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It’s Gin o’clock: Cocktails with Gin

When Gin started trending a few years ago, I was hoping that it will never get out of fashion – and luckily, it hasn’t! While I love trying different Gins in a good old Gin & Tonic, I rather stick to a classic London Dry Gin (like Beefeater, Sipsmith, Tanqueray etc.) in other long drinks or cocktails. But hey – feel free to experiment! I can see a Gin Mare with its Mediterranean flavours working very well in the Gin Basil Smash or Rosemary Tom Collins and maybe the berry busting Brockmans in the Bramble… Turn on the music (see below) and get mixing!

Gin Selection

 

Gin Basil Smash

One of my favourite drinks for summer days. The Gin Basil Smash, sometimes also referred to as Gin Pesto, was invented in Hamburg by Jörg Meyer. How much Gin to add? According to Meyer, 5cl is not enough, 6cl is the recipe, 7cl is love. I’ll stick to the original recipe and leave it to you to decide.

Gin Basil Smash, Gin Cocktail

Ingredients for 1:

Method:

  1. Muddle the lemon juice and basil leaves in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the Gin and simple syrup.
  3. Top up with ice and shake thoroughly for around 30 seconds.
  4. Double strain into a tumbler glass filled with ice.

 

Rosemary Tom Collins

When I first tried the classic Tom Collins, I found it quite refreshing, but somehow, I felt that something was missing. Rosemary infused sugar syrup did the trick for me and made this drink the perfect aperitif.

Rosemary Tom Collins, Gin Cocktail

Ingredients for 1:

  • 5cl Gin
  • 3cl lemon juice
  • 2cl Rosemary Syrup
  • 1/2 egg white (I usually make two drinks in one go)
  • 150ml soda water
  • 1 small rosemary sprig for decoration

Method:

  1. Add the Gin, lemon juice, rosemary syrup and egg white to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake without ice first for around 15 seconds.
  3. Add some ice and give it another shake for around 30 seconds.
  4. Pour into a highball glass and top up with soda water.
  5. Put a small rosemary sprig into the foam for decoration.

 

Bramble

If you are into fruity cocktails, this is the drink! First mixed up by Dick Bradsell in Soho (London), the original recipe uses Crème de Mûre, a blackberry liqueur. This recipe uses fresh fruits to make things easier and healthier (well…).

Bramble, Gin Cocktail

Ingredients for 1:

  • 3 blackberries (plus 2 for decoration)
  • 5cl Gin
  • 3cl lemon juice
  • 2cl Simple Syrup

Method:

  1. Muddle the lemon juice and blackberries in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the Gin and simple syrup.
  3. Top up with ice and shake thoroughly for around 30 seconds.
  4. Double strain into a tumbler glass filled with ice.
  5. Put two blackberries on a cocktail stick for decoration.

 

Simple Syrup

  1. Add the same amounts of sugar and water to a saucepan.
  2. Bring to the boil and let it simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Leave it to cool down. Can be stored in the fridge for at least one week.

 

Rosemary Syrup

  1. Add the same amounts of sugar and water together with a large rosemary sprig to a saucepan.
  2. Bring to the boil and let it simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Leave it to infuse for 1 hour, then take out the rosemary.
  4. Let it cool down. Can be stored in the fridge for at least one week.

 

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