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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. Because we love fizz and gin so much we've paired them up in these indulgent seasonal cocktails.

FRENCH 75

An 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:

1 ½ parts Le Gin Christian De Drouin
½ part Fresh lemon juice
½ part Sugar syrup

Fine strain into a chilled champagne flute, top with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

APEROL SPRITZ

For 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 part Pink 47
1 part Aperol
1 part Prosecco
A splash of soda

Stir gently. Garnish with a slice of orange.

SOUTHSIDE ROYALE

It’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 (put in a shaker or pint glass and gently press with a spoon, then use the juice).

Add to the shaker:
2 parts  Blackwoods 40
1 part Fresh lemon juice
½ part Sugar syrup

Shake thoroughly. Fine strain into a coupe glass, top with champagne and garnish with a mint leaf.

SLOE GIN FIZZ

A beautiful classic! Sloe gin and Prosecco may be one of our favorite combination ever. Using a flavorsome sloe gin like Elephant Sloe, you really do taste the fresh and sweet bursts of sloe berries. Hints of nuts and spice follow blackberry on the finish. 

Add to a champagne flute:
1 part Sloe Gin
2 parts Prosecco 

BERRY BELLINI

A 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 (put in a shaker or pint glass and gently press with a spoon, then use the juice).

Add to the shaker:
1 part Zymurgorium’s Extra Gooseberry Gin Liqueur 
½ part Fresh lemon juice
Fine strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with prosecco. Garnish with raspberries.

* 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, if you are making 2 cocktails, 1 part would be approx 50ml and so on - experiment and give it a try.

Champagne and Gin Cocktails

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