5 Gin Cocktails to Make This Weekend

Let the weekend be gin

It might World Gin Day on the 12th June, but we like to drink these awesome gin cocktails all year round. These cocktails will get your weekend going!

Watercress Gin Fizz

This ledge was created for Winchester Distillery by the Twisted London crew, using their beautifully bottled Twisted Nose Gin. They use fresh watercress from the Hampshire countryside which offers a delicate sweetness and peppery kick to the London Dry gin base.

 You will need...

  • 50ml Twisted Nose Watercress Gin
  • 50ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 15ml freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 10ml Honey 
  • 1 egg white (or a vegan alternative)
  • 30ml soda water

Method: Add all ingredients (except soda unless you wanna make a mess) in a shaker & shake hard without ice. Then add ice & shake again. Strain the shaken cocktail carefully over the soda in a highball before garnishing with watercress sprig. Serve immediately. Get ready to rock a tasty white 'tash.

Imagery by Julie Skelton for Twisted Nose Gin 

Tropical Martini

This Martini tastes just like those holidays you were meant to be going on this Summer. Porter's have cold-distilled botanicals of passion fruit, guava and white tea and added them to a classic, juniper-forward Old Tom style gin to make a fruity, juicy and tropical gin that we LOVE. Pairs well with a Hawaiian shirt.

You will need...

Method: Stir with ice, strain into a chilled martini glass (pop it in your freezer for about 10 minutes) and garnish with a discarded lemon coin. Simply perfect. 

Betty's Summer Cup

It ain't summer without a few torrential downpours and several glasses of Pimms, right? The Botanist have taken the classic British Summer-time drink, done away with the faff of chopped strawberries and sliced cucumber and pimped it up with their beautifully botanical Islay gin. You can save those strawbs for your next rained-off picnic.

You will need...

  • 40ml The Botanist Gin
  • 30ml Pimms
  • 30ml lime juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • 4-5 mint leaves

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake well. Fine strain into a cocktail glass then garnish with a mint leaf. Cheers! 

Pink Marmalade G&T

Yeah yeah, you've had a G&T before. You've had hundreds of G&Ts before. But have you ever had a G&T that changes colour as you build it? Nah, didn't think so. This Pink Marmalade Gin starts majestically turns from a cool blue to a subtle rose pink as you add tonic. If you tell us your mouth doesn't drop when you see it, we'll call you a liar.

You will need...

  • 50ml Pink Marmalade Gin
  • 150ml Fever-Tree Tonic
  • Pink grapefruit slice & rosemary sprig to garnish.

Method: Fill a balloon glass with plenty of ice and pour in your gin. Get your camera ready. Pour over the tonic and watch the magic happen. Add your garnishes, take more photos, drink. 

Kitchen Cupboard Gin Smash

Sometimes making a cocktail is all about improv, baby! You just need a banging idea or helping hand. The chaps behind Mother Mercy Bar in Newcastle are offering themselves & their team up as your very own Lockdown Cocktail Fairy God-brothers & sisters. Their "Mother Knows Best" service will answer recipe questions, offer tips & spirits recs to those who need help with recipe inspo via WhatsApp, like this improvised Kitchen Cupboard Smash.

You will need...

  • 50ml gin (dealers choice)
  • 20ml lemon juice
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • A bunch of fresh herbs you might find in your garden (Basil, rosemary, mint)
  • Some seasonal fruit - strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes... whatever you've got in your fridge (but if you're really stuck then tinned peaches will do)

Method: Build all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. DONE and DONE. Smashing.