Entries in gin (20)


negroni tredici

the negroni is one of my favourite drinks, not least because i love campari and all its bitterness. i think this links back to my childhood – i remember my mum drinking campari and soda and me being allowed, when we were on holiday at the lake, having a small splash in my lemonade (which obviously smoothed out all its rough edges) and feeling very sophisticated.

this is a different take on a negroni – quantities of all the ingredients are altered and the campari is reduced significantly while cynar, an artichoke-based bitters, is added.

cynar has a much richer flavour and the drinks reflects this – being smooth, richer and less refreshing than a negroni. i think this version is probably also good as a digestif, perhaps an alternative to my favourite old fashioned. interestingly, both the campari and cynar flavours come through despite the relatively small quantities used.

for each drink, stir with ice, 2 shots gin, 1 shot red vermouth, ¼ shot cynar, ¼ shot campari and a lemon zest twist. strain, discarding the lemon twist and serve over ice with an orange wedge for garnish. 



not a drink that is asking you to "hold the mayonnaise", rather a delicious combination of aperol, st germain (elderflower liqueur) and fizz which, according to the pufferies of the st germain recipe writer, is “much like affaires de l’amour this cocktail will help you tolerate all that is bitter and sweet.”

combine, in a shaker, 1 ½ shot gin or vodka, ¾ shot of st germain (or you could use elderflower cordial), ½ shot aperol and ½ shot of lemon juice. shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe. finish with a float of fizz (we used cava, the recipe calls for champagne) and garnish with an orange peel.


sicilian negroni

this twist on a negroni is a lovely refreshing drink, and easy to make too – equal portions of gin, campari and fresh orange juice (in place of the red vermouth that is in a classic negroni) are stirred together and served over ice with a twist of orange. orange and campari are a good pairing and this still has a good amount of bitterness to it, although the flavour is less complex than a negroni. a nice lower-alcohol option for a hot day.


summer lav’in’


this drink was inspired by the roasted apricots with lavender that i made last weekend. in each glass, place ¼ shot of (homemade) lavender gin and ½ a shot of apricot brandy. top with fizz, stir and garnish with a twist of orange zest.


lavender martini

so, we finally tried the lavender gin that i made - it’s impressive stuff. one week for the dried lavender flowers to infuse is ample as the resulting gin has a very strong lavender flavour, which means that it needs to be “diluted” with normal gin in this drink. 

to make a lavender martini, shake with ice, 1 shot lavender gin, 1 shot gin, ½ shot of dry vermouth, ½ shot of sugar syrup and 2 dashes of orange bitters. strain into a chilled martini glass and serve garnished with a twist of orange.