Mixology

Salty Salt River Dog

“And the sooner the tea’s out of the way, the sooner we can get out the gin, eh?” – Henry Reed, Hilda of Private Life

Ingredients

50ml Hope on Hopkins Salt River Gin

100ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice from a large pink grapefruit

25ml fresh lime juice

25ml thyme infused simple syrup (see below for preparation)

Garnish

Pinch of rock salt

Thyme sprig or a wedge of lime

Preparation

To make the thyme simple syrup:

100ml sugar

100ml water

8 sprigs of fresh thyme

Put the sugar and water into a small pot on the stove and stir over a medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat, add the thyme sprigs and steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a clean, airtight container (this way you can keep the extra in the fridge for up to a week).

To make the cocktail:
Pour the grapefruit juice, Salt River Gin, lime juice and thyme syrup into a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with large blocks of ice. Stir thoroughly until chilled and strain into an ice-filled glass, add a pinch of salt to the drink and serve with a sprig of thyme or wedge of lime.

Served

On the rocks

Alternatively you can salt the rim of the glass before pouring: run the lime wedge around the rim of the glass, and then dip the rim into a saucer filled with course salt and serve straight up.

Silvery Salt River Soda

Gin’ll fix it

Ingredients

50ml Salt River Gin

50ml tonic water

75ml soda water

Garnish

Twist of lemon and a sprig of thyme

Preparation

Add the gin, tonic and soda to a tumbler filled with ice.

Served

On the rocks

Salt River Gin & Tonic

“Gin was mother’s milk to her” – George Bernard Shaw

Ingredients

25ml Hope on Hopkins Salt RIver Gin

75ml Swaan Tonic

Garnish

A twist of grapefruit and a sprig of thyme

Preparation

Pour the gin and then the tonic into a tumbler filled with ice.  Garnish.

Served

On the rocks.

London Dry gin & tonic

“I exercise strong self-control. I never drink anything stronger than gin before breakfast” – WC Fields

Ingredients

25ml Hope on Hopkins London Dry Gin

75ml tonic water

Garnish

A twist of lemon and a sprig of rosemary

Preparation

Pour first the gin and then the tonic into a tumbler filled with ice.

Served

On the rocks

Tom Collins

Named after a joke from 1874, Tom Collins didn’t actually exist, but could be ordered in a bar and was served in a long glass

Ingredients

50ml Hope on Hopkins London Dry Gin

25ml lemon juice

15ml sugar syrup

Soda water

Garnish

Slice of lemon

Preparation

Mix the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup over ice.  Pour into a tall glass and top with soda water.

To make the sugar syrup

Heat 250ml sugar in 250ml of water and stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.  Cool and use for cocktails.

Served

In a tall glass or champagne glass

Negroni

“Like a properly-fitted suit, a well-made Negroni should grab you by the shoulders, make you stand up straight and give you a general feeling of importance” – Henry Jeffreys, World of Booze Blog

Ingredients

50ml Hope on Hopkins Gin

50ml Campari

50ml Vermouth, such as Caperitif

Garnish

Slice of orange

Preparation

Stir up all the ingredients over ice. Pour into an ice filled tumbler.

Served

On the rocks with a slice of orange.

Gimlet

“A real Gimlet is half gin and half Rose’s lime juice and nothing else” – Raymond Chandler The Long Goodbye

Ingredients

1 part Hope on Hopkins London Dry gin

1/2 part Rose’s lime cordial

1/4 part fresh lemon or lime juice

1/2 part still water

Garnish

Slice of lemon or lime

Basil leaf

Preparation

Stir up all the ingredients over ice.  Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

Served

Straight or on crushed ice.

Bloody Mary

It has been called “the world’s most complex cocktail”

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Hope on Hopkins Single Malt Vodka
  • 4 parts tomato juice
  • 1/2 part fresh lemon juice(to taste)
  • 4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 dashes of Tabasco
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Some cubed ice
  • Long glass
  • a shaker or stirring glass

Garnish

Celery, black pepper, fresh herbs

Preparation

  • Add plenty of ice and all of your ingredients to a shaker or stirring glass.
  • If you’re using a shaker, tilt it backwards and forwards a few times to mix the ingredients without making the drink frothy. If you’re stirring, you can do so vigorously.
  • Pour the mix into a glass.
  • Top up with fresh ice if it’s not quite full. Add your garnishes. Any fresh herbs and a celery stick work well.
  • Tabasco tip: if you’re making Bloody Mary’s for a group of people, make a jug without spice and let people add their own Tabasco. Some like it hotter than others.

Martini

“The only American invention as perfect as the sonnet” – H.L Mencken

Ingredients

  • 1 part vermouth – dry vermouth
  • 4 parts Hope on Hopkins London Dry gin
  • martini glass
  • a shaker or stirring glass

Garnish

Lemon twist

Preparation

Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled martini cocktail glass. Squeeze oil from lemon peel onto the drink and garnish with a twist of peel.

Served

Straight (or on the rocks)