Last Days of Summer Cocktails: Gin’s The Word

You’d have to have been asleep for the last ten years to have missed the momentous resurgence that gin is currently enjoying. From once being the perfumed staple of great aunt Meryl’s drink cabinet to every hipster worth his (Himalayan, organic, small batch) salt’s tipple of choice, the spirit has risen through the ranks to become the UK’s drink of choice.

We’ve long been lovers of this most versatile of drinks and in the spirit (sorry) of making the most of the last days of summer we asked Sarah, one half of vintage mobile gin bar, Mother’s Ruin Gin Van, duo to share some of her favourite gin-based cocktails.

All aboard the gin van!

For Weekend Brunching:

Red Snapper

The Red Snapper is to gin what vodka is to the much-loved Bloody Mary. This is one of our best-sellers pre-lunchtime on the van and is a perfect brunch accompaniment for a lazy weekend.  Made with tomato juice and plenty of punch, it’s also ideal for those who may have been, how shall we put it, over-served the night before.

You will need:

(Serves 1)

2 measures gin
Generous squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Dash of Tabasco and Worcestershire Sauce
Tomato juice
Celery salt
Ground black pepper and salt
Cucumber and lemon slices to garnish
Ice
Cocktail shaker

To make:

  • Rub lemon juice around the rim of a high ball glass and dip into a saucer of ground black pepper and salt flakes to create a salt and pepper rim.
  • Add ice, gin, lemon juice, tomato juice, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces to a cocktail shaker and stir well.
  • Pour into the prepared glass over ice.
  • Garnish with cucumber and lemon slices.
  • There, there, that’s better.

For Weekend BBQs and Gatherings:

Gin Rummy Punch

This is our take on the classic rum-based Planter’s Punch. With three citrus fruits and grenadine it’s unashamedly summery and tropical. In our opinion it has weekend written all over it.

You will need:

(Serves 1)

1 measure gin
1 measure dark spiced rum
1.5 measures orange juice
1.5 measures pineapple juice
¾ measure lemon juice
¾ measure grenadine
Splash Angostura bitters
Ice
Orange slices to garnish
Cocktail shaker

To make:

  • Add a generous amount of ice to the cocktail shaker.
  • Pour in the rum, gin, fruit juices and grenadine.
  • Shake hard.
  • Pour into a glass with a slice of orange and dash or two of Angostura bitters.

For The Night Before Back To Work:

Tropicalia

It’s good to have a few fun mocktail recipes up your sleeve.  Grenadine is a non-alcoholic pomegranate syrup that is used to enhance a myriad of cocktails. Its deep red colour turns a regular drink into something a bit more impressive. This recipe is an innocent version of the punch, so it’s an easy addition to the overall drink prep.

You will need:

(Serves 1)

1.5 measures orange juice
1.5 measures pineapple juice
¾ measure grenadine
Cloudy lemonade
Orange slices
Glace cherries
Ice
Cocktail shaker

To make:

  • Add ice to the cocktail shaker.
  • Pour in the orange juice, pineapple juice and grenadine.
  • Shake hard.
  • Pour into a glass and top with lemonade.
  • Garnish with an orange slice and glace cherries.

Are you tempted to give these a try? Comment below and let us know how you get on.

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