Springwater 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 7, 2024


The Springwater cocktail is a refreshing, light cocktail perfect for those warm spring evenings. It was first concocted in the early 20th century by a bartender who wanted to capture the essence of spring in a glass. It's a favorite among those who prefer a lighter, more refreshing cocktail.

How Springwater Cocktail Tastes?

The Springwater cocktail is a light, refreshing drink with a hint of sweetness. The citrus notes from the lemon juice balance out the sweetness of the honey, while the gin adds a subtle kick. The addition of sparkling water gives it a bubbly, refreshing finish.

Interesting facts about Springwater Cocktail

  • The Springwater cocktail was named after the refreshing feeling of spring water on a warm day.
  • It's a versatile cocktail that can be enjoyed before or after dinner.
  • The original recipe called for honey, but some bartenders prefer to use simple syrup for a smoother taste.


  • Gin: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Lemon juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Honey: 1tbsp
  • Sparkling water: Top up
  • Lemon slice: 1 for garnish

A few good options for Springwater Cocktail are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Gin, with its botanical complexity, is the soul of this cocktail. The 2oz serving is just enough to let its flavors come through without overpowering the other ingredients. Opt for less, and you may not taste it; more, and you'll drown the dance of delicate flavors.

Emma Rose

Lemon Juice

The 1oz of lemon juice is where we get our tangy pucker-up punch. It cuts through the sweetness and provides a vibrant acidity. Too little, and the drink is off-balance; too much, and you'll scrunch up your face more than a contortionist at a carnival.

Alex Green


Oh honey, you sweeten things up, but with 1tbsp you're also adding a touch of floral notes. Skip it, and you'll lose depth. If honey isn't your jam, try simple syrup, but you'll miss out on the subtle hive high-fives.

Mary Mitkina

Sparkling Water

Top it up with sparkling water for that refreshing fizz. It's like the cool breeze on a warm spring day - without it, the cocktail just sits still like a frog on a log. The amount? Let your heart be your guide. Just enough to tickle the tongue but not so much that the drink loses its boozy backbone.

Emma Rose

Lemon Slice

The garnish, a simple lemon slice, is the cocktail's bowtie. It's not just there to look pretty but also adds an aromatic accent. Forget the lemon slice, and the drink is like a suit without the tie – still good, but could be better.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Springwater Cocktail Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add the gin, lemon juice, and honey.
  3. Shake well until the honey is fully dissolved.
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top up with sparkling water.
  6. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

Pro Tips

  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to fully dissolve the honey.
  • Use fresh lemon juice for the best taste.
  • Chill your glass before serving for an extra refreshing cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platters: Specifically goat cheese or brie to contrast with the cocktail's crispness.
  • Seafood: Such as shrimp cocktails or grilled calamari, to complement the refreshing zest of lemon.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: With a light herb seasoning to pair nicely with the botanicals in the gin.
  • Salads: Particularly those with vinaigrette dressing to echo the acidic notes.


  • Lemon Bars: For a sweet and sour experience that mirrors the cocktail.
  • Sorbet: A light, fruity sorbet would cleanse the palate after the zesty drink.

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What you could change in Springwater Cocktail

  • If you don't have gin, you can substitute it with vodka.
  • If you don't have honey, you can use simple syrup or agave nectar.

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Cucumber Springwater Cocktail

Instead of a lemon slice, use thin slices of cucumber for a more garden-fresh twist. The taste will be more subtle, adding a cool, crisp element to the cocktail.


  • Gin: 2oz
  • Lemon juice: 1oz
  • Honey: 1tbsp
  • Sparkling water: Top up
  • Cucumber slices: 3-4 for garnish Recipe: Follow the original recipe but replace the lemon slice garnish with cucumber slices.

Rosemary Springwater Cocktail

Introduce a sprig of rosemary with the lemon garnish to add an herbal fragrance and flavor that complements the gin beautifully.


  • Gin: 2oz
  • Lemon juice: 1oz
  • Honey: 1tbsp
  • Sparkling water: Top up
  • Lemon slice: for garnish
  • Rosemary sprig: for garnish Recipe: Follow the original recipe but add a sprig of rosemary to the glass before topping up with sparkling water.

Spicy Springwater Cocktail

Add a small slice of jalapeno to the shaker with the gin, lemon juice, and honey to infuse a spicy kick. This will add a fiery surprise to your sip, balancing out the sweetness and tartness.


  • Gin: 2oz
  • Lemon juice: 1oz
  • Honey: 1tbsp
  • Sparkling water: Top up
  • Jalapeno slice: 1 for garnish, plus extra for shaking Recipe: Add a slice of jalapeno to the shaker with the other ingredients, and follow the original recipe. Garnish with an additional jalapeno slice.

In case you forgot basics how to make Springwater Cocktail

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.

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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 Springwater Cocktail

What type of gin is preferred for a Springwater cocktail?

While the choice of gin can be personal, many suggest using a London Dry gin for its vivid botanicals that blend well with the Springwater cocktail's refreshing theme.

Is there a specific type of honey that works best with this cocktail?

It's recommended to use a floral, light honey like clover or acacia honey. Darker honey can be overpowering and alter the taste of the cocktail.

Can this cocktail be made in a batch for parties?

Yes, you can easily make a larger batch of the cocktail. Simply multiply all the ingredients by the number of guests. However, do not add the sparkling water until you’re ready to serve to keep the cocktail crisp and bubbly.

Is there a non-alcoholic variant of the Springwater Cocktail?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version, you can replace the gin with a non-alcoholic spirit or simply skip it. The lemon, honey, and sparkling water alone make a refreshing drink.

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