April Shower Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The April Shower cocktail is a delightful springtime concoction that's as refreshing as the season itself. It's a relatively modern addition to the cocktail scene, often enjoyed by those who appreciate a balance between the botanical notes of gin and the tartness of fresh citrus.

  • Origin: The exact origin of the April Shower cocktail is not well-documented, but it seems to have gained popularity in the 21st century.
  • Popularity: This drink is particularly favored during the spring months, as its name suggests, and is a hit at garden parties and brunches.
  • Audience: It's perfect for gin enthusiasts and those who prefer a drink that's not overly sweet but still has a complexity of flavor.

How April Shower Tastes?

The April Shower cocktail offers a harmonious blend of botanical, tart, and slightly sweet flavors. The gin provides a floral and herbal base, while the fresh lemon juice adds a zesty sourness that awakens the palate. The agave nectar rounds out the sharpness with its subtle sweetness, and the ruby red grapefruit juice brings a tangy yet sweet profile, making the drink both invigorating and smooth.

Interesting facts about April Shower

  • The April Shower cocktail's name is inspired by the common saying 'April showers bring May flowers,' reflecting its springtime vibe.
  • It's a versatile drink that can be easily adapted for those who prefer non-alcoholic versions by substituting the gin with a non-alcoholic spirit or seedlip.
  • The optional edible flower garnish not only adds a touch of elegance but can also complement the botanical notes of the gin if chosen wisely.


  • Gin: 3 oz(90ml)
  • Lemon juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Agave nectar: 1.5tbsp
  • Ruby red grapefruit juice: 6 oz(180ml)
  • Edible flowers: Optional

A few good options for April Shower are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin is the backbone of many cocktails and here it provides a complex botanical baseline. At 3oz, it's just the right amount to mingle with the other ingredients without making the drink too boozy. If you skimp on gin, you risk a limp cocktail, but overpour and you might overshadow the delicate citrus. No gin, no grin! Alternatives: Try using vodka for a milder, less botanical taste.

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Lemon Juice

The 1oz lemon juice is crucial for that lip-puckering zesty brightness. Too little, and the drink becomes cloyingly sweet; too much, and you're essentially sipping on citrus squeeze. Lemon's absence would be like a garden without flowers! Alternatives: Lime juice could pinch-hit for a zippier tang.

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Agave Nectar

Agave's role is to balance the tartness with its 1.5 tbsp of sweetness. Too scant and your cheeks might cave in from the sour; too generous and it's syrup city. Leaving it out is like attending a party without your plus one. Alternatives: Simple syrup or honey can step in, but expect a heavier or earthier sweetness.

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Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice

The 6oz of this vibrant juice gives the cocktail its signature color and a fruity punch. Less juice, you miss out on the ‘shower’; more, and you may as well be at a juice bar. Without it, you're just left with a rather plain April. Alternatives: Regular grapefruit juice works but will yield a slightly less sweet edge.

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Edible Flowers

These are the pièce de résistance, the optional flourish festooning your drink. They add no taste but speak volumes for presentation. Forgoing them is fine but expect less ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ at your cocktail reveal. Alternatives: A twist of citrus peel or a sprig of mint could offer a more aromatic garnish.

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Recipe. How to make April Shower Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Add 3 ounces of gin, 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice, 1 1/2 tablespoons of agave nectar, and 6 ounces of ruby red grapefruit juice to the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  4. Strain the mixture into a coupe or martini glass.
  5. Optionally, garnish with edible flowers.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the Glass: Before serving, chill your coupe or martini glass to keep the cocktail cool longer.
  • Fresh Juice: Always use fresh lemon and grapefruit juice for the best flavor.
  • Balance: Adjust the amount of agave nectar based on the tartness of your grapefruit juice and your personal sweetness preference.

Perfect Pairings

Cheese & Crackers

Pair the April Shower with mild and creamy cheeses such as Brie or Camembert which will complement the cocktail's tartness without overpowering the delicate floral notes.


Light seafood dishes, particularly those with a citrus dressing or garnish, will echo the fresh, zesty flavors of the cocktail.


Opt for a fresh green salad with vinaigrette dressing to enhance the tanginess of the lemon and grapefruit juices in the cocktail.

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What you could change in April Shower

  • Gin: If you're out of gin, try using vodka for a cleaner taste or a floral non-alcoholic spirit for a mocktail version.
  • Agave Nectar: Honey or simple syrup can be used as a substitute, though they may alter the flavor profile slightly.
  • Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice: Regular grapefruit juice can work, but the cocktail will lack the characteristic pink hue.

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In case you forgot basics how to make April Shower

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

Learn everything on how to strain

Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on April Shower

Can I use a different type of gin for the April Shower cocktail?

Yes, the type of gin can vary based on your preference. You might choose a dry gin for a more traditional taste or a contemporary gin with unique botanicals to add a different twist to the cocktail.

What kind of glass should be used for serving the April Shower?

Traditionally, the April Shower is served in a coupe or martini glass. However, you can also present it in a highball or rocks glass if desired.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

To make a non-alcoholic version, replace the gin with a non-alcoholic spirit or simply increase the amounts of the other non-alcoholic ingredients to maintain the balance of flavors.

What is the best time of year to enjoy an April Shower cocktail?

While perfect for the springtime, the April Shower cocktail can be relished year-round. Its refreshing qualities make it a great choice for warm weather and its citrus notes can brighten up any winter gathering.

How should I select a grapefruit for making fresh juice?

Choose a grapefruit that feels heavy for its size, as it usually indicates more juice. A slight give when you press the skin suggests ripeness, but avoid those with soft spots.

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