Five Gins to put a Spring in your… Spring
We’re giving a warm Gin Kiosk welcome to spring - that most temperamental of seasons. At the beginning of the week the only way to leave the house without getting soaked to the bone was to wrap yourself head to toe in Clingfilm and teleport to work. Today, its all blue skies and blossom and smiling at strangers on the tube.
If you’re anything like us, the only part of your house that got a good old spring clean over the bank holiday weekend was the booze cupboard, and why not? We’re out of the spiced, winter drink territory and into the lands of spring gin, so really you were doing a good deed. Yep, let’s go with that…
As a reward for your efforts, get browsing and treat yourself to one (or two) of these delectable spring gins and the Instagram-worthy, easy-to-make-at-home cocktails in which they’ll flourish.
Inverroche Classic Gin
Inverroche Classic Gin’s floral notes elevate from a classic rose into something far more exotic – no doubt a testament to its South African roots and the unique inclusion of Fynbos in to the mix. The syrupy fruitiness of a Gin Cobbler would do a great job of elevating those sweet florals, so ice your glass and treat yourself to a classic.
60ml Inverroche Classic Gin
2tsps refined sugar
3 slices orange
1 juicy cherry
Give all of the ingredients a hard shake and pour into a glass.
Top up with crushed ice, garnish with fresh berries and add a straw.
Half Hitch Gin
Half Hitch Gin has all the classic gin botanicals, with a little bit extra thrown in for good measure. Black tea is prominent, but the bergamot and cracked pepper extras fuse together to form a rich, caramel feeling that would be right at home in a Bronx Cocktail.
1 part Half Hitch Gin
1 part Dry Vermouth
1 part Sweet Vermouth
2 parts orange juice
Add all of the ingredients and some ice into a cocktail shaker.
Shake vigorously, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Hayman’s London Dry Gin
Hayman’s London Dry Gin is a classic gin with a beautiful citrus kick and a great juniper balance. It’s the perfect G&T Gin, no matter the season and will sit nicely with any of the tonics in the Double Dutch range (it suits their citrusy backbone). For extra bragging rights, pop into the garden and grab a handful of rosemary, mint or anything edible that comes to hand. “Don’t you just love spring?” you’ll say to your friends. “Yes I’m very green fingered, it just comes naturally to me. No, no I’m not bleeding. It’s just a scratch. From the thorn bush. Please don’t go out there.”
Williams Chase Elegant Crisp Gin
The apple trees in the Williams Chase orchard will just be starting to show their colours again, so to celebrate grab a bottle of William Chase Elegant Crisp Gin and revel in the apple-y glory. This is a gin fresh enough to let the botanicals – including elderflower and fresh apples – seep through to the palate, and would make a delightful addition to an English Garden cocktail.
50ml Williams Chase Elegant Crisp
100ml apple juice
25ml Elderflower Liqueur (St-Germain preferably)
15ml lime juice
1 slice cucumber
Combine the gin, apple, lime and Elderflower Liqueur with ice into a shaker and shake until your fingers go numb from the cold.
Strain into a glass and serve with the cucumber garnish.
Warner Edwards Victoria Rhubarb Gin
The Victoria Rhubarb Gin from Warner Edwards is a light, easy drink with a booming rhubarb taste. It’s a stunning drink with a beautiful colour and a sweetness that suits it to any number of palates. This would make a great starter gin for those keen to explore the spirit, but would still sit proud on the shelves of connoisseurs. To that end, adding this to a Martini is a sure way to convert non-believers into Bond-esque cocktail drinkers in no time. “Martini… shweet and delicious.”
Easy sippin’ Martini
60ml Warner Edwards Victoria Rhubarb Gin
25ml Dry Vermouth
1 dash orange bitters
Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and stir with ice.
Strain into a chilled Martini glass and zest an orange peel.
Don’t forget to let us know how you get on as DIY bartenders! Share your pictures with us on Twitter @GinKiosk. For more information on each of these gins, head over to Gin Foundry for the most complete and accurate reviews.