GINuary

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GINuary

A new year means only one thing! GINuary.

To celebrate the coolest month of the year here are our top 5 Gin cocktails.

Gimlet     

Ingredients

60ml Dry Gin
20ml Rose's lime cordial
Twist of lime
Garnish with lime zest

Method

Pour the Gin and cordial into a mixing glass then fill with ice cubes.

Stir well with a mixing spoon to chill and dilute.

Taste the gimlet before serving to ensure the ice has diluted the Gin enough (the alcohol should feel pleasant not aggressive) then strain into a Cocktail glass.

Squeeze a wedge of lime over the glass, ensuring that the lime oils are expelled across the surface of the drink.

Garnish with fresh lime zest and serve.

Products Used

BarCraft 4 Piece Mojito Cocktail Set
BarCraft Stainless Steel Cocktail Strainer
KitchenCraft Oval Handled Stainless Steel Zester

 

Raspberry Gin Jam Cocktail

Ingredients

1 tbsp Raspberry Jam
½ lemon
2 shots of your favourite Gin
Tonic Water
Fresh Raspberries

Method

Combine the Raspberry Jam, Gin and the juice of ½ lemon in a Preserving Jar.

Then shake the jar until the Raspberry Jam is completely dissolved.

Fill a Glass Drinks Jar with ice.

Strain the Jam Cocktail over the ice, fill it with Tonic Water and garnish with fresh Raspberries.

Products Used

Home Made Glass 500ml Preserving Jar 
KitchenCraft Wooden Lemon Reamer / Juicer 
BarCraft Insulated Double Walled Stainless Steel Cocktail Mixer 
Home Made Traditional Glass Drinks Jar with Straw

   

Blackberry and Lavender Gin and Tonic

Ingredients

For the Blackberry and Lavender Simple Syrup

200g Granulated sugar
½ pint cold water
200g Fresh Blackberries
1 Tsp. Lavender flowers

For the Blackberry and Lavender Gin and Tonic

50ml gin
25ml Blackberry and Lavender Simple Syrup (or to taste)
½ Tbsp. Limoncello or fresh lemon juice
Lemon tonic water to top up
Ice
Blackberries and Lavender sprigs to garnish

Method

Prepare the syrup in advance by rinsing the blackberries and lavender flowers gently in cold water.

Add the clean blackberries and sugar to a sauce pan and cover with the water. Slowly bring to the boil, stirring occasionally until all of the sugar has dissolved before adding the lavender.

Simmer for a few more minutes to let the lavender infuse then remove from the heat. Using a heat resistant potato masher, gently crush the berries slightly to release their juice.

Leave to cool completely then strain into a clean jar. The syrup will keep in the fridge for a week or you can pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze for an extra burst of flavour later. You can also use it to drizzle over desserts as well.

The Cocktail

Fill a glass with ice. Pour in the gin, Limoncello (or lemon juice) and top up with chilled tonic water.

Carefully pour in the blackberry and lavender simple syrup, allowing it to settle at the bottom of the glass.

Add a lavender sprig and blackberry then stir and serve.

Products Used

MasterClass Non-Stick Heavy Duty 16cm Saucepan
MasterClass Measuring Jug
BarCraft Five Piece Hammered Brass Finish Cocktail Tool Set
Colourworks Classics Green Silicone-Headed Kitchen Spoon with Long Handle
Colourworks Classics Silicone Head Green Masher
Home Made 'Tempting Tipple' Glass 375ml Bottle

 

Ultimate G&T

Ingredients

1 1⁄2 oz. dry gin
1 1⁄2 oz. tonic syrup
4 oz. club soda
1 lime wheel, for garnish
5 pin peppercorns, or garnish
1 sprig rosemary, for garnish

Method

Combine 1 1⁄2 oz. each dry gin and tonic syrup in a glass with 1 large ice cube.

Add 4 oz. club soda then garnish with the whole pink peppercorns, plus lime wheel, and rosemary sprig.

Products Used

BarCraft Stainless Steel Jigger
BarCraft Jumbo Ice Cube Tray

Bramble

Ingredients

40ml gin
10ml sugar syrup
15ml crème de mur (blackberry liqueur)
15ml lemon or lime juice
Blackberries and mint to garnish

Method

Add ice to a tumbler. Pour the gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well. Strain the mixture over the ice then carefully add the Crème de Mur by pouring over the back of a mixing spoon. Garnish with a perfect blackberry or two and a sprig of mint.

Products Used

BarCraft 650ml Art Deco Brass Finish Cocktail Shaker
BarCraft Five Piece Hammered Brass Finish Cocktail Tool Set