Artisan gins are popping up everywhere, reminding us all how deliciously refreshing a drop of Mother’s ruin is – especially in one of summer gin cocktails.
Tom Collins is a classic that allows you to truly savour the gin. Last month it held its place on the Telegraph’s best gin cocktails list.
50ml gin (preferably London dry)
1 tsp sugar (or sugar syrup)
25ml lemon juice
Soda water (to taste)
Put the gin, sugar and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with soda to taste and garnish with a lemon slice.
A basic Tom Collins can of course be developed and played with simply by adding a fruit of choice or alternating the garnish – a slice of cucumber for Hendrik’s is always good. Or a sliver of kiwi as a summer thirst quencher.
Gin & Mint
Mint is a wonder in summer cocktails. Here it works magic with elderflower and gin.
2 sprigs of fresh mint
1cm thick slice fresh cucumber, quartered
chilled elderflower pressé (to taste, not concentrate)
mint sprig and thin lemon slice to garnish
Place the gin, mint and cucumber pieces in the bottom of a cocktail shaker or glass jug, and stir for a minute, squashing down the mint and cucumber with the back of a spoon to bruise them well and release their juices. Strain into a hi-ball glass containing a couple of ice cubes, and top up with spritzy elderflower pressé. Garnish with mint and lemon.
This recipe comes courtesy of NB gin. It’s a classic with a sophisticated summer twist. One for special occasions.
37.5ml NB Gin
12.5ml Cointreau/Triple Sec
25ml fresh lemon juice
12.5ml lavender syrup
Put the gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and lavender syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, then strain into an chilled cocktail glass.
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