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Cocktail Ideas

Here are some great cocktail ideas that are both delicious and easy to make with ingredients you’re likely to have at home.

 

Basil Smash

50ml Gin - Hotham's Leeds Dry Gin works best!
25ml lemon juice
25ml sugar syrup (see below for recipe)
6-12 basil leaves

1 Muddle basil leaves in a cocktail shaker
2 Add ice and other ingredients
3 Shake it, baby!
4 Strain into an ice-filled glass
5 Garnish with a basil leaf
6 Take into the garden and enjoy!

Basil Smash

 

Little Country Girl

Great summery drink for when you run out of tonic!

50ml gin, - Hotham's Original or Cardamom Gin work best!
½ lime, cut into quarters
2 tablespoons honey.

1. Muddle the lime and honey in a glass
2. Add the gin and muddle more
3. Transfer to a shaker with ice & shake it, baby!
4. Return to the glass and top with a slice of lime!
5. Prepare to be blown away! - Enjoy!

Little Country Girl


Tom Collins

50ml Gin - Hotham's Cardamom or Leeds Dry Gin work best!
25ml fresh lemon juice
25ml sugar syrup (see below for recipe)
100ml soda water (sparkling water)

1. Add it all to a tall glass with ice.
2. Garnish with a slice of Lemon.
3. Enjoy!

Tom Collins


Gin Julep

50ml Gin - Hotham's Original or Leeds Dry Gin work best!
15ml simple syrup (see below for recipe)
7-8 mint sprigs

1 Muddle in mint with simple syrup - do so gently to release the oils from the mint, not to grind it to a pulp.
2 Put some ice in a bag and wack it with the rolling pin to crush it, then fill the glass.
3 Add your Hotham's Leeds Dry gin and stir.
4 Garnish with a mint sprig or dust with icing sugar.

 

Gin Julep 

 


Sugar Syrup

To make Sugar Syrup put 200g white sugar into a saucepan with 100ml water. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved and it starts to simmer then turn off the heat and allow to cool before using.

Store in a fridge for up to 1 week.

To make Sour Mix - add equal quantities of your Sugar Syrup to citrus juice - Lemon, Lime, whatever.

Now you have a great base for many cocktails! 

Sugar Syrup