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Champagne & Gin Cocktails

Ding dong merrily on high, in December it's time for fi-zz. And gin, obviously. Here’s a selection of our favourite, sparkling gin cocktails.

Whether it’s Christmas Eve after the carols, a post-lunch digestif or a Boxing Day party, champagne and prosecco, go hand in hand with the celebratory atmosphere of the festive period. But as much as we love fizz, we love gin more. Fortunately, there are some super cocktails that blend them beautifully.

French 75

French 75An elegant classic that's easy to whip up en masse for a busy party, a French 75 is long, dry and refreshing. It’s great with a traditional, London Dry gin but to add an extra layer of complexity, use a full-bodied gin like Le Gin De Christian Drouin. A delightful, apple-based spirit with fresh green notes and a touch of spice, it adds a warm depth to the classic cocktail.

Shake together over ice:

Fine strain into a chilled champagne flute.

Top with champagne.

Garnish with a lemon twist.

Aperol Spritz

Aperol SpritzFor the perfect aperitif, take a classic Italian bitter, some sparkling wine and a healthy measure of gin, voila! An ever so slightly more boozy than usual Aperol Spritz. An Aperol Spritz without gin is delicious but adding a good, London Dry is the cherry on top. Pink 47 is the epitome of a solid London Dry - dry pine alongside sharp citrus and a gentle, background spice.

Add to an ice-filled wine glass:

  • 1 shot Pink 47

  • 1 shot Aperol

  • 1 shot prosecco

  • A splash of soda

Stir gently.

Garnish with a slice of orange.

Southside Royale

Southside RoyaleIt’s not the most well known of drinks but a Southside Royale is fresh and sharp. Lemon and mint combine to make an invigorating flavour baseline, pepped up by the gin and with a long finish, carried by the soft champagne bubbles. Blackwoods 40 is perfect here - delightfully earthy with a gentle pepper.

Muddle 4 mint leaves in the base of a shaker.

Add to the shaker:

  • 2 shots Blackwoods 40

  • 1 shot fresh lemon juice

  • 0.5 shot sugar syrup

Shake thoroughly.

Fine strain into a coupe glass.

Top with champagne.

Garnish with a mint leaf.

Champagne Marguerite

Champagne MagueriteSweet, long and seriously chilled, Champagne Marguerite is a slightly forsaken classic. Cherry blossom plays with soft, ripe flavours, making Garden Tiger Gin (with its prominent blood orange and mulberry) the ideal accompaniment. The pear, lime and gentle spice of the gin add a slightly sharper edge than is traditional but we think it works amazingly.

Shake together over ice:

  • 1 shot Garden Tiger Gin

  • 0.25 shot Maraschino Liqueur

  • 0.25 Orgeat Syrup

  • 1 shot fresh lemon juice

Strain into a wine glass filled with crushed ice.

Top with champagne.

Berry Bellini

Berry BelliniA staple of summer garden parties, we’ve all had some great Bellinis but for something a little more festive, try this great gin twist with bold, red raspberries and Zymurgorium’s Extra Gooseberry Gin Liqueur. It’s tart, fresh and fruity, and with any luck, will match your Christmas jumper.

Muddle 3 raspberries in the base of a shaker.

Add to the shaker 1 shot  Zymurgorium’s Extra Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 

  • 0.25 shot fresh lemon juice

Fine strain into a chilled champagne flute.

Top with prosecco.

Garnish with raspberries.

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