World Gin Day – The best gin cocktails everyone needs to make this summer
Whatever you’ve been up to this week, good news, we’ve made it to the weekend - and to top it all off it’s World Gin Day, too!
We’ve teamed up with What’s Katie Doing to bring you three delicious gin cocktail recipes. With a little something for everyone, you can celebrate the day in style, whatever your taste.
French 75 with Maclean’s Something Blue Gin
Hailing from Scotland, Maclean’s make their gin a different way to most. They cold compound the spirit with the botanicals to get the flavouring (rather than heating and distilling). This means that their gins are more delicate in flavour and are coloured. Something Blue, as the name suggests, is blue from Butterfly pea flowers and also changes colour when mixed with tonic.
It was originally created for founders Colin and Jessica’s wedding and also contains their favourite botanicals – tonka bean and buchu leaf - think vanilla notes and blackcurrant leaf with floral lavender and violet.
This gin is perfect for a celebration and what better way to kick off the #WorldGinDay celebrations than a French 75 cocktail:
- 50ml Maclean’s Something Blue
- 25ml sugar syrup (or 1.5 tsp icing/powdered sugar)
- ½ a freshly squeezed lemon
- Champagne or prosecco to top up
- Lemon peel twist or rose petals to garnish
- Shake the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup with ice in a shaker (or jam jar – anything with a lid!)
- Strain into your champagne glass and top up slowly with champagne.
- Garnish with rose petals or a classic lemon peel twist.
Pink Gin Sour with Manly Spirits Lilly Pilly gin
If that’s not fancy enough for you and you like sour flavours, then why not try a Pink Gin Sour. Hailing from Manly beach Australia, Manly Spirits will put the ‘world’ into your World Gin Day celebrations! Their Lilly Pilly gin is a beautiful shade of pink from macerating with raspberries, and also contains the very typical tart Lilly Pilly berry that is native to Australia.
This recipe is vegan friendly using aquafaba (chickpea ‘juice’) rather than egg whites that can be used to create the fabulous foam top on this cocktail.
- 50ml Manly Spirits Lilly Pilly gin
- 25ml lemon juice
- 15ml sugar syrup
- 15ml aquafaba (the juice from the tin of chickpeas – an egg white can be used for non-vegan version)
- 3-5 drops of angostura bitters to garnish
- Shake all ingredients in a shaker really well without ice (to create the foam).
- Add ice and shake briefly until chilled.
- Strain into a glass and garnish with 3-5 drops of angostura bitters (run a cocktail pick through to get a pretty pattern).
Negroni Spritz with No Nonsense gin
Perfect for the hot weather we’ve been having, the Negroni Spritz will transport you briefly to the coast of Italy and summer holidays that alas are not likely this year. More of a bitter fan’s cocktail, this takes a classic negroni of equal parts gin, bitter and sweet red vermouth and lengthens it into a spritz drink that will satisfy on the hottest of days.
No Nonsense gin was launched during lockdown as a brand sold direct to consumers and you can buy a bottle for £25.95 including postage and packing. As well as being keenly priced it’s a quality gin with loads of lovely juniper and can stand up to the combination of bitters and vermouth in this cocktail. Doppelganger Aperitivo from Doghouse Distillery is another great craft brand and has lovely orange notes that work in this serve.
- 20ml No Nonsense gin
- 25ml Doppleganger Aperitivo (you can use Campari or Aperol as alternatives)
- 25ml Sweet red vermouth
- Soda to top
- Orange slice to garnish
- Take a large wine glass and fill with ice.
- Add the gin, vermouth and Aperitivo.
- Stir and then top with soda.
- Garnish with a slice of orange.
Give them a try and let us know what you think, and don’t forget to tag us on social media or us #KeepmoatHomes if you remember to take a pic before you have a sip!