Let the weekend be-gin!

Gin time! Yes, it’s hot and it’s Friday and no one needs an excuse to mix up some delicious drinkies.

From the classic dry martini to hair-of-the-dog snapper. Grab your favourite gin – ideally a London dry; the fruity and floral ones’ flavour might get lost in the mix.

So let’s get mixing!

Dry martini

Shaken or stirred, this on is always a classic. However, if you prefer a less diluted drink, go with stirred, as the shaking breaks off slivers of ice that make their way to the drink.

dry gin martini

You need 2 – 4 splashes of vermouth and a tot of London dry gin. Mix as prefered and strain/pour into a martini glass.

Garnish with three olives and enjoy.

Gin and juice

gin and juice

Easy mixing, easy drinking.

Combine a tot of gin with 125 ml orange and pineapple juice in a shaker filled with ice.

Add a squeeze of lime, give it a good shake and serve.

French 75

This is one of my favourites. Usually served in champagne flutes, the more important element of this cocktail is good quality bubbles.

french 75 gin cocktail

Pop this into your shaker:

Shake it up and pour it into your glass. Top up with bubbles.

Berry fizz

berry fizz gin

Similar to the French 75, this drink has a fruity twist.

Pour half a tot of your favourite gin into a champagne flute, followed by four (4) tots of MCC.

Top up with berry juice and sip happily.

Summer fizz

summer gin fizz

Squeeze half a lemon into a shaker and add a handfull of fresh raspberries.

Pour in a tot of gin and half a tot of simple syrup.

Give it a good shake, strain into a glass with ice, top up with soda and garnish.

That should take the heat off the day.

Pear fizz

pear gin fizz

Mash up half a pear and half a lemon. Place this in a shaker with a tot of gin, half a tot of simple syrup and ice.

After a good shake, strain it into a glass and top up with ice and soda.

A sprig of thyme and edible flowers rounds this off nicely.

Quatro

gin quatro

Understated and classy.

Fill a glass with ice and place a slice of lemon on top.

Pour a tot of gin and 125 ml of tonic water over the ice.

Swipe a slice of lime around the rim and pop it into the drink.

Swirl and serve!

Gin snapper

gin snapper

The not-Bloody-Mary. In your shaker, combine:

  • 1 tot gin
  • 2 large dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 splash of Tabasco sauce
  • 1 lemon’s juice
  • 125 ml tomato juice
  • A sprinkle of salt and pepper
  • Ice

Shake it all together and pour into a highball glass.

Garnish as you feel necessary 😉

Let me know which of these cocktails you’re making this weekend and what gin you used. Cheers!

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