Five of the best…gin cocktails
You know us High Tea Cast ladies love to have fun, and that fun does sometimes come in the form of a tipple or two while dancing to terribly fantastic live music. I’m a sucker for a good, colourful cocktail (when I’m not knocking them over and wasting £8… the HTC birthday party was a prime example) and a good gin concoction is one of my favourites.
In the 11th Century, monks were using juniper berries to flavour distilled spirits, and this was the beginnings of the lovely spirit – although they used it as a remedy for the black death, not to induce hangovers. I’m not so sure it worked.
Cocktails on a lazy, humid evening are a wonderful thing, and so I’ve put together my five favourite gin cocktails to sip in summertime. We can do better than a martini, right?
Blackberry Gin Fizz
I may not be a fruit lover but I do love fruit in drinks. My smoothie maker is my best friend these days, and this recipe calls for pureed berries to make a delightfully tangy, fizzy glass of pure yum.
Juice of 3 limes
Soda water to taste
(Makes a few)
Puree your blackberries with the sugar, and leave to sit for a bit to let the sugar dissolve. When dissolved, strain through a sieve into a jug and add the lime juice and gin. Add ice to short glasses, add the puree/gin mixture and top up with soda water.
This is a simple one, but thirst-quenching and delicious!
120ml pomegranate juice
30ml pineapple juice
Mix together, garnish with some pomegranate bits and a cocktail umbrella, get it down you.
I’ve always bought Pimm’s No 1 by the can/bottle and not really thought much about what was in it. It turns out that Pimm’s is actually gin-based and fairly easy to make yourself! You’ll need to prepare this one a day in advance.
180ml dry gin
240ml sweet vermouth
1 orange, plus:
Sliced oranges, strawberries and cucumber
Slice the orange, and add it to a sealed jar along with the vermouth and gin. Leave for 24 hours.
Strain the mixture through a sieve (something finer like a muslin cloth if you can) into a jug. Top up with lemonade and add the sliced orange, strawberry and cucumber, along with some ice. Serve while watching tennis and eating strawberries and cream.
One for the Bailey’s lovers amongst you, this cocktail is creamy, fruity and pink. I need say no more.
20ml triple sec
A dash or three of grenadine
Shake the lot together with ice, strain into a glass, serve. Simples. Beautiful. Dreamy.
Gin and Juice
When it’s lovely and sunny outside and I’m stuck inside working on some freelance stuff, I like to sometimes brighten things up with a taste of summer. To any current/potential employers, I’m not always drunk on the job, promise.
30ml gin, topped up with orange, mango and passionfruit juice (or whatever lovely tropical juice you have to hand) and with a drip of grenadine to create the lovely sunrise.
What are your favourite gin cocktails?