GIN GIN: BEAUTIFULLY CURATED COCKTAIL RECIPES FROM THE GIN AFICIONADOS
There are many things that scream British Summer, but none more than Gin and Tonic or drinking cocktails alfresco. Here at The Sussex Splendour we know only too well that the right cocktail can kick start a party. There is nothing like the satisfaction of sipping an ice cold cocktail whilst sauntering down to the pool.
With such an array of spirits to choose from, there are some rules that remain the same when selecting the perfect cocktail, you must always use quality spirits, refreshing mixers and stylish garnishes, the rest, I am told will fall into place.
Everyone's taste is different, and with that in mind we have spoken to the gin experts from Sussex and Hampshire to curate a list of the best Summer Gin cocktails to ensure that you not only please the crowd, but you will also start and finish the party in style!
TWISTED NOSE GIN - WATERCRESS & BASIL GIN SMASH
Whereas a 'Julep' is made from mint, a 'Smash' is generally accepted as a muddled-herb cocktail mixed with a base spirit, sweetener and some kind of citrus (or other acidic juice component).
In this case we're using both Basil and Watercress as an adaptation of Jörg Meyer's “gin pesto” invented at the bar Le Lion in Hamburg back in 2008.
The pesto-like quality of the basil sounds like an odd companion to gin, but the peppery spice and herbaceous notes in our Twisted Nose gin really make this work, so give it a try - it will certainly be a talking point and we think you will be pleasantly surprised.
- 50ml Twisted Nose Gin
- 20ml fresh Lemon Juice (approx. ½ a lemon)
- 10ml Sugar Syrup
- 8-12 Basil Leaves
- Sprig of Watercress
Muddle the watercress and basil in the base of a cocktail shaker and leave for 5-10 minutes. Add the ice, gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup and shake for one minute.
Double-strain into an chilled coupe glass and garnish with watercress and basil leaves.
BRIGHTON GIN - SUSSEX 75
This is a Sussex twist on the French 75, a cocktail that dates back to World War 1. Created during 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris, the powerful combination was supposed to floor the drinker like a French 75mm gun.
· 50ml Brighton Gin
· 20ml orange juice
· 10ml Cointreau
· Top with a Sussex sparkling wine.
Combine all ingredients in a flute, top with sparkling wine.
TOM CAT GIN - TOM’S CLOUDY MANGO GIN COCKTAIL
A twist on an original Gin and Tonic, the Mango and Blueberries gives this cocktail a fresh flavour that will conjure up memories of Mediterranean holidays.
· 50 ml of Tom Cat Cloudy Mango Gin
· 100ml of premium tonic water
· A handful of crushed blueberries
· Crushed mint leaves
· Plenty of ice
Drop into a Copa glass a generous amount of ice followed by the Cloudy Mango Gin and then add the tonic water. Add a handful of crushes blueberries and some bashed mint leaves. Swirl the G & T around the glass and smell the evocative aromas that are a reminder of a mango grove on a hot summers day.
BRILLIANT GIN - A BRILLIANT SECRET
This cocktail is perfect for Summer parties or whilst enjoying the Polo, it is a slight take on a Raspberry Gin fizz. A great contender for any soiree.
· 50ml Brilliant Gin
· 12.5ml St Germain elderflower liquor
· 12.5ml Chambord raspberry liquor
· 20ml Raspberry purée
· 10ml Lemon juice
· English Sparkling Wine
Mix well over ice and strain into a flute or martini glass and top up with English Sparkling Wine
Garnish with a half strawberry on the rim of the glass
JARROLDS GIN - BREAKFAST MARTINI
Originally created by the bartender Salvatore Calabrese in 2000 at the Lanesborough Hotel in Hyde Park, this is the most famous marmalade cocktail. It is a showstopper!
· 40ml Jarrolds London Dry Gin (70cl)
· 15ml Lemon Juice
· 15ml Triple Sec
· Dollop of fine cut Marmalade
· Garnish with 1 Orange Peel
A modern classic, which we enjoy pre-and post-dinner but we’re yet to try it at breakfast!
Place all ingredients into a shaker. Stir to dissolve the marmalade. Shake ingredients hard with ice. Fine strain into a cocktail glass and serve with orange peel twist.
SLAKE GIN - THE BRAMBLE
The Bramble is a cocktail created by master mixologist Dick Bradsell in London during the 1980’s. Much like gin is making a comeback, so has this delightful spring cocktail, it is a firm favourite of the millennial's and quite rightly so.
· 2 shots (50ml) Slake Sussex Dry Gin
· 1 shot (15ml) Freshly squeezed lemon juice
· ½ shot of Sugar syrup
· ½ shot of Crème de Mure
Pour the Gin, Lemon Juice and sugar syrup into your shaker, half-fill with ice, and shake until ice cold. Next strain into an old-fashioned rock glass filled with crushed ice and drizzle the Creme de Mure over the top so it trickles through the ice and finally garnish with fresh blackberries and a slice of lemon
CHILGROVE GIN – TOM COLLINS
Originating from the late 1800's. The Tom Colllins is one of the most influential cocktails from the last century, after making a come back following the prohibition years. These days it is still a firm favourite in the Cocktail bars in London and New York.
· 1 Part Chilgrove Gin
· ½ Freshly squeezed lemon
· 2 Parts Soda Water
· 2 tsp Caster Sugar
· Lemon Wedge
Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar and Chilgrove Gin to a clean highball glass and stir. Add plenty of cubed ice and stir again. Top with soda water and stir for a final time and finally garnish with the lemon wedge, mint leaves and a cherry, then serve
GENERATION 11 GIN – DRY MARTINI
A classic cocktail made famous by James Bond, this drink oozes sophistication. But the question is will you have it shaken or stirred?!
· 60 ml Generation 11 Gin
· 15 ml Dry Vermouth
· 2 Olives
Pour gin and vermouth into mixing glass. Add ice cubes. Stir to chill. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Thread olives onto cocktail pick and place in the drink.