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July 23, 2017 / mintcustard

Summer gin cocktails.

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I haven’t posted much recently at all. I’ve really missed blogging and I’m so glad to be back. I’ve spent the last half term working full time, I had fun doing that but now I’m returning to writing.

In the last two weeks of term I was offered the chance to try a few gin cocktails featuring Hayman’s Gin. To be honest, offering a teacher gin at this point in the year could go one of two ways. Luckily  for me, it was a great way to relax without being hard to get up in the morning in for school.

I made and enjoyed a Hayman’s Victorian Mojito and a Hayman’s English Ruby Fizz.

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Hayman’s English Ruby Fizz.

Hayman’s English Ruby Fizz.

Semi-sweet, refreshing and with an eye-catching pink tint, the English Ruby Fizz is the ideal al fresco cocktail.  The sweet taste of the raspberries partners perfectly with the spicy ginger notes.

Makes: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin
  • 20ml lime juice
  • 10ml sugar syrup or Grenadine
  • 4-8 fresh raspberries (I picked mine from the garden) or raspberry syrup
  • Ginger Ale to top with
  • Lime wheel and fresh raspberries to garnish

 

Method:

  1. Fill a highball glass with plenty of large cubes of ice
  2. Set aside the ginger ale and garnish, and combine all remaining ingredients in a shaker with the ice
  3. Shake well for approximately 12 seconds
  4. Double strain into the highball allowing the liquid to run over the ice
  5. Top with ginger ale
  6. Garnish with a lime wheel and raspberries

Hayman’s Victorian Mojito

Nothing says summer like a sun lounger, a good book and a refreshing minty mojito in the back garden.   The Victorian Mojito combines Hayman’s London Dry Gin with fresh mint and lime juice balanced with sugar syrup to create an ideal English classic.

Makes: 1 cocktail

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin
  • 25ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • Premium tonic water or soda water
  • Freshly picked mint leaves

 

Method:

  1. Fill a highball glass with cracked or crushed ice and a few fresh mint leaves
  2. Pour in the Hayman’s London Dry Gin and let it run down over the ice
  3. Add the lime juice and sugar syrup
  4. Churn vigorously ensuring the ingredients are well mixed
  5. Top with the tonic water or soda water
  6. Garnish with a mint sprig

Both cocktails are light and just right for a warm, balmy summer evening.  Now, If anyone can conjure several of those up in the next week or so I shall be eternally grateful.

I was sent a sample of gin to use to make the cocktails. I was not paid to write this blog post. All photographs are my own. I was not asked to write a positive review.

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