Yes we love gin, yes we love the summer and so we’re a little mad about any type of refreshing summer cocktails especially those that have mint in them! So we’ve found our 5 favourite summer gin cocktails which contain mint (and often cucumber) and put them all in one place for you to look through and decide which (if not all) to make.
With rocketing popularity of the iconic Italian spirit Campari plus gin revolution that has been occurring over the passed few years, the Negroni is now seen on most London cocktail bars. Bitter but sweet, simple yet complex and still so refreshing – it’s no wonder this historic drink has experienced a revival.
To stir one up at home, follow our recipe below for the perfect Negroni.
A brief history of the Negroni
The Negroni is an adaptation itself – of the Americano, a simple blend of Campari, vermouth and soda. Story goes that the drink was invented in Florence in 1919 when Count Negroni asked for a slug of gin in his Americano in place of the soda. So the aromatic Negroni was born, and was swiftly adopted by Italians as a pre-dinner drink, or a palate-cleansing settler for after dinner.
Perhaps the simplest of cocktails with such minimal ingredients yet having said that there are numerous ways to serve your martini – shaken, stirred, dirty, dry. Not to mention temperature, ratios or the garnish debate. I believe the real secret lies in the quality of the ingredients, but each and every person seems to have their own special formula. Here’s how we think the martini is done best:
Here’s 5 recipes that will get you drinking/eating gin and tonic like never before…
Gin and Tonic Popsicles
Ice lollies for adults. Forget gin on rocks with slice of cucumber, lick it off the stick and you won’t even notice you got yourself drunk.
These are so great for a sunny summers day and not hard to make. Why not make a batch now so they are ready for when the sun comes out.
- 350g fresh white currants
- ½ cup sugar
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 cup gin
- ½l water
- 1 sliced lemon
- 1 sliced cucumber
Simmer the the white currants and sugar with about ½ a cup of water for 8-10 mins. Leave to cool. Strain, and push pulp through sieve to remove seeds. Add the lemon juice, gin and water. Pour into the popsicle mould (if you don’t have one then plastic champagne glasses work well – probably about 7-8) insert cucumber or lemon slices and freeze for at least 5 hours.
Spring is on it’s way and there’s nothing I enjoy more on a sunny day that a classic Gin and Tonic cocktail, however we’ve covered this previously with ‘The Perfect Serve‘ so now we are here to share a few other gin cocktail recipes for you to try with you’re favourite gin.
- 50ml gin
- 30ml lemon juice
- 10ml sugar syrup
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 an egg white (optional)
- Chilled soda water, quantity to taste
Most of you gin drinkers can pretty much be divided into one of two sides – those who support the lemon, and those who defend the lime!
However, lately the list of potential garnishes for you G&T has grown, and we are now faced with a seemingly endless array of options, creating the perfect Gin and Tonic is more complicated than it sounds…
I simply love the sound of ice clinking against the glass and the fizz of the tonic as you pour yourself a drink at the end of a long day..
But there is so much more to a G&T than just being a refreshingly boozy offering that involves a shot of Gordon’s, topped with Schweppes Slimline tonic and maybe a slice of lemon if it’s there. Here’s how to make a perfect G&T every time: