Classic Hayman’s Gin cocktails with an Englishness summer twist

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We are in the middle of summer and even if the weather hasn’t really been that generous with us here in Britain, there is always a good reason to take the bottle of gin out of our personal minibar and treat ourselves to a refreshing cocktail.

Gin has been around for ages and looking into its history we can see that at some point it the 17th century it was the most popular drink in England. So popular than the beer producers have campaigned against it, blaming it for immoral social behaviour. You see, back then the water was not drinkable and with the price of gin being so low, half of the drinking places in London were gin shops.

A lot of things have changed since then and today gin is probably the most exciting spirit on the market due to its botanical infusions which give so much flavour to the spirit. And what a better way of tasting these flavours than in a cocktail?

Today I want to talk to you about the benefits of drinking gin but also give you three cocktail recipes created by Hayman’s London Dry Gin. First of all, the primary botanical without which the gin wouldn’t exist, is juniper. Did you know that people take juniper supplements because of their medicinal proprieties? Why not just drink gin instead? I’m joking! 🙂 But seriously, gin was initially produced as a herbal medicine for kidney problems, stomach pain and gout.

Because of all the botanicals in it, gin can help fight infection, prevent heart disease and improve blood circulation. Because of the antioxidants from juniper, gin also helps your body regenerate cells faster, resulting in a healthier looking skin (and less wrinkles).

The botanicals are very important because they are responsible for the gin’s flavour and character. Hayman’s London Dry Gin selects the botanicals by hand and uses 10 different ones in a balanced family recipe: juniper, coriander seeds, angelica, lemon and orange peel, cassia bark, nutmeg, liquorice, cinnamon and orris root. They are sourced from all over the world, from the nearby France (for the angelica root) all the way to India (nutmeg) and Madagascar (cinnamon).

Hayman’s London Dry Gin is made in a small town North of London by the same family who started the distillery 150 years ago!

Who’s in for a classic gin cocktail with an English twist?

 

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Hayman’s English Ruby Fizz

Semi-sweet, refreshing and with an eye-catching pink tint, the English Ruby Fizz is the ideal al fresco cocktail. The sweet taste of the raspberries partners perfectly with the spicy ginger notes.
Course Drinks
Servings 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin
  • 20 ml Lime juice
  • 10 ml Sugar syrup or Grenadine
  • 4-8 Fresh raspberries or raspberry syrup
  • Ginger Ale to top with
  • Lime wheel and fresh raspberries to garnish

Instructions

  1.  Fill a highball glass with plenty of large cubes of ice

  2. Set aside the ginger ale and garnish, and combine all remaining ingredients in a shaker with the ice

  3. Shake well for approximately 12 seconds

  4. Double strain into the highball allowing the liquid to run over the ice

  5. Top with ginger ale

  6. Garnish with a lime wheel and raspberries

 

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Hayman’s Lavender Lady

The Lavender Lady is the Hayman’s take on the traditional sour White Lady cocktail. The egg white creates a silky mixture, which perfectly accompanies the honey and Cointreau. Top the cocktail with a sprig of Lavender, and sit back in the garden and relax.
Course Drinks
Servings 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin
  • 20 ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 10 ml Locally sourced honey or 20ml of honey water
  • 10 ml Cointreau
  • 1 Egg white
  • Dash of orange bitters
  • Sprig of lavender to garnish

Instructions

Honey water:

  1. Combine equal parts of honey and hot water

  2. Stir until mixed

Method:

  1. Add cubed ice to a cocktail shaker

  2. Pour the Hayman’s London Dry Gin over the ice

  3. Add all the remaining ingredients, except the garnish

  4. Give all the ingredients a very hard shake and strain into cocktail glass

  5. Garnish with a sprig of lavender

 

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Hayman’s Victorian Mojito

Nothing says summer like a sun lounger, a good book and a refreshing minty mojito in the back garden. The Victorian Mojito combines Hayman’s London Dry Gin with fresh mint and lime juice balanced with sugar syrup to create an ideal English classic.

