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Ready, Set, Gin! 5 easy cocktails

It’s nearly party season and that means a few things… embarrassing, slightly crazy office parties, painful small talk etc but it also means delicious food and drink, family time and cosying up!

That’s why I thought I would share 5 easy gin cocktails that are perfect for slippers, cosy jumpers and family time.

Let’s set the scene…Friday night, movies on Netflix, your favourite people, snacks and finger food that you can leisurely pick at and a gin cocktail in hand. Doesn’t that sound perfect?

So, get your gin at the ready, here are 5 easy peasy gin cocktails.

1. The Original G & T (but with an Autumnal twist)

  • Gin of choice
  • Tonic
  • Lemon
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Sugar Syrup

Take delicious earthy flavours that work exceptionally well together and enjoy, plus it is super easy. Take a tall glass and fill with ice, add sugar syrup, about 2 tbsp per person, add a measure of your fave gin and the juice of half a lemon. Then add a few leaves from the lemon thyme then stir together. Top off with tonic and garnish with a fresh sprig of thyme and a piece of lemon peel. (If you put a lighter to the lemon peel for a second, it releases the oils and makes the garnish pop.)

2. Grapefruit Cardamom Gin Fizz

  • 1 measure of gin
  • 6  cardamom pods
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 rosemary sprigs
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice
  • splash of prosecco
  • grapefruit peel

Don’t be deterred by all the ingredients, it’s actually quite easy and well worth it for all the autumnal vibes. Take the cardamon pods and pour over your fave gin. Store in an airtight jar (like an old jam jar) overnight. Then in a pan, boil the sugar, water and rosemary together until the sugar is dissolved, then remove the rosemary and leave it to cool. Then you can begin to piece it all together. Over ice, pour in the rosemary syrup and add in the gin. Then add the grapefruit juice and finally a splash of prosecco to finish. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a slice of grapefruit peel. Delicious.

Original recipe inspired by themodernproper.com.

3. Dark & Spooky

  • Gin
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Thyme

This one is easy peasy but the colour gives it a spooky vibe. Take a tumbler and fill to the brim with ice. Then add in a measure of gin. Top off with pomegranate juice and garnish with a sprig of thyme. 

4. Mulled Apple & Gin

  • Gin
  • Sugar syrup (which is so easy peasy to make)
  • Apple Juice

This recipe is super delicious and instantly brings a blush to your cheeks and a smile to your face! Take some fresh apple juice and add to a pan, a mug per person. Depending on how sweet the apple juice is, add some sugar syrup to taste. Then add in a measure of gin per person and bring to a simmer. Once cooked through for no longer than 10 mins, serve in a cup and saucer and garnish with a slice of apple.

5. Blueberry Gin Sour

  • 50ml Gin
  • 25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 12.5ml (ish) Sugar Syrup (I made my own 1:1 simple syrup)
  • Handful of Blueberries
  • Aquafaba (we don’t want any of that egg white in our sour, chickpea water works just as well and a Tbsp won’t interfere with the flavour.

Muddle blueberries, lemon juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add gin and “egg white”/Aquafaba, then dry shake (without any ice). Add ice and shake again! Serve in a cold glass of your choice… enjoy!

And there you have it, 5 easy and delicious gin recipes! I hope you enjoy them, be experimental and try new recipes for yourself. Let me know how you get on in the comments section below.

This article was written with my friends at ILoveGin.com, discover all the amazing gins they have and sign up to try different gin samples every month! Perfect for the colder months.

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Big Loves,

Gems x

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