19th October 2017 / Gabriela Czwarnos
In 2016 Brits drank record amounts of gin; in fact, there were 40 million bottles sold (woah), which beat the sales growth of beer and even our dear friend, Prosecco!
Of course, the obvious and perfectly paired choice of a mixer is tonic water. We wouldn’t dare imagine a summer (or autumn, or winter, or spring…) in the UK without a good old G&T, accessorised with a freshly squeezed lime.
However, to spice things up a little bit and keep our relationship with gin exciting, we’ve decided to experiment and have put together five fabulous gin cocktails that don’t include tonic!
Just in time for the weekend…
35ml gin / 15ml grenadine / 150ml champagne or prosecco
Carefully pour each constituent into a glass in order to ‘layer’. You should be able to keep the syrup at the bottom, neatly separated. Serve in a flute.
Best with: Kirkjuvagr Gin, 43%
A unique blend of local botanicals from Orkney, including Ramanas Rose, Burnet Rose and Borage. Producers have also used traditional Orkney bere barley in their recipe.
40ml gin / 20ml lime juice / 20ml framboise liqueur / ginger ale to top up
Pour the gin, lime juice, and framboise into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with ginger ale, garnish with a lime wedge.
Best with: Tanqueray no. 10, 47.3%
Very subtle yet fresh aromas of grapefruit and a great blend of juniper, vanilla and lime. Slightly sweet, this combination creates a long-lasting flavour and a hint of spice at the end.
50ml gin / 7 leaves of fresh mint / 25ml sugar syrup / 50ml apple juice / 2 slices of lime
Clap the mint in your palms to release the aromas and place at the bottom of the tall glass. Add line and sugar syrup, muddle gently. Fill the glass ¾ full with crushed ice and add gin and apple juice. Add mint leaves.
Best with: Fords Gin, 45%
The mix of 9 botanicals starts with a traditional backbone base of juniper & coriander seed that’s balanced with citrus, floral (jasmine) and spice.
40ml gin / 1 nectarine / 20ml pineapple juice / 1 tsp honey
Mix all ingredients together with crushed ice in a blender. Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with a slice of lemon and fresh lemon balm leaves.
Best with: The Botanist, 46%
Rich and mellow in flavour thanks to sweet delicate menthol, apple mint, spring woodlands, juniper, coriander, lemon and orange peel, honey, coconut from gorse, wild mint and summer meadows.
45ml gin / 3 strawberries / freshly ground pepper / soda water to top up
Muddle 2 strawberries and a good twist of freshly ground black pepper, fill the glass with ice, stir in the gin and top with soda. Garnish with a strawberry.
Gin: Bloom, 40%
Enriched with a bespoke blend of honeysuckle, chamomile and pomelo botanicals, this is a perfect gin for refreshingly light and delicate cocktail.