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World Gin Day Recipes

 

This Saturday the 8th of June it's officially World Gin Day. Yes, you read that correctly. A whole day dedicated to gin. Founded back in 2009 by Neil Houston, he created the celebration as a way of gathering with his friends to drink gin (an idea we can get behind)but since its creation, it has now developed into a global celebration with gintastic events happening internationally accompanied by all manner of gin-related puns across  social media (which we are also guilty of). World Gin Day continues to grow year by year and has inspired us to write this blog which gives you ginspirational recipes (last one, I promise) that you and your friends can enjoy for World Gin Day.

If you are partial to a gin now and then, then World Gin Day is the perfect time to gather some friends and try out some your favourites gins. For more information on World Gin Day head over to the World Gin Day website for more inspiration and find gin events nearby or if there isn’t one then why not invite a few friends over and make one of our favourite gin cocktails from scratch?

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Bramble

Short and fragrant.

You'll need:
20-50ml of gin (depending on the strength you want)
20ml sugar syrup
20ml lemon juice
10ml crème de mure
Berries or lemon zest for garnish

Take a large measure of dry gin and shake together with the lemon and sugar syrup, pour over crushed ice and drizzle the crème de mure through the drink. Garnish with a lemon zest or some fresh seasonal berries. A true party pleaser.

 

 

 

A French 75 cocktail served with a strip of lemon zest

French 75

It's Party time! This one uses smaller amounts of spirits to allow the fizz flavour to flourish.

You'll need:
20-50ml of gin (depending on the strength you want)
10ml orange liqueur
10ml lemon
5ml sugar
The fizz of your choice

Mix the gin, orange liqueur and lemon juice in a flute and top with chilled bubbly.

 

 

 

 

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Elderflower Collins

Fresh and fruity.

You'll need:
20-50ml of gin (depending on the strength you want)
20ml lemon
10ml sugar syrup
10ml elderflower cordial
Soda to finish

Shake up the gin with the lemon, sugar and a dash of elderflower cordial. Pour over rock ice and lengthen with sparkling water. Decorate with a sprig of your favourite herb. If you’re feeling like a true vagabond then top with sparkling wine to make an Elderflower Royale.

Cocktails in highball glasses

Sloe Gin Fizz

Give wonderfully wintery sloe gin a mean cocktail kick.

You'll need: 
20-50ml of gin (depending on the strength you want)
20ml lemon
15ml syrup
20ml egg whites

Shake together the sloe gin, lemon, sugar syrup, a rosemary sprig and the fresh egg white with ice. Then, shake without the ice to ensure maximum frothage. Serve straight up in a  glass with a slapped rosemary sprig aloft.

 

 

 

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Negroni

Italians believe you need to drink three of these before you begin to enjoy them (not in one night though):

You'll need:
20-50ml of gin (depending on the strength you want)
25ml vermouth
25ml Campari
1 orange

Pour the gin, sweet vermouth and Campari into your favourite rocks glass over ice. Stir it down to your preferred taste. Then, zest the orange with true Italian flair over the glass and add the citrus to the potion. Forget minutes – you can make this in seconds...

 

 

 

 

 

Marini in glass with lemon peel

Martini

Stirred NOT shaken.

You'll need: 
20-50ml of gin (depending on the strength you want)
Vermouth to taste
Your chosen garnish

A Martini varies from person to person, it's all about personal preference. The key elements to success are ensuring your vermouth is fresh, you have a high-quality gin and the garnish is appetising. Stir your required amount of gin with however much dry vermouth you like: the more you use the more herbal it will be. Stir to taste – it’s about finding the perfect dilution. Don’t be afraid to garnish your masterpiece with something that might seem peculiar either – personally, I take two pickled onions. Ensure your glass is frozen and the liquid smooth.

 

Gimlet served in two cocktail glasses

Gimlet

What shall we do with the drunken sailor? Note that your cordial can be shop-bought or homemade and it’s fun to mix it up with the seasons.

You'll need:
50ml gin,
25ml cordial (we used lime)

This ratio of two parts gin to one part cordial dances in the glass. Stir down, pour into a glamorous coupe and garnish how you please. I enjoy a slapped sage leaf.

 

 

 

 

Rhubarb gin

Rhubarb Gin

Use seasonal rhubarb to make a G&T with a difference, or top with soda water for a refreshing summertime drink in glorious pink.

You'll need:

20-50ml of gin (depending on the strength you want)
1kg pink rhubarb stalks
400g caster sugar (don't use golden - it muddies the colour)

Wash the rhubarb, trim the stalks and discard the base and any leaves. Cut the stalks into 3cm lengths. Put in a large jar with the sugar. Shake everything around, put the lid on and leave overnight. The sugar will draw the juice out of the rhubarb. After 24 hrs, add the gin, seal and shake everything around. We advise leaving it for 4 weeks to let the ingredients infuse.

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G&T

The headline act. A gin and tonic evolves into something far more complex with the right twists.

You’ll need:
20-50ml of gin (depending on the strength you want)
Lots of ice
A big Copa glass (a large, balloon-shaped glass)
Natural tonic water
Your favourite garnishes

Celebrate this piece of heritage with a glorious serve, always using one part gin to two parts tonic.

 

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Southside

Also known as a mojito, gin-style.

You'll need: 
20-50ml of gin (depending on the strength you want)
20ml lime
15ml sugar syrup,
6-8 mint leaves.

Drop the gin, fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and the mint leaves into your shaker then get your arms moving. Fine strain it into a posh Martini glass that’s been chilled. Hold the ice. Garnish with one slapped mint leaf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Gin Day

Violet Fizz

Bubbly and refreshing.

You'll need:
20-50ml of gin (depending on the strength you want)
1/2 ounce crème de violette
1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4  ounce simple syrup
Chilled club soda
Ice cubes
Parma Violets, to garnish

Add the gin, crème de violette, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Shake extra well. Fill a highball glass three-quarters full with ice cubes. Strain the mixture into the glass. Fill the glass with chilled club soda, stir well, and drink quickly, before those bubbles have a chance to fade.

 

 

 

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