8 easy to make gin cocktail recipes for World Gin Day 2017

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    8 easy to make gin cocktail recipes for World Gin Day 2017
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    Get the cocktail making set put because it is World Gin Day today.

    The best gin in the UK comes from Brighton

    If you aren’t heading out to celebrate, there are plenty of easy gin cocktails you can make at home.

    From a simple gin martini to a vintage gimlet, all you’ll need for many of these recipes is a bottle of gin, some citrus and sugar syrup.

    Enjoy!

    1) Tom Collins

    Ingredients

    45ml London Dry gin
    20ml fresh lemon juice
    20ml Sugar syrup
    Soda water

    The classic Tom Collins dates back to 1876 and is thought to have been invented by waiter john Collins in London’s Limmer Hotel.

    To make, add all the ingredients except the sparkling water to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice, Strain into a high ball glass filled with ice, then top up with soda water. Garnish with lemon slice with a cherry in the centre (a flag). Full method is on Sipsmith classic cocktails.

    2) Bee’s Knees

    Ingredients

    50ml gin (Bathtub or Tanqueray No10 ideally)
    2 teaspoons of honey
    20ml fresh lemon juice
    20ml fresh orange juice

    This gin cocktail has its origins with prohibition in America, with honey added to sweeten the taste of poor quality gin, distilled in a bathtub.

    Add the honey to the gin in the cocktail shaker and stir until it dissolves. Then add in the lemon, orange and ice. Garnish with an orange zest.

    3) Gin Martini

    Ingredients

    2 part gin (Number 3 London Dry Gin ideally)
    1 part vermouth (ideally Noilly Prat Original Dry)

    The key here is to make sure the glass is well chilled with ice beforehand. Pour the ingredients into a well iced cocktail shaker or jug and stir. Serve with an olive, lemon or orange zest. Full method on Jamie Oliver’s Drinks Tube.

    4) Silver Gin Fizz

    60ml gin
    30ml fresh lemon juice
    1 teaspoon caster sugar or 20ml sugar syrup
    1 egg white
    30ml Soda Water
    Slice of lemon

    The Silver gin fizz is like a Tom Collins without the ice and with some egg white to make it silky in texture. Shake up all the ingredients (bar the soda water) in a cocktail shaker and strain into a glass (no ice). Add the soda water. No garnish. Full method on Liquor.com.

    5) Gimlet

    60ml gin (ideally Plymouth)
    60ml Rose’s lime juice cordial
    Lime wedge

    Gimlets are a classic cocktail, thought to have originated as a drink to prevent scurvy in sailors.

    Pour the gin and the lime into a glass filled with ice, add the lime wedge as a garnish. Full method on TheKitchn.com

    6) Moll Cocktail

    Ingredients

    45ml dry gin
    30ml vermouth
    30ml sloe gin
    Several dashes of angostura Bitters

    The Moll is named after the Daniel Defoe character Moll Flanders. Mix up all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled martini glass. Full method on the Jolly Bartender.

    7) The Fitzgerald

    Ingredients

    40ml dry gin
    20ml fresh lemon juice
    20ml Sugar syrup
    2 dashes of Angostura Bitters

    The Fitzgerald was invented by Dale Degroff at the Rainbow Room in New York.

    Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Serves in a chilled or well-iced glass. Garnish with thin slice of lemon or lemon zest. Full method on the Cocktail Enthusiast website.

    8) Aviation

    Ingredients

    50ml gin (Aviation gin or Bombaby Sapphire recomended)
    15ml freshly-squeezed lemon juice
    15ml maraschino liqueur
    10ml creme de violette 

    Shake well and strain in a glass. Add a cherry or lemon zest as a garnish. Full method from the Gin Foundary.

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