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5 Gin Cocktails To Drink This Spring

Get spring ready! Sunnier days are on their way and to get you in the mood we’ve put together our top 5, fabulous, spring inspired gin cocktails.

Inspired by the fresh, floral or herby flavours of spring these cocktails are perfect for this time of year, with everything from edible flower garnish, to zesty spring citrus. Give one a try, or make them all, go on, you know you want to!

New to cocktail making? Check out the tips, tricks and alternatives to professional equipment at the end, all you need to get started is a pint glass and a sieve!

ELDERFLOWER AND MINT COLLINS

A Tom Collins is a classic and this twist on it, with elderflower and mint, is a little bit special! Uncle Val's Botanical Gin is soft and refreshing, perfect for the gentle, floral nature of this Collins.

Add to a tall glass:
Mint leaves and muddle (lightly press them with the back of a spoon to release flavour).
Ice, then stir thoroughly.

Add to your shaker/pint glass:
2 parts Uncle Val's Botanical Gin
1 part lemon juice
½ part elderflower cordial

Strain into the glass then top with soda water. Garnish with mint and a slice of lemon, mmmmm.

SPRING MARTINI

This seasonal twist on a classic adds in zesty pink grapefruit to bring your senses back to life after winter. No. 209 gin is perfect for a Spring Martini with it’s floral and delicate citrus notes, gentle spice and deep orange body.

Chill a Martini (or wine)* glass

Add to your shaker/pint glass:
Plenty of ice
2 parts* No. 209 Gin
1 part Dry Vermouth
½ part fresh pink grapefruit juice

Stir together then strain* into the chilled glass. Garnish with a twist of pink grapefruit peel.

THE 1776

Fresh and aromatic, The 1776 is perfect for lounging around with! Aromatic savoury tones meld beautifully with the light 987 Gin and sharp ginger ale. 987 Gin, with it’s zesty citrus and hints of aromatic herbs, adds a real layer of complexity to the classic cocktail.

Add to your shaker/pint glass:
Muddle 3 cucumber slices and 2 sprigs of mint (lightly press them with the back of a spoon to release flavour).
Dash of simple syrup (make a simple sugar syrup by mixing equal parts boiling water and sugar).
1 ½ parts* 987 Gin
½ part fresh lemon juice
Plenty of ice

Seal, shake it all about and strain into a tall (Collins)* glass. Then add a dash of ginger ale and garnish with a sprig of mint, done!

ROSE BLUSH

Simply stunning, the Rose Blush, with Orkney Johnsmas Gin, is as light and romantic as new beginnings on a spring evening. The roses, heather and mint in the gin, combine with the fresh lemon and ginger ale, to make a cocktail fit for your best gin buddy (and yourself!).

Add to a tall glass:
2 parts Orkney Johnsmas Gin
1 part Ginger ale
½ part freshly squeezed lemon juice

Then pop in crushed ice, stir and garnish with fresh or sugared rose petals (all roses are edible) and fresh lemon zest.

MAKING SUGARED ROSE PETALS
If you love going all out give this a go, it only takes 5-10 mins and they last for up to 12 months, so you can impress people all year round!

INGREDIENTS AND METHOD
1 Egg white
50g Granulated sugar
Rose petals (rinse and pat dry with kitchen roll)

Whip the egg white until frothy. Take 1 petal, dip into the egg white and then the sugar (both sides). Pop on greaseproof baking paper to dry and repeat. Let the petals air dry for at least 3-4 hours - that’s it! Now you’re ready to make a gorgeous looking G&T. Put any leftover petals into a tupperware container for up to 12 months.

VIOLET FIZZ

Spring is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings but there's nothing wrong with a touch of nostalgia either! Zymurgorium's Sweet Violet Gin Liqueur tastes very much like parma violet sweets but with the added benefit of gin!

Add to your shaker/pint glass:
Plenty of ice
2 parts Zymurgorium Sweet Violet Gin Liqueur
½ part fresh lemon juice (approx. 1 lemon)

Stir together then strain into an ice filled tall glass. Top with prosecco and garnish with a Viola or Pansy.

 i. Parts made simple. Just stick to the ratios, so if you are making a jug ¼ of the jug could be 1 part, ½ the jug 2 parts. For 1 cocktail, 1 part would be approx 25ml and a dash 5ml, if you are making 2 cocktails, 1 part would be approx 50ml and so on - experiment and give it a try.

ii. If you don’t have a cocktail set you can shake the ingredients together in a pint glass using your hand or anything flat to seal the top and then strain through a sieve.

iii. If you don’t have a martini glass you can always use a wine glass.

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