It’s London Cocktail Week so what better way to celebrate than having a couple of the best, contemporary gin cocktails? Here are some of our favourites at Gin Festival HQ!
Gin Gin Mule
Bright, aromatic and with a gentle level of spice, Gin Gin Mule is perfect for this time of year! Despite its name, this is much more complex (and delicious) than other Moscow Mule inspired drinks. To make it:
Muddle two thumbnail sized pieces of fresh ginger in the base of a shaker. Add two parts Martin Miller’s London Dry Gin, a squeeze of lime, a dash of sugar syrup and 12 fresh mint leaves and shake with ice. Fine strain into an ice-filled Collins glass and top with ginger beer. Garnish with a sprig of mint and wedge of lime,
The Sakura Martini is a fantastically light and floral combination of gin and sake that has managed to rescue the Saketini from the depths of cocktail despair. Elegant with just a touch of sweetness, this is a particularly distinctive drink. To make it:
Stir with ice, two parts sake, one part Blackwoods 60% and a dash of maraschino liqueur in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with salted cherry blossoms.
Negronis, and twists on negronis, are all the rage at the moment; that fabulous bitter taste is unmistakable! We like ours with added rhubarb for a perfectly tart touch of Yorkshire. To make it:
Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice and stir together one part Perry’s Tot, one part Campari, ½ part sweet vermouth and ½ part rhubarb liqueur. Garnish with a twist of orange zest.
The Merchant’s Wife
Fresh and fruity, this watermelon based drink is beautifully balanced by the astringency of the Aperol and the dryness of the gin whilst proudly promoting all that is good about summer! To make it:
Muddle two 1 inch cubes of watermelon in the base of a cocktail shaker, along with ½ a part of sugar syrup. Add one part Sipsmith V.J.O.P, one part Aperol and ¾ parts lemon juice and shake with ice. Strain into a Collins glass, top with soda water and garnish with a wedge of watermelon.
Splendidly savoury, a Celery Gimlet is the drink for those who want to avoid the fruit and sweetness associated with cocktails. While the notion that mixed drinks are necessarily sweet isn’t all that accurate today, this is an ideal drink for those put off by that saccharine misconception. To make it:
Shake together two parts Greenbrier Gin, ¼ part Green Chartreuse, ¼ part elderflower liqueur, ½ part celery juice, ½ part lime juice, dash of sugar syrup and 3 dashes celery bitters. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with the tip of a stick of celery.
Our afternoon’s sorted! What are your favourite gin cocktails?
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