• how to make elderflower syrup
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    Elderflower Syrup

    Elderflowers have a sweet musky aroma that is so distinctive. They pop up as a botanical in a number of gins where they add a surprisingly exotic floral note for such modest little flowers. Elderflower is a lovely fragrant syrup to add to your G&T or home cocktails. It's easy to make too.

  • Martinez cocktail
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    The Martinez cocktail is the grandmother of the martini, emerging some time in the latter half of the 19th Century. A riff on the whisky-based Manhattan, it first appeared in print in O.H. Byron’s 1884 The Modern Bartender as a footnote to the more popular whisky cocktail. Originally the Martinez called for Dutch genever but for a long time now has been made with London Dry gin. Jerry Thomas’ 1887 Bar-tenders Guide lists Old Tom as the main ingredient. This recipe uses Thomas’ Old Tom gin which I think gives it a softer more balanced ‘ginny’ profile. I’m also not very fond of the malty genever. But if that is…

  • Saigon Cooler
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    Saigon Cooler

    The Saigon Cooler is a long, rich raspberry and gin cocktail, refreshing and fruity with the perfect balance of sweet and sour notes. The combination of lime and raspberries is an intriguing one, and the tart addition of cranberry juice balances the sweetness of the raspberry liqueur.