Gin For Breakfast

Gin for breakfast? Yes please! Here's 5 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 5 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

The 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.

Add to champagne flute:
½ part* London Dry Gin - we recommend St. Giles to really bring out the zesty flavours.
Dash of Sugar Syrup (mix 2 tbsp boiling water and 2 tbsp sugar to make a simple syrup)
1 part Fresh Orange Juice
2 parts Prosecco

Give it a gentle stir, then embrace the fizz.

Breakfast Martini

Here’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 to your shaker/pint glass:
​2 parts Sipsmith London Dry Gin
1 tbsp Triple Sec
1 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice
1 large bar spoon of Orange Marmalade

Give all the ingredients a stir. Add 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

Now, 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.

Add to your shaker/pint glass:
2 parts Boodles London Dry Gin
1 tsp Honey/Simple Syrup
3 Sage Leaves 

Muddle together the gin, syrup and sage leaves (gently press with a spoon to release the juice). Pour over ice, stir, add soda, garnish with another sage leaf and enjoy! 

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

French 75

It wouldn’t be a breakfast post without one of the Sikkim Gin range, made using tea from Tibetan region of Sikkim, a part of India famed for some the best teas in the world! The unusual botanical really complements the juniper and citrus flavours. We picked Sikkim Greenery for it’s big burst of apple and lingering sweet finish, 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 it in a French 75.

Add to your shaker/pint glass:
Lots of ice
2 parts Sikkim Greenery
1 tsp Sugar Syrup
1 tbsp Lemon Juice

Shake thoroughly 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

Any 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.

Add to your shaker/pint glass:
2 parts Beefeater 24
1 part Earl Grey Syrup*
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
1 Egg White
2 dashes Peach Bitters

Dry shake, shake, shake (no ice), 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 twist of lemon peel.

*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 2, have a merry little dance. Try 3, text your phonebook asking who wants to go out (if it’s Sunday, stop). Try 5, curl up in the fetal position wondering where you went wrong...


* 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 champagne flute/martini or coupe glass you can always use a wine glass!

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