Gin Cocktail Time!

I thought we’d do something a little different today and as party time is here I thought I’d share some really simple gin cocktails with you

Gin Slush Puppy

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There are quite a few different versions of this out there with a quite a long list of ingredients, but I tried to keep things simple.  This is the easiest recipe EVER and it only contains 2….yes 2, ingredients!

Ingredients for 2 small but strong servings:

  • 100ml lemonade – I found that a good quality traditional lemonade variety worked best as it had a more intense flavour
  • 50ml gin

Method:

  • Combine the lemonade and gin in a container that’s suitable to be put in the freezer
  • Freeze until semi-solid (ours took about 3.5/4 hours to freeze)
  • Grab a fork and gently break the mixture up so that it resembles that of a Slush Puppie
  • Serve immediately & enjoy!
    • Word of advice – this cannot be kept until the next day…it wasn’t so tasty the following afternoon!!

Bramble Gin & Tonic

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Ingredients for 2 cocktails:

  • 6 blackberries
  • 10 mint leaves (Extra for garnish)
  • Juice of 1 lemon (plus some extra slices for garnish)
  • 1/4 cups syrup (simple*)
  • 50ml of your chosen gin (25ml per cocktail)
  • tonic water
  • ice

Method:

  • In your chosen drinking vessel, add 5 mint leaves, 3 blackberries, plus the juice from 1/2 of lemon and 1 tablespoon of simple syrup*
  • If you’re feeling fancy, use a cocktail muddler to smash the ingredients together – if not the back of a spoon will work equally well!
  • Fill each glass with ice
  • Add a measure (or 2) of gin depending on how strong you like your cocktail
  • Top with tonic water
  • Jazz is up with a slice of lemon, blackberry and some mine leaves.
  • Enjoy!

*to make a simple syrup, it really couldn’t be easier…it’s a 2:1 ratio and a batch can last a good 6 months in a sealed bottle.  Try 2 cups of sugar with 1 cup of water to start with – add it to a saucepan and gently heat until the sugar dissolves.  EASY!!!

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