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Gin For Breakfast

Gin for breakfast? Yes please! Here's 6 cocktail recipes that will help you skip the morning blues and transform into a morning person.

The alarm clock goes. You wake up and half sleepwalk into the kitchen. You pull open the fridge and consider which food would set you up for another day of adulting. Cereal? Too mundane. Eggs? Too much effort. Orange juice? Not enough kick. All the while, that bottle of gin is teasing you in your peripheral vision, hovering around like a man with a pitchfork. Your inner voice screams out for juniper, but your dignified state tells you now is not the time.

Now is always the time.

Whether you take your gin, eggs and orange juice and stir up a homemade cocktail, or throw on your Sunday best and head out to the nearest fashionable spot to enjoy a tasty brunch accompanied with an even tastier G&T, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a gin at brunch. And you don’t even have to hang that head in shame, in Barcelona, a city synonymous with gin, it is actually quite the norm!

Here are 6 brunch cocktails we recommend that are easy to make (perfect for those of you who are not morning people) and will really transform your breakfast into a ‘Breakfast of Champions.’

Gin Mimosa

Gin MimosaThe Gin Mimosa is a daring yet adventurous way to start your day, especially if you’re out brunching and want everyone to know what a classy yet bold human being you are. Gin and prosecco? You’re not playing games.

Best served as fresh as possible, if you’re making this at home, we recommend juicing your own oranges. For those of you who don’t quite have that kind of strength first thing, the juice in your fridge will work just fine. Just check the date first.

Simply add the gin and sugar syrup to your glass and top with 1 part orange juice to 2 parts chilled prosecco. Give it a gentle stir, then embrace the fizz.

Breakfast Martini

Breakfast MartiniHere’s one for those of you who like to sit back, take small sips, and channel your inner Frank Sinatra. Invented by the President of the UK Bartender’s guild, Salvatore Calabrese, one morning in 1996, the Breakfast martini is a modern classic consisting of gin, triple sec, fresh lemon juice and orange marmalade. Because who wants to eat their preserves when they can drink them?!

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and give it a stir. Add some ice and shake for 20 seconds, then strain into a Martini glass. Or, if you want to be true to Frank, strain it on the rocks.

Sage Gin Fizz

Sage Gin FizzNow, here is something light and refreshing, which pairs beautifully with your (not-so) poached eggs. The Sage Gin Fizz is incredibly low calorie, perfect for health-conscious foodies that want to treat themselves. Not to mention, sage has plenty of health benefits like improving your brain function and regulating digestion. Also, it’s sweet & savoury flavour will complement your breakfast perfectly.

Muddle together the gin, syrup and sage leaves. Pour this over ice, stir in the glass, add soda, and garnish with another sage leaf. 

Ramos Gin Fizz

Ramos Gin FizzFor those who might consider the need to unfasten your trouser button after brunch as being nothing short of a success, we have the Ramos Gin Fizz. Henry. C. Ramos invented this gin fizz that upped the game in the gin fizz world. Made with egg white and cream (yes, cream), this is a cocktail that could be considered a grown-up smoothie. Be prepared to spend a little extra time on this one, but it’s worth it.

  • 50 ml Whitley Neill

  • 1 tbsp Heavy Cream

  • 1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice

  • 1 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice

  • 1.5 tbsp Simple Syrup

  • 1 Egg White

  • 3 dashes Orange Flower Water

You’ll need to add all the ingredients into a shaker. Then the fun part, shake as hard you can for 5 minutes. Add some ice, and then shake again. Strain into your glass, top with some soda, garnish with a slice of orange, sit back, and indulge.

The final 2 drinks will satisfy your Earl Grey fix in a new, and strongly improved way. So cast aside your morning brew, you are no longer friends.

FEW Breakfast Gin French 75

FEW Breakfast Gin French 75It wouldn’t be a breakfast post without FEW Breakfast Gin. I mean, the gin is literally labelled ‘Breakfast Gin’. It would be extremely rude to have it at any other time of the day. Distilled using Earl Grey as a botanical, the unusual component really complements the juniper, bergamot and citrus flavours. With a lingering sweet finish and a slight burst of cinnamon, this gin is perfect to drink solely on the rocks.

However, if you’re feeling fancy and want to take a step up from the Prosecco drinkers, try this in a French 75.

Shake the ingredients over ice and strain into whichever glass best represents your morning mood (a mug is fine, we don’t judge). Top with your finest champagne.

Earl-y Chill

Earl-y ChillAny cocktail with a punny name is worth a mention, so here we have the Earl-y Chill, created by Beefeater brand ambassador Jamie Gordon using Beefeater 24 (a tea infused gin). The cocktail itself is a master’s blend, with earl grey syrup* and egg white. This special number allows you to get your tea, protein and gin, all in one glass.

  • 50ml Beefeater 24

  • 25ml Earl Grey Syrup*

  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice

  • 1 Egg White

  • 2 dashes Peach Bitters

Add all ingredients into a shaker and dry shake (no ice) them well, then add some ice and shake some more (you’ve got to get that froth!). Strain the contents into a glass and garnish with a lemon zest.

*Earl Grey Syrup - Mix earl grey tea with sugar to a syrupy consistency and let cool.

I’m certain your taste buds are excited and your shopping list has grown. Try two, have a merry little dance. Try four, text your phonebook asking who wants to go out (if it’s Sunday, stop). Try six, curl up in the fetal position wondering where you went wrong.

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