Thursday 3 August 2017

Gin Cocktails for Summer

The sunshine in the summer months always makes me want to sit in the garden with a nice drink. With two children, I do tend to wait until they're in bed and there's nothing better than relaxing outside an alcoholic beverage in the hot summer evenings.

Gin seems to be the 'in' drink at the moment and I've got some delicious gin cocktails courtesy of Hayman's - the original English Gin Makers - to share with you. They have added a dash of Englishness to classic cocktails. Each recipe incorporates Hayman's London Dry Gin, seasonal fruits, mixers and flavours to create traditional summer cocktails with a delicious twist.

Hayman's English Ruby Fizz 

Makes 1 cocktail

  • 50ml Hayman's London Dry Gin
  • 20ml lime juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup or Grenadine
  • 4-8 fresh raspberries or raspberry syrup
  • Ginger ale to top with
  • Lime wheel and fresh raspberries to garnish 

1. Fill a highball glass with plenty of large cubes of ice
2. Set aside the ginger ale and garnish, and combine all remaining ingredients in a shaker with the ice
3. Shake well for approximately 12 seconds
4. Double strain into the highball glass, allowing the liquid to run over the ice
5. Top with ginger ale
6. Garnish with a lime wheel and raspberries

Hayman's Lavender Lady 

Makes 1 cocktail

  • 50ml Hayman's London Dry Gin
  • 20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 10ml locally sourced honey or 20ml honey water
  • 10ml Cointreau
  • 1 medium egg white
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Sprig of lavender for garnish

1. To make the honey water mix equal parts of honey and hot water and stir until mixed
2. Add cubed ice to cocktail shaker
3. Pour the Hayman's London Dry Gin over the ice
4. Add all the remaining ingredients, except the garnish
5. Give all the ingredients a very hard shake and strain into a cocktail glass
6. Garnish with a sprig of lavender

Hayman's Victorian Mojito

Makes 1 cocktail

  • 50ml Hayman's London Dry Gin
  • 25ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • Premium tonic water or soda water
  • Freshly picked mint leaves

1. Fill a highball glass with cracked or crushed ice and a few fresh mint leaves
2. Pour in the Hayman's London Dry Gin
3. Add the lime juice and sugar syrup
4. Churn vigorously ensuring the ingredients are well mixed
5. Top with the tonic water or soda water
6. Garnish with a mint sprig

All of these cocktails are absolutely delicious and refreshing. The Hayman's Victorian Mojito is definitely my favourite and I know I'll be making it a lot over the summer. Let me know if you try any and tell me what you think!

(We received Hayman's gin samples in return for this post.)
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