Course Drinks
Servings 1 cocktail

Ingredients

  • 50 ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin
  • 25 ml Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 20 ml Sugar syrup
  • Premium tonic water or soda water
  • Freshly picked mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Fill a highball glass with cracked or crushed ice and a few fresh mint leaves

  2. Pour in the Hayman’s London Dry Gin and let it run down over the ice

  3. Add the lime juice and sugar syrup

  4. Churn vigorously ensuring the ingredients are well mixed

  5. Top with the tonic water or soda water

  6. Garnish with a mint sprig

Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with Hayman’s Gin. As always, all comments and opinions in this article are my own.

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78 Comments

  1. While I can’t drink gin – it makes me vey argumentative – I know an awful lot of people who would absolutely adore these cocktails! Gin has an incredible history and has definitely made a resurgence in the last few years.

  2. Oh wow, I’m incredibly interested in trying out Hayman’s Dry Gin. We don’t have that here in the Philippines I think. I totally agree with you when you say that gin is very flexible since you can mix it up with a lot of different flavours and make something totally different. As for gin being medicinal, my mom actually had me drink two shots of gin before bed when I had a slight cold. Was bright as day the next morning, ahha.

  3. “So popular than the beer producers have campaigned against it, blaming it for immoral social behaviour.” I had a little too much gin last weekend so I can attest that this is a valid argument! Lol! Seriously, thanks for sharing the cocktail recipes! They all look so yummy! Keeping my fingers crossed that they sell Hayman’s here in the Philippines because I can’t wait to try these out. Thanks for sharing the health benefits too by the way! I seriously had no idea! Husband has gout, will tell him about this!

  4. I had no idea there was so much more to gin! These recipes look refreshing and perfect for summer! I need to remember this when I am looking for something guilt less to drink 😉

  5. That Ruby Fizz sounds delish! When my husband and I got married, our ceremony cocktail was a Bee’s Knees (made with gin) and it was divine! Loving these recipes, I’ll need to pick up a bottle and try them out myself!

  6. I have to admit I don’t drink alcohol myself however I know people who do and I know they would love these ideas. I’m going to have to make them for our next party!

  7. I don’t drink alcohol at all but the recipes for these drinks are so tempting that I am wondering if there is a non-alcoholic substitute for gin to rustle up a few mocktails.

  8. I love drinking alcohol but I don’t have much in depth knowledge about them. I find it quite ironic because my boyfriend is actually a bartender. Haha! Call me his taste tester. lol!

  9. I like the idea of having classic haymans gin cocktail with an englishness summer twist. How can I avoid something that is specially for summer? Thanks for sharing.

  10. Oh wow these are fantastic. I have started getting into gin recently after a few restaurant reviews and apparently i really like it. I must try making these for me and my dad as he also enjoys gin.

  11. I’ve always been a fan of gin cocktails! My usual is a gin & tonic, but I will have to give some of these you posted a try. Some of them sound really yummy.

  12. Well my favourite drink is a mojito so I would definitely go for the letter but I like how they are alternative versions of popular drinks. Haymans is a great brand as well, they always make great quality gin and drinks x

  13. While I am a teetotaller myself, know a lot of people who will love these cocktails..sharing your post with some of my friends. I never knew gin had the medicinal benefits too 😉
    V, Besties Notepad

  14. You had me at mojito. I’m a recreational drinker, and I’m in love with mojitos. Although, the other two drinks look delish too! And yes, I have read somewhere that gin was produced as a herbal medicine back in the day.

  15. I never drink gin but my niece just told me recently she is loving gin so this gives me some great ideas for some cocktails for her

  16. I have never tried gin but after reading all the benefits will try it. You have give nice options of cocktails. Keep looking young by gin is interesting to read.

