Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Cocktail Hour - 3 Spring Gin Cocktails

It's been a while since I've posted about my love of gin or even indulged in a glass of gin. My drinks trolley has been untouched since the festive period so I thought I would dust off some of my old favourites and make the most of the lighter evenings and have a gin in the garden.

Whether you’re looking to mix up something to impress your best mates or just fancy a midweek treat these cocktails I rustled up on the weekend are perfect and so simple to make. They don't contain anything too tricky to source and won't take hours to master.

The Rhubarb Rhubarb looks so fancy and tastes amazing.  I’ve been a super fan of Edinburgh Gin for a couple of years now, particularly their liqueurs – which is one of the ingredients in this cocktail. The Rhubarb & Ginger liqueur has a lovely sweetness and a hint of warmth and spice. If you can't get a hold of this or want something budget friendly Lidl makes their own version which is available during Spring/Summer. I impressed myself with my cocktail making skills when I made this one as I'm not typically the most dexterous.


Rhubarb Rhubarb


Ingredients 
50ml Edinburgh Gin's Rhubarb & Ginger Liqueur
10ml Aperol (I used the Lidl version which is only about £6)
25ml fresh lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
1 egg white

Method 
Dry shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Add ice to the shaker and shake again for 15 seconds.
Strain into a Martini or coupe glass.


Elder Zest

This refreshing tall drink is a great mix of delicate elderflower and zingy lemon. Perfect for a BBQ!

Ingredients
25ml Gin
25ml Edinburgh Gin's Elderflower Liqueur (I'm sure a dash of cordial will do)
15ml fresh lemon juice
Lemonade
Garnish - lemon twist and mint leaves

Method
Half fill a tall glass with crushed ice.
Stir the gin, liqueur and lemon juice together in a mixing glass.
Pour into the glass.
Top up the glass with crushed ice.
Top up with lemonade.
Garnish with a lemon twist and a sprig of fresh mint.


Gin Daisy

Another sunny day drink, perfect for a sharing pitcher and quick to mix.

Ingredients 
50ml Gin
25ml fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons grenadine
Soda water
Mint and lemon zest

Method 
Shake the gin, lemon juice and grenadine with ice. Pour over crushed ice and fill the glass with soda water. garnish with mint and lemon zest. Ideally, you would make lemon zest swirls but I'm not particularly crafty with a knife and ended up with lemon zest lumps... For a more vivid pink colour add a little more grenadine. 


Feeling inspired? Check out my other gin posts or visit Emma's blog for some more ginspiration. 

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