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Gin Cocktail
Gin Cocktail

Gin Cocktail time is here at last. Summer is always a time where we feel rejuvenated and energised however with our long hot summer days, we all need a way to stay refreshed. We have created the perfect opportunity for you to hone those bar tending skills and also impress your friends and family with these  six fantastic cocktails. Now there is no reason to fall back on the normal beer and wine, become your own master mixologist.

GIN BASIL SMASH

A fruity, herbal cocktail perfectly complimenting cocktail parties, dinner parties, garden parties, picnics and celebrations. Master this gem and you will certainly earn the respect of your guests.

Ingredients:

2 tots    Hendrik’s Gin
1 tot       Lemon Juice
½ tot    Sugar Syrup
8            Basil leaves

Place the basil leaves in the base of your cocktail shaker and muddle gently. Add the remaining ingredients, shake hard over ice and finally strain over an ice-filled rock glass.
(Courtesy of Hendrik’s Gin)

Gimlet

“Keep it simple silly” certainly applies to this classic cocktail. Stylish refreshing and quick to make, this is certainly one of the great classics.

Ingredients:

2 tots      Gin
¾ tot      Lime Cordial
Mix in a cocktail shaker with ice and pour out into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a lime wedge

Singapore Sling

The Singapore Sling is first thought to have been served at the Long Bar in the Raffles hotel in Singapore around the beginning of the century. Its triumph of fruity deliciousness is grounded with subtle herbs and above all a solid punch of Gin for good measure makes this cocktail a must have for any sophisticated dinner party

Ingredients:

1 tot       Gin
1/3 tot   Grand Marnier
1/3 tot   Cherry liqueur
1/3 tot   Herbal liqueur
30 ml    Pineapple juice
15 ml     Fresh lime juice
1 dash   Bitters
Club soda, to top

Mix all but club soda in a cocktail shaker with ice and strain into a Hi-ball glass with ice, topping up the glass with club soda.
Garnish with a slice of Orange slice or a cherry.

Gin Martini

Roll over all you die hard 007 groupies, this Martini is stirred, not shaken. That’s right, in a move back to the traditional, this delightfully dry symphony of liquid will make you look like a pro.

Ingredients:

2 tots     Hendrik’s Gin
7 ml       Dry Vermouth
Cucumber slice

Stir vermouth and Hendrik’s gin over ice cubes in a mixing glass.
Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a cucumber slice.
(Courtesy Hendrik’s Gin)

Gin with Rose and Cucumber Tonic

A sure fire winner for a refreshing everyday drink it is also as easy to pour as a normal gin and tonic but so much better. Our gin of choice is Hendrik’s Gin but it works just as well with most good brands.

Ingredients:

1 tot            Hendrick’s Gin
1x 200ml   Fitch and Leeds Pink Tonic (Rose and Cucumber infused tonic)
Cucumber ribbons

Wrap a cucumber ribbon around the inside of a low-ball glass.
Pour the gin over ice in a low-ball glass finally add the tonic and stir with a swizzle stick.

Clover Club

Finally, this gorgeous cocktail probably will take a bit of practice to perfect but it is well worth the effort. Rich, fruity and tart, its perfect balance of gin, lemon, and raspberries will tease your taste buds.

Ingredients:

2 tots   Hendrick’s Gin
1 tot     Lemon Juice
1 tot     Raspberry Syrup
1            Egg White

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake very well.
Fine strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish by finally adding a cleaned raspberry to the foam cap.
(Courtesy Hendrik’s Gin)

While these few gin cocktail recipes are only a drop in the ocean they are sure to elevate your status as an entertainer of note with very little effort. Now it’s time to arrange your next pool party, get those invites out and armed with our 6 easy recipes you can dazzle you guests with your new skills.

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