  17. There’s nothing more refreshing and thirst quenching that a G&T on hot summer’s day in my books, but that Lavender Lady recipe sounds so awesome. I’ll give it a try

  18. Oh speaking of gin! My husband is a fan of it! The plain one which hits really hard! Ive trie dit once and it made me feel sick. However ive discovered crafting cocktail beverages using gin like the mojito and its awesome! Id really love to try mixing one at home for him but still haven’t got the time and the perfect recipe. Glad to read about this! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Not a drinker or a cocktail person but seeing these recipes makes me wanna try it. It’s not that I’m not a drinker, but I think if I tried it, I will probably love it. But I do think I’m still a baby when it comes to these things. Thanks for sharing these recipes, I will for sure be sharing this with my dad who loves gin and all types of alcohol. 😀

  20. Ahh interesting and super refreshing, Didn’t knew that Gin had so many benefits . Though Me and my hubby don’t take alcohol, but I guess looking at it from health perspective, we can plan a drink soon:)

  21. I never tried thi gin before, I’m not sure if this is available here in our country. But looking at the recipies and how it was made by a family who’s making these gin for a long time, i would say that this is a good choice. Thanks for the recipies too, im not a hard drinker but this cn come in handy occasionally.

  22. Well, This is the first time that I read that Gin has health benefits. So, for others who love alcohol – This is certainly good news! Though, I am going to keep that secret from my husband as he might find that a reason to drink again. (wink)

  23. I have been looking for a few new drink recipes to try for my next get together. I will have to give the Hayman’s Victorian Mojito a test run this weekend.

  24. This is awesome I need to do it straight even as you said we could not feel so much summer in london I am going to try to prepare une at home in Spain next time I coming my family will love it

  25. Wow!! I like the idea of having classic hayman’s gin cocktail with an englishness summer twist. It looks refreshing!! I will give it a try.

  26. I am not so into alcohols but I drink occasionally. The three recipes are good to try on when we host a party though. I am sure my friends will love it. I personally wanna try the Lavander Lady. Cheers!

  27. I’m not a fan of gin at the moment. I can appreciate your recipes however. It seems like maybe these are refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day.

  28. Had no idea gin was initially a herbal medicine! So I think it’s ok to drink it once in a while 🙂 I would love to try the Hayman’s Victorian Mojito.

  29. I had no idea of all the health benefits gin supplied! The Hayman’s English Ruby Fizz looks amazing! Definitely going to have to try these out! Thanks for the great tips and for sharing!

  30. I love mint so I may try the Victorian Mojito. I love the one with ginger ale too but if I use my son’s ginger ale, well… he doesn’t have to know, does he? LOL

  31. I’m not normally a huge fan of gin. I think I had a bad experience with it when I was in University. However, the recipes you posted do sound tasty! I’m working on liking gin more now 🙂 I’d love to try anything with Lavender!

  32. I’m a huge fan of gin, but I’ve never had Hayman’s before! I’m going to look for it next time I go liquor shopping.

  33. Am more of a wine person, but for time to time having a different drink like gin is okay. Especially if i need a little kick, hahaha
    I’ll check my fave bar if they have this Hayman.

  34. Not a big fan of gin but I’d love to try Hayman’s Victorian Mojito as am fond of Mojitos! However, all the cocktails look so refreshing and perfect for summer!

  35. Personal minibar lol. Also giggling about UK weather. I doesn’t have the best rep to being with but I don’t like extreme heat or extreme cold, so I’ve never had complaints any time I’ve been there. Not a drinker, but glad you enjoy your cocktails!

  36. I will have to pass these along to my sister and her husband. They are always looking for new drink variations. We don’t drink however these drinks look quite refreshing!

  37. I have never had Gin in my life before. Never knew gin had so many healthy ingredients in them.
    The first opportunity I get I will be tasting them all. I hope they aren’t intoxicating. 😛 🙂

  38. I’m not a hard spirits drinker but my husband is. He assures me this revival in enhanced taste for gin is a real thing… and long overdue!

  39. I have only recently discovered gin but I absolutely love it! The ruby fizz sounds delicious and exactly the kind of summery drink I like when the sun is shining! I’m going to give this a try at our next BBQ party next weekend, they’ll go down great I’m sure!

  40. Gin is my favourite drink, well it’s kind of tied with wine but I do love a G&T. I didn’t know about the health facts and I didn’t know about juniper supplements either, so interesting. Love the Lavender cocktail idea, I might try that xx

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