From the perfect Gin and Tonic to pink gin cocktails that brighten up anyone’s day, we have put together a selection of our favourite classic cocktails for your post-lockdown garden parties. It’s time to embrace the ginvolution with gusto (and moderation of course…).

The Perfect Gin and Tonic

It might only have two ingredients but this classic cocktail needs your undivided attention to get the balance right.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Thomas Dakin gin
  • 4 ounces tonic water
  • Lime wheels, Cucumber or sprig of mint to garnish
  • Ice

Method:

  1. Fill a highball glass with two large ice cubes
  2. Add gin
  3. Top with the tonic water and gently stir
  4. Garnish 

Classic Gin Martini

Channel your inner James Bond with a Classic Martini - shaken, not stirred of course.

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice
  2. Add gin and vermouth
  3. Shake (don't stir) for about 30 seconds
  4. Strain into martini glass
  5. Garnish with olive or lemon twist and serve

Hanky Panky

Named after a celebrated actor who exclaimed that the drink was “the real hanky panky” at the Savoy’s American Bar in the 1920s, this cocktail really does get your knickers in a twist.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces Greenall’s Gin
  • 1 ½ ounces sweet vermouth
  • 2 dashes Fernet-Branca
  • Twist of orange rind to garnish
  • Ice cubes

Method:

  1. Add the ice, gin, sweet vermouth and Fernet-Branca to a cocktail shaker or mixing glass
  2. Stir until well-chilled
  3. Strain into a chilled Martini glass
  4. Garnish with an orange rind twist

French 75

Because what’s not to like about gin and Champagne? 

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Combine gin, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker
  2. Fill shaker with ice, cover, and shake vigorously for about 20 seconds until the outside of shaker is very cold
  3. Strain into a large flute or Champagne saucer
  4. Top with Champagne
  5. Garnish with lemon twist

The Gin-Gin Mule

Traditionally thought of as a vodka cocktail, this modern take on the Moscow Mule has everything that both gin and vodka cocktail drinkers love. 

Ingredients:

  • 8 mint leaves
  • ¾ ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 ½ ounces Greenall’s London Dry Gin
  • 4-5 ounces ginger beer (enough to fill)
  • Mint sprig, to garnish
  • Ice

Method:

  1. Add the mint leaves, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and crush well to release the flavours
  2. Add the gin
  3. Fill shaker with ice
  4. Shake well
  5. Strain into a highball glass or copper cup filled with fresh ice
  6. Top up with ginger beer
  7. Garnish with a sprig of mint

Gin Fizz

The frothy, fizzy, protein-charged cousin of the Tom Collins. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Bloom London Dry Gin
  • ¾ ounce​ fresh lemon or lime juice
  • ¾  ounce simple syrup
  • 2 ounces soda water (or enough to fill)
  • Lemon peel to garnish
  • Optional: 1​ egg white 
  • 3-4 Ice cubes

Method:

  1. Add the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white (if using) to a cocktail shaker 
  2. Dry-shake (without ice) for about 15 seconds
  3. Add 3 or 4 ice cubes and shake vigorously until well-chilled (about 20 seconds)
  4. Double-strain into a chilled Collins glass
  5. Top with soda water

Pink Gin Fizz

Why just have just pink when you can have pink and fizzy? 

Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ ounces of Bloom Jasmine and Rose Gin
  • 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce of sugar syrup
  • ¼ ounce of Grenadine syrup
  • 3 ounces of soda water to fill
  • Strawberries, raspberries and lemon wedge to garnish
  • Ice

Method:

  1. Put some large ice cubes to a cocktail shaker
  2. Add the gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and grenadine to the shaker
  3. Shake well
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice
  5. Top off with soda water
  6. Garnish with fresh fruit and a lemon wedge

White Lady

A White Lady isn't just for Christmas. Enjoy this summer twist on a seasonal favourite.

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Add the gin, triple sec, lemon juice, sugar syrup, egg white (if using) and ice into a cocktail shaker
  2. Shake until the outside of the shaker feels very cold (around 20-30 seconds)
  3. Strain 
  4. Discard the ice, then return the drink to the shaker and shake again until the egg white is frothy
  5. Pour into a coupe 
  6. Garnish with a twist of lemon zest to serve

Sloe Gin Negroni

Our Sloe Gin Negroni has all the hallmarks of the original but is sweeter than a classic version. Add a splash of London Dry to make it less sweet.

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Fill a mixing glass three-quarters full with ice 
  2. Add the Sloe Gin, London Dry Gin if using, Campari and Sweet Vermouth.
  3. Stir gently until fully chilled
  4. Garnish with a twist of orange zest

Elderflower, Blueberry and Cucumber Gimlet

Be as cool as a cucumber with this year round summer Elderflower gin cocktail. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ ounces Greenall’s Blueberry Gin
  • 1 ounce St. Germain liqueur
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • One 2” piece of peeled cucumber, quartered lengthwise and cut crosswise into ¼″ thick pieces 
  • Thinly sliced cucumber round to garnish
  • Ice

Method:

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  • Add the gin, St. Germain and lime juice
  • Add the cucumber pieces and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds
  • Strain the cocktail into a martini glass
  • Garnish with a slice of cucumber
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