With the second gin craze in full swing we have been bestowed with the gift of amazing craft & artisanal brews that are a god send to gin lovers all over, especially here in Ireland. As we are fast becoming known as an award winning producer of fine craft gins. So to celebrate this gin craze we’ve put together some mouth watering cocktails for you to get the most out of these fine Irish gins.
- 40 ml gin
- 20 ml sugar syrup
- 20 ml lemon juice
- 10 ml crème de mure
- Berries or lemon zest for garnish
Take a large measure of dry gin and shake together with the lemon and sugar syrup, pour over crushed ice and drizzle the crème de mure through the drink. Garnish with a lemon zest or some fresh seasonal berries. We recommend you try this cocktails using the Glendalough Seasonal Gin (if you can get your hands on it as they never produce more that 3000 each season), as it contains complimentary fruity botanical notes to the winter season.
Elderflower & Rosemary Collins
- 40 ml gin
- 20 ml elderflower liqueur
- 20 ml fresh lemon juice
- 1 dash of orange bitters
- Soda water
- Lemon twist and torched rosemary, to garnish
Add everything except the soda water into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake. Add the soda water and then strain into an iced Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon twist and a torched rosemary sprig (to give off the rosemary aroma while drinking it). For this cocktail we’d recommend Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, with it’s unique blend of oriental and Irish botanicals they bring depths of flavour to this delicious cocktail.
Sloe gin fizz
- 45 ml Sloe Gin
- 1/2 (squeezed) lemon juice
- 25 ml Simple syrup
- Splash Club soda
Add all the ingredients except the club soda to a shaker and fill with cracked ice. Shake, and strain into a highball or Collins glass filled with fresh cubed ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a lemon half-wheel and a cherry. We recommend using Bertha’s Revenge Sloe Gin for this cocktail as it is fabulously sweet, smooth warming gin.
- 50 ml gin,
- 25 ml cordial (we used elderflower)
A classic and for very good reason, gimlet is a simple cocktail that needs a good quality gin in order for the flavour to shine through. This ratio of two parts gin to one part cordial dances in the glass. Stir down, pour into a glamorous coupe and garnish how you please. I enjoy a slapped sage leaf. You can mix things up with different cordials too depending on your mood or the season, rhubarb cordial also works beautifully for a seasonal taste. We recommend Mór Irish Gin, for a gimlet as it is pure in taste and bold in simple flavours.
So those are our picks for gin cocktails that are well worth trying, for more info on some of the Irish gins featured in this article, please click here.