With the festive season upon us, there is no better spirit to have in your home than a bottle of gin! Everyone loves a good gin cocktail and they are super easy to whip up in a flash.
This unique gin uses a combination of 11 botanicals, including juniper, coriander, orange peel and chamomile, and a late infusion of cucumber and rose petal to bring you a rather interesting flavour combination that can be paired with almost anything you can think of.
Courtesy of Hendrick’s Gin, here is a handy guide to cocktail mixers and the right ingredients to assemble as many iconic cocktails as quickly as possible!
Step 1: The basics
Needless to say, the first mixer to buy for making gin cocktails is tonic water. We all know the gin and tonic, and there are plenty of twists on the original to keep things fresh. Soda water is also handy to keep on hand as a base for many gin cocktails. In terms of liquor, vermouth is an essential ingredient in a multitude of gin drinks. Finally, keep some lemon juice, lime juice and syrup on hand. With these ingredients in the bag, you are out of the blocks to start making cocktails. Some may require additional fruits as garnish.
Basic gin cocktails:
Gin & Tonic – Gin, tonic water.
Martini – Gin, vermouth.
Tom Collins – Gin, lemon juice, sugar, soda water.
Gimlet – Gin, lime juice, syrup.
Rickey – Gin, lime juice, soda water, syrup.
Sour Cherry Gin – Gin, cherries, syrup, lemon juice, soda water.
Southside – Gin, lime juice, lemon juice, syrup, mint leaves, soda water.
Step 2: Honing the skill
Once these basics are mastered, it is time to add more ingredients for a more complex experience. If you do not already have it, bitters are the next important component in a well-stocked bar. The range of juice mixers can also be extended to include orange juice, grapefruit juice and ginger beer. Alcohols such as vodka, and maraschino can now be added to the shelf.
Intermediate gin cocktails:
Gin Mule – Gin, mint leaves, syrup, lime juice, ginger beer.
Martinez – Gin, vermouth, maraschino, bitters.
Gin Fizz – Gin, lemon juice, syrup, sugar, egg white, soda water.
Ramos Fizz – Gin, cream, egg white, lemon juice, lime juice, sugar.
Gin and Juice – Gin, grapefruit juice, orange juice.
Vesper – Gin, vermouth, vodka.
Step 3: Getting exotic
Cocktail mixers who arrive at this stage of the process usually stock up on a number of cocktail manuals and purchase new mixers as required by recipes, slowly building out their mixing shelf. Below are a number of well-loved gin cocktails with interesting ingredients that will set you on the path to mixing greatness.
Exotic gin cocktails:
Bramble – Gin, syrup, blackberry liqueur, lime juice.
Bee’s knees – Gin, honey, water, lemon juice.
French 75 – Gin, lemon juice, sugar, champagne.
Kiwi Cooler – Gin, kiwifruit, tarragon leaves, lime juice, syrup, soda water.
With all these great cocktail recipes to try, one is sure to have a very MERRY Christmas!
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