It’s almost Gin’o’clock and this week’s pick is Silent Pool Gin, made in Surrey with a blend of 24 botanicals including lavender, cassia bark and cubeb- plus a smidge of local honey.
Recommended serve is with a generous handful of ice, a dash of tonic, and a twist of orange peel to garnish.
Order a bottle here.
After reading this week that the Queen has a gin cocktail with her lunch, in our office, we are feeling like it is now socially acceptable to have one with our Pret sarnie.,.
Our gin choice this week; One Gin (from the makers of One Water) which describes itself as ‘a British Gin inspired by the World’. Created in Sussex with nine botanicals, One Gin is perfect in a G&T with a slice of crisp apple and a sage leaf to garnish.
Buy a bottle of One Gin and help to raise £20million for water projects by 2020.
Normally, this feature is in praise of gin. But today we’re all shaken and stirred up about Lamb & Watt’s range of tonic water, made in the Lake District with Blue Agave syrup as their base.
Choose from the crisp, clean original or fresh cucumber – or be a bit more daring with sweet hibiscus or (our fave) the herbaceous basil one, which is fab with JJ Whitley Nettle Gin.
As our readers know, we love a Friday gin cocktail, but World Gin Day tomorrow gives us reason to raise a glass well into the weekend too. Hurrah.
Our pick of the gin tipples includes…
Willem Barentsz Premium Gin is clean, elegant and infused with jasmine flowers. So sophisticated, you’ll want to drink it in a simple G&T with lots of ice.
For those who prefer their gin with a side order of girlie fun, Pinkster’s Agreeably British Raspberry gin will have you donning a satin bomber and belting out ‘Beauty School Drop Out’…
Ophir’s Spiced Oriental gin makes a kick ass Negroni and also looks lovely on your dressing table (not that we condone this one!). Combine 30ml Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin with 30ml Sweet Vermouth and 30ml Campari, mix, strain, garnish and serve.
Isfjord Premium Arctic Gin is distilled with botanicals including juniper, cardamom and lemon grass. It’s a gentle gin (if that were such a thing) made with iceberg water from Greenland.
Happy Gin Friday and Happy World Gin Day!
Our latest Gin Friday cocktail – The Blackberry Smash – comes courtesy of Aldi’s Oliver Cromwell Dry Gin.
Not only does it contain lovely antioxidant rich blackberries, but it’s the perfect accompaniment to smashing up your actual BlackBerry, if like mine it stopped running all the useful functions on Dec 31st…
Aldi’s gin beat lots of leading brands in a taste test a few years ago and they still haven’t put the price up by much…
50 ml Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin
½ a cup of white sugar
½ a cup hot water
25ml fresh lemon juice
6 mint leaves
Sparkling water to top
- Fill a tall glass and a cocktail shaker with cubed ice
- To make blackberry syrup dissolve the white sugar in the hot water. Once dissolved add in 10/12 blackberries and allow to cool down to room temperature before straining and chilling in the fridge
- Add 25ml of blackberry syrup and all ingredients (except the sparkling water) to the cocktail shaker
- Shake hard for ten seconds and then strain through a tea strainer into the ice-filled tall glass
- Slowly top with sparkling water
Garnish with a lemon wedge, blackberry and large mint sprig. Finely dust with castor sugar to give a frosted look.
Thanks to Serious Eats for this one. The perfect girlie tipple for Snow-mageddon.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed juice from one lemon
- 1/2 ounce simple syrup
- 3/4 ounce rosewater
- 1 egg white
- 2 ounces club soda
- 3 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Add gin, lemon, simple syrup, rosewater, and eggwhite to a cocktail shaker. Dry shake (without ice) to incorporate eggwhite, about 30 seconds. Fill shaker with ice and shake until frothy, about 30 seconds longer.
Double strain by pouring through a bar strainer into a fine-mesh or conical strainer set in a highball glass filled with ice. Top drink with club soda and bitters. Gently stir and serve.
Thanks to The Queen’s Arms in Edinburgh for this one, it’s called Let’s Talk Nonsense, made with Edinburgh Gin.
– 37.5ml Edinburgh Gin
-25ml Giffards Rhubarb Liqueur
-25ml Lemon Juice
-12.5ml Vanilla Syrup
-2 dashes Rhubarb Bitters
Shake and double strain, serve in a coupe glass with a grapefruit garnish…
Thanks to Daffy’s Gin – the award winning spirit made with Lebanese mint – for our Gin Friday tipple…
The Elderflower Dandy was created by Black Fox in Edinburgh.
50ml Daffy’s Gin
25ml St Germaine Elderflower
10ml Jack Rudy Elderflower Tonic
25ml Egg white
Dry shake, shake with ice then fine strain.
Thanks to House & Garden for this one – you can get the full recipe here – it looks almost too beautiful to drink! Made with botanical-infused Portobello Road Gin, white chocolate and a bouquet of flowers.
Cheers to Mothers!