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Forest Sprite

forest sprite cocktail
Image: / Tim Nusog

This whimsical pine-laced gin cocktail tastes like someone folded up the forest floor and put it in a glass. Using a floral juniper-forward gin works well with heavy pine syrup, which you can make yourself by harvesting new fronds from that tree outside. Drink this after tromping through the woods, by the fire or whenever you want a winter drink that's also refreshing.

This recipe originally appeared as part of “6 Gin Drinks Perfect for Sipping by the Fireplace.”



  1. Add all ingredients except the seltzer into a mixing glass with ice and stir well.

  2. Strain into a Collins glass over ice.

  3. Top with the seltzer and bitters.

  4. Garnish with a lemon twist and pine sprig.

  5. *Pine syrup: In a medium pot, add 1/4 cup roughly chopped conifer tips to 1 cup boiling water and 1 cup granulated sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves, remove heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Strain into a sealable container and refrigerate. Good for up to 2 weeks.