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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86 thoughts on “Classic Hayman’s Gin cocktails with an Englishness summer twist

  1. Natalie Dickinson says:

    I’m a tad late to the whole gin thing! I was at the races in the summer when my boss bought me a drink and I turned my nose up and said “ugh, but I don’t like gin” gave it a wary sip… and loved it!!! ha! Not sure what happened previously but I love trying them and all the different options and variations are fab.

  2. Aditi says:

    I had no idea that gin had health benefits. I guess it is the least consumed alcohol in my household, but your recipes have made me reconsider my choices. 😀 I shall try the Mojito one as it is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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