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It's World Cocktail Week!

Did someone say cocktail? It’s world cocktail week? Even better! We know you love cocktails as much as we do, so here’s 7 cocktail recipes, 1 for each continent. From sweet to fruity, classic to our brand new twist we’ve got it covered!

Go on, invite your gin buddies round and try them all, you know you want to…!

AFRICA - The Dawa

Dawa comes from from the word ‘medicine’ in Swahili and people have been drinking this cocktail to cure aches and pains since the 80s! Obviously we should all drink responsibly here, we’re not saying a gin a day keeps the doctor away...

Get in on the action and make yourself a Dawa cocktail, simple, sweet and citrusy, with the perfect amount of lime to balance the tasty honey.

Add to your short glass
A paper straw rolled in 1 tbsp honey
1 tsp brown sugar
1 lime, halved, then sliced into chunks
Muddle (gently press) just enough to release the lime juice and mix with the sugar.

Then add
Plenty of crushed ice
2 parts* Siderit Ginger & Lime - honey and ginger is always a great flavour combo and the lime will add that hint of zest, perfect!

Stir with your honey soaked straw, top up the ice and garnish with a lime wheel, tasty. If you have an extra sweet tooth drizzle more honey over the finished cocktail - you’ll love it!

*For a quick guide to converting parts into ml and how to make cocktails with what you have in the cupboard, take a look at the end of the blog.

ANTARCTICA - Blue 75

This chilled out bright blue number felt like the perfect choice for Antarctica. Full of tangy orange flavour and more than a little bit boozy, this is the perfect choice to keep you warm on that chilly iceberg (or just in your front room, you know, whatever)!

Add to your shaker/pint glass
1 part Persie Zesty Citrus Gin - Add an extra hit of citrus to the mix with the smooth, smooth Persie!
½ part Blue curaçao
Plenty of ice

Shake, shake, shake it all about, then strain into a chilled champagne flute. Top with prosecco and a twist of orange peel, simples!

ASIA - Singapore Sling

One of the most famous gin cocktails out there, created in the legendary Raffles Bar, Singapore, by Ngiam Tong Boon. Plus this is a very easy one to make, bonus. There are many recipes for this sweet and fruity classic, give our twist a try, it’ll be your new favourite!

Shake together over ice
2 parts Gin - we recommend Bobby’s Schiedam Gin, full of indonesian spices, for a touch of Asian flavour.
½ part Cherry Liqueur
½ part Benedictine DOM
Squeeze fresh lime

Strain into an ice-filled glass, top with soda and stir gently. Garnish with mango and cherry, ta da!

EUROPE - English Garden

We’ve come home for the European leg of this world tour. What could be more English that gin, elderflower and cucumber? Making this glorious classic with Hunter’s Gin and adding apple to the mix, that’s what! This is also a great big batch cocktail if you want to make a jug so you can kick back and relax with no more drinks duty!  

Prepare your glass
Peel a cucumber lengthwise to get your ribbons for garnish and curl them into a tall glass
Add lots of ice

Add to a shaker/pint glass
1 wedge cucumber and muddle (gently press with a spoon to release juice)
2 parts Hunter’s Gin for gorgeous apple and citrus tones
1 part Elderflower liqueur
2 parts Apple juice
½ part Fresh lime

Shake it up, shake it down, shake it all about and strain into your prepared glass. Garnish with violet aaaannnd done!

NORTH AMERICA - Margarita

We’ve gone for our very own gin twist on a traditional margarita here, a staple on any cocktail menu for good reason! Plus it’s simple to make and seriously delicious.

Add to a shaker/pint glass
2 parts Shortcross Gin - a gorgeous London Dry, ideal for this Margarita twist
1 part Orange liqueur (Cointreau or Triple Sec etc)
1 part Freshly-squeezed lime juice
Plenty of ice

Shake, rattle and roll, then taste and add a hint of sugar syrup if you need it (i). Serve over crushed ice and garnish with a lime wheel.

For extra margarita brownie points, run lime round the rim of your glass and dip into salt.

(i) To make a simple syrup mix 2 tbsp boiling water and 2 tbsp sugar.

OCEANIA - The Polynesian

Tiki culture was massive from the 1930s right up to the 70s and it’s enjoying a bit of a comeback now! Originally invented by an American who travelled the Pacific Ocean, Don ‘the Beachcomber’ created this when he opened a bar in Hollywood. Based on the drinks he had on his adventures this is a fabulous, sweet cherry cocktail, popular with stars in L.A. for the last 80 years!

Add to your shaker/pint glass
1 ½ parts Puerto de Indias Strawberry Gin (for that extra burst of fruity flavour!)
¾ part Cherry brandy
Juice of 1 lime
Plenty of ice

Give it a good shakey, shake, shake, strain into a sugar rimmed martini glass (ii) and garnish with glace cherries.

(ii) To create a sugar rim just run lime round the rim of your glass and dip into sugar.

SOUTH AMERICA - Mojito

Think of South American cocktails and street parties and the mojito is always going to be one of the first that comes to mind! Fresh, light and delightfully thirst-quenching, this is an ideal drink for lounging in the garden.

Add to a tall glass
2 parts Cucumber Gin - we think the Cucumber adds a delicious touch of refreshing and cooling sweetness.
1 part Sugar syrup
1 part Fresh lime juice
1 Fresh Passionfruit  
4 parts Soda Water
Crushed ice

Churn together with a long bar spoon, garnish with a sprig of mint and enjoy.

* 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.

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