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5 Fabulously Festive Gin Cocktails

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The Christmas season is here and I have put together 5 festive gin cocktails to suit all occasions.

 

To kick off the party is a cranberry riff on the French 75, followed by the Christmas Velvet Alexander combining gin and granny’s favourite advocaat, then a sophisticated Martinez, a fruitily refreshing Saigon Cooler and finally, a warming gin Hot Toddy.

 

Cranberry French 75

Cranberry French 75

A party classic the French 75 is the perfect festive fizz. I’ve substituted the usual lemon juice with cranberry juice for a French that’s even more in keeping with the Christmas season.

Ingredients:

45ml London Dry Gin

15ml cranberry juice

5ml simple syrup

75ml champagne

Method:

Add first 3 ingredients to a shaker with ice.

Shake.

Fine strain into a champagne flute.

Top with champagne.

Garnish with fresh cranberries.

 

 

Christmas Velvet Alexander

Christmas Velvet Alexander

I love advocaat and not just in the ubiquitous Snowball (although I love that too). Advocaat deserves a better reputation than it has of being a drink only fit for your granny. This take on the Velvet Alexander created by Simon Difford in October 2011 at Cabinet Room, London does just that. It is Christmas in a coupe glass.

Ingredients:

45ml Advocaat

45ml London Dry Gin

22.5ml Fino sherry

Method:

Shake all ingredients in a shaker with ice.

Fine strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Twist orange zest over the top then discard.

Grate nutmeg over the top for garnish.

 

 

Martinez

Martinez

This sophisticated cocktail is fruity and sweeter than usual by using Old Tom Gin. Perfect for sipping at midnight to see in the New Year.

Ingredients:

60ml Old Tom Gin

15ml Rosso sweet vermouth

7.5ml extra dry vermouth

3.8ml maraschino liqueur

1 dash Angostura bitters

Method:

Stir all ingredients over ice in a shaker.

Fine strain into a chilled martini or coupe glass.

Garnish with a twist of orange zest. Rub it first round the rim of the glass.

 

 

Saigon Cooler

Saigon Cooler

This long sweet and sour drink is perfect when you feel you have overindulged and want something sharp and fruity.

Ingredients:

60ml London Dry Gin

15ml Chambord black raspberry liqueur

15ml lime juice

90ml cranberry juice

7 raspberries

Method:

Muddle the raspberries in a shaker.

Add the other ingredients.

Add a dash of simple syrup if you like your cocktails sweet.

Shake with ice.

Fine strain into an ice-filled Collins glass.

Garnish with raspberries (frozen will do if you can’t get fresh).

 

 

Gin Hot Toddy

Gin Hot Toddy

Oranges and Christmas go together like well, gin and tonic. This recipe combines them both. Choose a botanically rich juniper-forward gin for this recipe to get the best flavour. Navy Strength gins are well suited to a Hot Toddy.

Ingredients:

45ml London Dry Gin

22ml fresh orange juice

60ml hot water

1 tsp honey

Method:

Add all ingredients together in a toddy glass.

Stir with a cinnamon stick.

 

 

Cheers!

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