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Snap Pea Gin and Tonic – Pea Cocktail

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Last Updated on June 8, 2023 by Leah Hall

A spring twist on the classic Gin & Tonic! Snap pea simple syrup added in to this pea cocktail!


One of our favorite things about spring is the reopening of the Omaha Farmer’s Market and the return of all sorts of good produce to our kitchen! We love heading down to the market and checking out the crisp greens, young radishes, rhubarb and fresh herbs that the various stands offer. We had loaded up on fresh greens for making salads, of course! That was when we were heading home when we noticed one stand selling fresh spring snap peas.


Snap Pea Gin and Tonic

Our boys love snap peas (every time we have tried to grow them in our garden, we never seem to have any that make it to our table as they get eaten as fast as they grow!) so we had to grab some to take home with us.


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Snap Pin Gin and Tonic Cocktail in glass. Snap peas on cocktail pick. Jigger, flowers, juicer and bottle in background

Having fresh spring snap peas in the house inspired us to experiment with a flavor combination we have wanted to play with for a long time, snap pea and gin! How cool to get your serving of vegetables and booze in one easy drink?


A Snap Pea Cocktail?

We are always looking for good cocktails to drink on the deck by our pool! Since snap peas are so wonderfully spring and summery, we wanted to come up with a cocktail or two that would feature the springy green flavor of the snap pea!

Gin and Tonic Cocktail in wine glass. Snap peas on cocktail pick. Juicer and flowers in background

Snap peas are one of those vegetables that a lot of people only think about using in a stir fry or fresh salad. To be honest, that is what we usually think too, but the snap pea can also be wonderfully sweet and green, making them quite the treat. That sweet green makes the snap pea a great ingredient to mix into cocktails as herb flavors are favorites for the complexity they can bring to a drink.


We used the snap peas to make a simple syrup. The syrup pulls out the sweet of the pea while also enhancing the herbaceous quality of the snap pea.


How did We Use the Snap Peas?

To keep the freshness of the snap peas in the syrup, we chopped the peas and then just brought the syrup and peas up to a boil then pulled it off the heat and allowed it to steep until cool. This technique allowed the syrup to capture the fresh sweet green flavor of the snap pea, with out getting the bitterness that can occur when a snap pea is over cooked.

Plus the syrup ends up clear, which makes this syrup kind of sneaky. It’s full of green freshness, but without the green color!

Gin and tonic, snap peas on cocktail pick. Juicer in background

Stemless Wine Glasses / Garnish Picks / Juicer (ours is vintage!)

Since we wanted a light springy drink and wanted to bring out a little more of that herbaceous flavor, so we went with the spirit that hits both of those qualities, gin. Gin is one of our favorite summer spirits, crisp and full of botanicals and bright citrus that can be light and refreshing on warm days, too.


What Ingredients are Needed for the Snap Pea Gin and Tonic?

  • Snap Pea Syrup
    • Sugar
    • Water
    • Snap Peas
  • Snap Pea Gin and Tonic
    • Gin
    • Tonic Water
    • Cucumber
    • Snap Pea Syrup


We have been really into mixing different flavors into the classic gin and tonic this spring, making a Strawberry Limeade Gin and Tonic or a Mountain Pine Gin and Tonic! It seemed like a natural direction to start out with for our snap pea syrup.


We liked the way the tonic pulled out the green notes of the snap pea while adding a cool effervescence to the drink. A thin slice of cucumber further enhances the green garden feel of the cocktail, complimenting the sweetness of the snap pea and the bright citrus of the gin. This pea cocktail feels like sipping spring in a glass!




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Snap Pin Gin and Tonic Cocktail in glass with cucumber slice and pea on cocktail pick. Jigger, flowers, juicer and bottle behind
Yield: 1

Snap Pea Gin and Tonic

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

A light, snap pea flavored gin and tonic.


Snap Pea Gin & Tonic

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce snap pea syrup
  • 4 ounce tonic water
  • 1 thin slice of cucumber

Snap Pea Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup snap peas, chopped
  • 1 cup sugar


For the Snap Pea Gin and Tonic

Add in gin, snap pea syrup and ice to the glass.

Top with tonic.

Garnish with the cucumber and a snap pea.

For the Snap Pea Syrup

Chop the peas into pieces.

Add sugar and water to a saucepan.

Add chopped peas.

Bring water to a boil.

Allow to boil for a minute, remove from heat.

Allow peas to steep for 30 minutes.

Strain and discard the peas, retaining the syrup.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 35mgCarbohydrates: 33.8gFiber: 0gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g

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Monday 26th of February 2018

About to try this syrup in the morning! Did you use the whole snap pea pod, or just the peas from inside? I read another attempt somewhere and they said their syrup came out bright green!

The 'Noms.

Thursday 8th of March 2018

Hope you try this out, we loved how fresh it was. We actually used a combo of whole pea pods and I cut up like 2-3 pea pods. If you add them after the water is boiling it shouldn't change color, ours was clear.

Sasha @ Eat Love Eat

Friday 26th of May 2017

What a cool idea! Bet this tastes so fresh and green. It reminds me of an old TV show we had over here in the UK called 'The Good Life' (so funny if you ever get to watch it!) where they made their own pea pod burgundy :)


Tuesday 16th of May 2017

How lovely! Gin and Tonic is my favorite cocktail and I love new ideas to add a fun twist. And the Omaha Farmer's Market is amazing! I lived in Omaha for several months last year and lived just down the road from the one in Aksarben Village and loved going every week. :)

The 'Noms.

Saturday 20th of May 2017

Thanks so much, G&T's are a favorite, so we are always looking for a way to spice it up! That's so awesome that you were here in Omaha, we love the Aksarben one, too!


Tuesday 16th of May 2017

i'm not much of a drinker but when i do i really like gin and tonic...what a fun twist on a refreshing summer drink (:

The 'Noms.

Saturday 20th of May 2017

We love them too, and sometimes it's just fun to have a twist! Cheers!


Monday 15th of May 2017

What an interesting idea! Veggies don't often make appearances in cocktails. This looks and sounds so refreshing!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 20th of May 2017

Thanks! We love to use veggies a lot, they are so unthought of in cocktails! Cheers!

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