Try an orange gin and tonic with cinnamon for a fall twist on a classic cocktail. Sweet naval orange slices, spicy cinnamon stick, and star anise pair so well with the botanicals of gin and the bitter notes of tonic water. 

Orange gin and tonic in a highball glass garnished with orange, star anise, and cinnamon.

If you’re a gin and tonic person, you’re going to love this fall twist on your favorite drink. Don’t worry, it’s not sickly sweet, fruity, or cloying. This is still a basic G &T recipe but instead of lime slices, we’re making it with orange slices. 

But that’s not all! Plop in a cinnamon stick and a whole star anise.  The whole spice gives the drink a warm sweet aroma while sipping. It may surprise you how much excitement it adds.

This orange gin and tonic is really outstanding! Pretty, too, don’t you think?

Overhead view of gin cocktail with an orange slice, cinnamon stick and star anise.

About this orange gin and tonic:

For the basics of a gin and tonic, refer to this classic gin and tonic recipe.

Just a quick rundown: Use a tall highball glass (as pictured) such as a Tom Collins glass. A stemmed globe glass would really showcase this drink, too. 

Buy a good quality Indian tonic water like Fever Tree. Small bottles are best because there’s nothing worse than leftover flat tonic water. Yuck!

Use your favorite brand of gin. Try a London dry gin, such as Tanqueray, Plymouth gin, or a new wave gin, such as Hendrick’s. Each of them has unique characteristics. The London will give you a strong juniper flavor, Plymouth leans more toward the florals, and Hendrick’s goes for a more spa-like flavor with cucumber. 

Small batch local distilleries are fun to visit, too, especially if they have tasting rooms. They may have a recommendation for the perfect gin to try for this drink.

Have plenty of fresh ice ready, crushed, nuggets, or cubes, whichever you like best.

Straight-on view of two highball glasses filled with nugget ice, orange slices, cinnamon stick, star anise, gin and indian tonic water.

What’s in an orange gin and tonic?

  • Gin
  • Tonic water
  • Orange slices (try blood orange for a beautiful drink)
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Star anise
  • Lots of ice

Tonic being poured into a glass with ice and orange slices.

How to make this fall flavored gin & tonic your own:

  • Add a few drops of orange bitters, such as Fee Brothers West Indian Orange Bitters, to your drink.
  • Substitute a sprig of fresh rosemary for the cinnamon and anise. I love the rosemary in this Cranberry Gin and Tonic.
  • Grate a sprinkling of nutmeg on the drink instead of the star anise.
  • Substitute vodka for the gin.

A cinnamon stick being put in a cocktail in a highball glass.

Storage and Make Ahead Tips

A gin and tonic is best prepared individually right before you serve it. You can make it in about two minutes. Chill your gin, tonic water, oranges, and have plenty of fresh ice available.  

Cocktail with orange and star anise in a hand with painted nails.

Holiday splashes!

Looking for more cocktail ideas? Try one of these recipes:

 

Overhead view of a fall inspired cocktail made with orange, gin, tonic, cinnamon, star anise.

Overhead view of gin cocktail with an orange slice, cinnamon stick and star anise.

Orange Gin and Tonic with Cinnamon

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Try an orange gin and tonic with cinnamon for a fall twist on a classic cocktail. Sweet naval orange slices, spicy cinnamon stick, and star anise pair so well with the botanicals of gin and the bitter notes of tonic water. 

Ingredients

  • Ice (see note)
  • 2 orange slices
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 4 ounces Indian tonic water
  • Cinnamon stick, for garnish
  • Star anise, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Fill a highball glass about ¾ full of ice and add 2 orange slices.
  2. Pour in the gin and top with tonic water. 
  3. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and star anise.

Notes

    • I prefer to use crushed or nugget ice in gin and tonics, but regular ice cubes are fine too, just make sure there’s a lot of it!

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 cocktail
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 14gProtein: 0g

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