Gin Cocktail Recipes

One of the most popular searches that bring people to my blog is Gin. I bloody LOVE the stuff! As it’s the weekend, I thought I’d post a few more gin cocktail recipes that I intend to try out very soon. I’ve been staying in a lot lately whilst we save to go away to San Francisco, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a sneaky tipple or two.

Let’s see how these all go down shall we.

Cosmic Granny

1 shot Hendricks Gin
1 shot grand marnier
1 barspoon lime
1 shot Pomegranate

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well for 10-15 secs. Strain into cocktail glass and garnish with an orange twist.

Gin and Tea

60ml Beefeater 24 Gin
75ml chilled English Breakfast Tea
20ml blackberry and lavender shrub (Recipe HERE)
10ml sugar syrup

Pour all ingredients into an ice-filled highball glass. Squeeze a lemon wedge into the glass and discard. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Recipe sourced from the Gin and Tales website.

The 12 ingredients used in Beefeater 24 are:Japanese Sencha Tea, Chinese green tea and then Seville orange peel, grapefruit peel, lemon peel, juniper, coriander seed, liquorice, angelica root, almond and orris root


40ml Gordon’s gin
25ml triple sec
20ml lemon juice|
A raspberry to garnish

Place all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Shake well then strain into a martini glass.
Garnish your Pink Lady with a raspberry.

Serve in a martini glass.

Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic

1 cucumber
1 lime
3 sprigs rosemary
2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
4 oz. tonic water (preferably Q or Fever-Tree)

Peel one half of a cucumber, and slice a lime into eight wedges. In a highball glass, add three slices of peeled cucumber, 1 sprig rosemary, juice from a lime wedge and 1 ounce gin. Muddle with the back of a spoon.

Strain through a mesh strainer into a second highball glass. Add several cubes of ice, and three slices of unpeeled cucumber. Top with remaining gin and tonic, and serve garnished with rosemary sprigs.

Pic & recipe courtesy of  The Kitchn:

Feel free to share your gin recipes with us all. Have you got some favourite gin cocktail recipes?

Gin And Elderflower Cocktails

I used to be able to knock back wine like nobody’s business, but then I hit thirty and it all became at little too much. You know the story… Night out. Drink lots of wine. Sore for days. Ouch! Drastic measures needed to be taken for me and my nights out to go the distance, so I shifted gear and moved onto gin and everything seemed a little less sore.

There is nothing quite like a simple gin and tonic after a hard days work (especially a Hendricks), but when the weekend kicks in I like to shake it up and add a few more flavours to the mix. My current favourite accompaniment to gin is elderflower and I’ve been trying out a few cocktails to find the perfect drink for the weekend…

Gin and elderflower sherbert

Makes 1 large tumbler or split into 2 martini glasses

50ml elderflower cordial
50ml good quality gin
a handful of ice
150ml bitter lemon
a few strips of lemon zest

Mix the elderflower cordial and gin together in a small glass or cup.  Add crushed ice to the glass then pour over the gin mixture. Top with bitter lemon and a few strips of lemon zest. Yum! This is becoming one of my firm favourites.

Gin & Elderflower Cocktails

Lychee Martini

Makes 2 martinis

4 lychees in syrup, from a can
50ml Gin
50ml Vermouth
25ml Lychee syrup

Put 1 lychee into each of 2 cocktail glasses, then place them carefully in the freezer for 20 minutes to get really cold.
Put the remaining lychees into a cocktail shaker, along with a good handful of ice, the lychee syrup, the gin and vermouth. Shake it and strain into cocktail glasses. Drink. Enjoy… Oh, and if you don’t shake too hard you can even eat the remaining lychees.

I adapted to suit my tastebuds  – You may prefer to make it with vodka the Jamie Oliver way.
Picture pinched from Mr Oliver.

Elderflower Martini

Makes 1 Martini

25ml Elderflower cordial
25ml gin
25ml dry vermouth
Juice of half a lime

Add everything to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake it all about and pour into a martini glass. This one really works best with Hendricks gin but you can use any. I find Noilly Prat to be the best vermouth, but that is also down to personal taste.

Now, I’m heading off to go and make one – It is a bank holiday after all!
It would be great to hear some of your favourite gin or elderflower cocktail recipes.