We now appear to have a nominated day for celebrating everything, some are pure PR and others to highlight a great cause, the 10th of June is World Gin Day, not the greatest cause but possibly one to enjoy and at least take our minds from other more serious things…..
Here are a few gin recipes to try at home maybe even with some excellent Yorkshire Gin.
Local Lad Tom Venning from the Gin Bar in Skipton, VSQ has made the short list for the Brocktail Gin cocktail competition and could be in with the chance of winning a trip of a lifetime to New Orleans, got to be worth our vote. The Flaming Venom is his creation for the competition.
The Flaming Venom, V.SQ
Bartender: Tom Venning Ingredients: 50ml Brockmans 25ml Violet Liqueur 25ml Curacao Triple Sec 25ml Lime juice Method: Add All ingredients into a Boston shaker, shake and double strain in to a coupe glass. Use half a lime as a lime boat and add 15ml overproof Dark rum to it. Then light and serve! You can vote for Tom by clicking the image below.
Sopwell House G&Tea
In the spirit of World Gin Day, Sopwell House has fused two of the nation’s favourite drinks: tea and gin! Mixing up the classic gin and tonic, Sopwell House’s expert mixologists have created the G&Tea, which has the addition of earl grey tea and grapefruit juice to give it a sophisticated twist.
Stefano Litti, Restaurant and Bars Manager at Sopwell House, reveals one of the hotel’s most popular and unique cocktails so you can give it a try at home.
• 40ml Bathtub Gin
• 20ml Earl Grey Tea (cooled)
• 20ml Grapefruit Juice
Add the gin, cooled tea and grapefruit juice to a cocktail shaker. Shake and serve over ice in a highball glass.
More Gin cocktail recipes from The ‘GINVENTORY’: Wynyard Hall’s chief mixologist.
A worldwide celebration of the juniper-based libation, World Gin Day returns on Saturday for its ninth year of spirited revelry. To celebrate, Wynyard Hall’s Chief Mixologist David Clark has revealed his secret recipes and top-tips for exciting twists on the classic gin mixer, with a collection of sip-sational summer cocktails recipes.
The Lavender Martini
Chill a Martini glass by filling with ice
Take a mixing glass, add;
50ml Poetic Licence Old Tom Gin
12.5ml Dry Vermouth
25ml lavender syrup
2 dashes of orange bitters
Fill the mixing glass with ice
Stir 25 times in each direction to dilute and chill, empty the ice from the Martini glass, strain the liquid into the glass
Garnish with a sprig of lavender
The Wynyard Cooler
Fill a cocktail glass ¾ full with crushed ice, add a few slices of cucumber
In a mixing glass, muddle (stir in) 3 pieces of cucumber and add;
25ml lime juice
25ml elderflower cordial
A dash of sugar syrup & a pinch of salt
Fill the mixing glass with ice and shake, strain the liquid into the cocktail glass and top with Soda Water
Garnish with cucumber Peach & Tarragon Smash
Take a tall glass and fill with ice
In a mixing glass, add;
50ml Bulldog Gin
25ml peach syrup
A sprig of Tarragon
Add ice and shake for 15 seconds
Strain into the tall, ice-filled glass and top with a splash of apple juice
Garnish with a sprig of Tarragon
Blueberry Gin Mojito
Clap fresh mint together (about 6 – 8 leaves) and add to a cocktail glass
3 blueberries and muddle
½ lime (squeezed) and 25ml sugar syrup
Fill ¾ full with crushed ice, add;
Apple juice to the level of ice, and stir
50ml of preferred Gin
25ml Blueberry syrup
Stir again, before topping with crushed ice
Garnish with lime and fresh mint
Top Tipples from David Clark, Wynyard Hall Chief Mixologist
‘Ice is the most important item when making cocktails- you need decent sized cubes that will not melt too quickly and dilute the mixture. A good jigger (measuring device) also goes a long way for getting all the measurements right and creating the perfect cocktail’
‘The glass you drink from is also important. A glass with a smaller radius, such as the traditional high-ball glass, will help to preserve bubbles, keeping your mix fresh and fizzy. A glass can also influence your drinking experience, depending on the desired mood or setting – a Martini glass denotes elegance, whilst a Mason jar gives a casual vibe.’
‘Each gin benefits from a particular garnish. The accompaniment you choose should depend on the brand of gin you are drinking, and the botanicals used in its distillation process. Hendricks Gin is made using cucumbers and rose, therefore cucumber is the perfect addition to The Wynyard Cooler cocktail, as it highlights the gin’s delicate flavours.’ For more information, please visit www.wynyardhall.co.uk