The 7 Gin Cocktails You Haven’t Heard of… Until Now!
…perhaps because too good to spread the word 😉
If you are a cocktail lover, you’ll know that every drink changes when using a different brand of base spirit. These Peacocktails are particularly delicious because all the flavours to work perfectly together when made with Pickering’s gin but feel free to experiment and make them using another of your favourite gins too!
The General Gammell
- 50ml Pickering’s gin
- 25ml fresh lime juice
- 20ml raspberry syrup
- Top with Ginger Beer (the more fiery, the better – we like Bundaberg or Double Dutch)
- Crushed ice
Shake the first 3 ingredients with ice, then strain into an ice filled Collins glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with a lime wedge and a raspberry.
The Tom Collins was invented in a New York bar and how it came to being is quite the story! Read about it on Pickering’s website…
- 25ml Pickering’s Gin
- 25ml Campari
- 25ml Lavender Vermouth
Pour everything in an ice-filled rocks glass and stir gently for 45 seconds to 1 minute. Garnish with a pink grapefruit twist.
The regular Negroni is the bomb, this one is a double bomb! Pickerings shares the recipe they use to make their lavender Vermouth and you NEED to try it! They mix dried lavender with Vermouth Bianco at a ratio of 10:1 vermouth to flowers. Leave it to macerate for at least 48 hours then strain out the flowers. This Negroni uses the classic 1:1:1 ratio but the infused Vermouth lends a floral sharpness and burnt vanilla flavour to the overall drink!
- 50ml Pickering’s Gin 1947
- 25ml Lime Juice
- 25ml Sugar Syrup
- 7-8 Mint Leaves
- SPLASH Prosecco
Add everything to an ice-filled shaker and shake vigourously for 20-25 seconds. Double strain into a well-chilled coupette/martini glass and top with dry prosecco. Garnish with a fresh mint leaf.
The original version of this drink also has an interesting history. It dates back to the prohibition days in Chicago when rival gangs ran Speakeasys all across the city. While on the north side of town, the gangsters drank their gin with ginger ale, on the south side – particularly at the ’21 Club’ – they drank a mixture of lime, sugar, mint and gin which became known as… the Southside!
Prince Albert Fizz
- 25ml Pickering’s Navy Strength Gin
- 5ml Absinthe (French works best)
- 20ml Sugar Syrup
- 25ml Lemon Juice
- TOP with Prosecco
Line the glass with the fizz and allow to settle. Add the gin, absinthe, lemon and sugar then top up with more prosecco. Stir VERY gently to incorporate all the ingredients then garnish with a lemon twist.
Based on the French 75 recipe, the cocktail that got its name because the gin was said to give a “kick like being shelled by a French 75 millimetre artillery piece”.
Early French 75 recipes call for absinthe, which Pickerings like to mix in to really bring out the fennel and anise in the gin. They replaced the champagne with dry prosecco and TAH DAH!
The P’s Knees
- 50ml Pickering’s Original 1947 Gin
- 25ml Lemon Juice
- 25ml Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
- 15ml Honey (or 25ml of 2:1 honey water)
Dissolve the honey in the juice and then add everything to an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously for 20-25 seconds, double strain into a well-chilled coupette/martini glass and garnish with an orange twist.
If you have the chance to make this with homemade honey it will taste a whole lot better! Using lemon and orange juice is a fantastic way to bring out the wonderful floral notes of both the honey and our Original 1947 Gin.
- 35ml Pickering’s Gin
- Juice of 1/2 Orange
- 10ml Rosso Vermouth
- 10ml Dry Vermouth
- 5ml Sugar Syrup
Add everything to an ice-filled shaker and shake vigorously for 20-25 seconds. Double strain into a well-chilled coupette. Garnish with twisted orange peel.
The better version of Manhattan, gin based.
Ice Cold(Press) In Alex
- 30ml Pickering’s Original 1947 Gin
- 20ml White Crème de Cacao
- 25ml Coldbrew Coffee
- 40ml Sweet Cream
- 5ml Egg White
Add everything to a shaker and shake hard for 20-25 seconds. Add ice and shake again for 20-25 seconds. Strain into a well-chilled coupette/martini glass and garnish with grated nutmeg and cinnamon.
Using cold press coffee that works beautifully with the cardamom and spice flavours found in Pickering’s Original 1947 Gin. The egg white adds extra lightness on the finish. The name for the Pickering’s version is a play on the title of a 1958 British was film starring Sir John Mills, called ‘Ice Cold in Alex’. Obviously.
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