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Space Gin Smash

Space Gin Smash cocktail in a rocks glass over cracked ice, with green apple, green grape and mint garnishes
Image: / Tim Nusog

Gin cocktails are a canvas for experimentation. The dry, juniper-laced spirit pairs well with a variety of ingredients, from vermouth and other fortified wines to citrus, herbs and myriad liqueurs. You can keep your gin drinks classic (think the Dry Martini and Gimlet) or take them in a unique direction, combining a diverse set of flavors, textures and techniques. The Space Gin Smash falls somewhere in between the extremes, utilizing London dry gin, lemon, green grapes, green apple and mint, plus a dash of simple syrup to tie everything together. Consider it an improvement to the usual fruit salad.

The Space Gin Space is an original concoction from British bartender and gin aficionado Angus Winchester, who likes to mix this comforting, fruit-filled cocktail on rainy days. He begins by muddling the mint, grapes, apple, lemon and simple syrup in a shaker. This releases the juices and oils from the fruit and herbs, creating a flavorful base for what comes next. And what comes next is adding the gin, shaking it all with ice and pouring yourself a glass of this refreshing treat. Rainy day or not, the Space Gin Smash is a great way to pass the time.


  • 6 mint leaves

  • 2 seedless green grapes

  • 1 green apple slice

  • 1 lemon wedge

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup

  • 1 1/4 ounces Tanqueray gin

  • Garnish: apple slice fan

  • Garnish: mint sprig

  • Garnish: green grape


  1. In a shaker, muddle the mint, grapes, apple, lemon and simple syrup.

  2. Add the gin, fill with ice, and shake until well-chilled.

  3. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh cracked ice.

  4. Garnish with an apple fan, a mint sprig and a grape.

Apple Fan

Stand an apple upright, and cut a chunk from the side, being careful to avoid the core and seeds. Lie the apple chunk face down, then halve it so that the apple flesh is exposed. Cut three thin slices from the exposed side. Place the apple pieces together, pierce them with a cocktail pick about one third of the way from the bottom. Then fan them out and place in your drink, resting the cocktail pick on the rim of the glass.