Gin is a fascinating liquor, for sure. We like to think of it as that 3am friend—reliable and always there when you need it. It’s what Christmas in a bottle would look like, but for the summers. This #WorldGinDay, take a moment to appreciate the goodness of these crisp gin drinks, ideal for the sultry summer afternoons (assuming that you’re into this glorious sport called day drinking) and your poolside parties. We recommend pairing these cocktails with Beefeater’s London Dry Gin, probably the best thing to come out of Britain, after Benedict Cumberbatch.
Ingredients: Gin (60ml), lime juice (25ml), sugar syrup (15ml), soda to top, lemon wedge for garnish
Method: Shake the gin, lime and sugar syrup in a shaker with ice. Strain it into a chilled Collins glass filled with ice. Top it up with soda and garnish with a lemon wedge.
Ingredients: Gin (60ml), mango purée (60ml), lemon juice (25ml), soda, fresh mango wedge for garnish
Method: Shake the gin, lime and sugar syrup in a shaker with ice. Pour into a tall glass filled with ice. Top with soda, stir and garnish with fresh mango.
Ingredients: Gin (45ml), passion fruit juice or pulp (60ml), fresh passion fruit, lime juice (5ml), sugar syrup (5-10ml)
Method: Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice. Fine-strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass. Garnish with a passion fruit wedge or half.
Ingredients: Gin (60ml), tomato juice (180ml), lemon juice (20ml), hot sauce (5ml), worcestershire sauce (5ml), a pinch of chilli powder, a pinch of cumin powder, celery salt (or regular salt), crushed black pepper, garlic powder (optional), splash of olive brine (optional), horseradish (optional)
Method: Shake all the ingredients in a shaker. Pour into a tall glass. Garnish with celery, pickles, green olives and lemon.
Ingredients: Gin (60ml), pineapple juice (30ml), lemon juice (10ml), tonic water and a wedge of fresh pineapple
Method: Fill a tall glass with ice. Pour the gin, pineapple juice and lemon juice over the ice and stir briefly. Top with tonic, stir and garnish with fresh pineapple
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Ingredients:London dry gin (45ml), Martini Rosso/ Sweet vermouth (30ml), a dash of orange bitters, and orange peel for garnish
Method:Stir all the ingredients with ice. Strain into a chilled old fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange peel or a half moon.