe

Total 5 mins
Serves 1 serving

This icy-cold sour is bright and tart, with delicate herbal and berry flavors and a pale pink color.


  • 2 ounces Old Tom Gin

  • 1 ounce lemon juice, from 1 lemon

  • 1 teaspoon grenadine, such as Small Hand Foods

  • 1/2 teaspoon simple syrup (see note)

  • Cracked ice

  • 4 ounces chilled seltzer

  • Mint sprig and assorted berries, for garnish


  1. Add Old Tom gin, lemon, grenadine, and simple syrup to cocktail shaker and fill 2/3 full with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Add seltzer to shaker and stir very gently to mix.

  2. Fill a julep cup or rocks glass with cracked ice. Strain cocktail into cup. Garnish with mint and berries and serve immediately.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
159 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 159
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 12mg 59%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 36mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)