The warmer weather is finally here, and Christmas decorations are sneaking into all the stores, which means that it's time to get organised for summer entertaining, end of year parties, and Christmas festivities.
Serving cocktails is a great way to create a sense of occasion at any event. Lots of people in our team our fans of a great gin, so together with Melbourne craft gin company, Four Pillars and one of our favourite mixologists (check out Richard's Instagram here ) we gave them the brief – to create three simple gin based cocktails - something fun, a classic, and something a bit more of a challenge.
So we got our bar cart out, polished the glasses and assembled the ingredients. None of these recipes are too challenging – the whole idea is to have some fun creating them and sharing with friends.
Something Fun – the French 75
So two of my favourite drinks are champagne and gin, and up until now I’ve always enjoyed them separately, but that was before I discovered the French 75. A very tasty cocktail that combines my two favourites – gin and champagne, the freshness of lemon, a dash of sugar syrup and a maraschino cherry for that festive flourish.
Sounds good doesn’t it? Read our step by step guide for creating a very tasty French 75.
A Classic – G & T with a twist
For a refreshing summer drink it’s hard to go past a classic G & T. But this one is amazing – 4 Pillars small batch gin paired with a quality tonic, plus an unexpected garnish.
Read our step-by-step guide to creating a G & T with a twist.
A Challenge – the Negroni
Now the challenge here might be more for the drinker than the cocktail mixer, depending on whether your palate likes the bitterness of a Campari based drink. They look great, but might not be to everyone's taste. Our version of the Negroni is palatable even to the beginning Negroni drinker.
We had lots of fun creating these & hope you are inspired to try one. Enjoy.