5 Simple Gin Cocktails – Perfect for Christmas Cocktails at Home

With  Christmas drawing closer and everyone starting to plan menus for the holiday season, I thought I would share some Cocktail inspiration!

I’m sure you will all be pouring a few glasses of fizz and making the obvious French 75, or even making hot gin toddys, but what about these overlooked classics?

If you love gin as much as we do at ilovegindotcom, then you are going to love these easy to make cocktails using ingredients you probably have in your fridge or cupboard.

 

Gin Fizzgin fizz 2

  • 50ml gin
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 an egg white (optional)
  • Chilled soda water, quantity to taste

Method

I never tried this with egg white until recently and it really is a game changer!

First of all you need to pour all the ingredients in to a shaker and dry shake (without ice). Then add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a highball glass half-filled with ice cubes. Top up with soda water and garnish with a curl of lemon peel.

 

 

The Bramblebramble

One for when you see the first blackberries appearing in the hedgerows or perhaps you even froze some of your summer foraging. Blackberry liqueur and gin have a natural affinity and I just love it!

  • 40ml gin
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 15ml crème de mure (or homemade blackberry liqueur)
  • 15ml lemon or lime juice
  • Blackberries to garnish

Method

Pour all the liquid ingredients into a rocks glass filled with ice and stir gently, garnishing with a perfect blackberry or two.

 

Bees Kneesbees knees

I don’t know why more people don’t drink this all the time! It’s SO easy and simply delicious.

  • 50ml gin
  • 10ml runny honey (use the best you can)
  • 5ml water
  • 15ml fresh lemon juice

Method

Stir the honey into the water until dissolved to make a syrup. Pour into a cocktail shaker with the gin, lemon juice and a couple of ice cubes. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass – that’s it..now sip this heavenly drink in the British sunshine!

 

Gimletgimlet

A simple, classic cocktail that showcasing the fact that gin and lime are meant to be together!  The original Gimlet was made with Rose’s Lime Cordial, so it’s even easier to make if you have any in your cupboard!  If not, fresh lime juice and sugar syrup are good too!

  • 60ml gin
  • 15ml lime juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • Twist of lime peel to garnish (or lime wedge)

Method

Pour the gin, juice and sugar syrup into a tumble filled with ice. Stir gently, top up with more ice if needed. Garnish with the lime zest.

 

The White Ladywhite lady

A simple and lovely classic drink with a  sour finish.

  • 35ml gin
  • 10ml Grand Marnier (or triple sec)
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup

Fill a shaker with ice and pour in all the ingredients, shale until chilled. Strain into a tall glass.

You can add an egg white to this as with the gin fizz (above) it adds a velvety texture – make sure to dry shake the ingredients first to froth up the egg white before adding ice.

 

So there you have it, 5 quick and simple gin cocktails which are perfect for the Christmas festivities!   Let us know how you get on making them – just tag @ilovegindotcom in your photos!

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