7 'Dahlicious' cocktails for celebrating Roald Dahl Day

Today we're celebrating 100 years of one of our all-time favourite storytellers - Roald Dahl! His Mr. Willy Wonka has inspired our own Golden Ticket prize and so to pay tribute, we've gathered up a splendiferous list of fantabulous gin cocktails inspired by some of his greatest works. So have scroll, find your favourite book, and raise a gloriumptious glass of gin to Mr Dahl!

The BFG

Right after the BFG comes our next favourite giant: a gin giant! And don't worry, no snozzcumbers here.

Green Giant

Image via Liquor

Image via Liquor

Recipe from Liquor

55 ml Gin
20 ml Simple syrup
8  Tarragon leaves
15 ml Dry vermouth
20 ml Lemon juice
4 Sugar snap pea pods

Method:

In a shaker, muddle the pea pods, tarragon and simple syrup.
Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice.
Shake, and fine-strain into a frozen rocks glass filled with crushed ice.
Garnish with 2 sugar snap pea pods.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

A drink so delightfully delicious, you'd think Willy Wonka himself crafted it.

Ramos Chocolate Fizz

Image via Bravo

Image via Bravo

Recipe from Difford's

45 ml Dry gin
45 ml Creme de cacao
3.8 ml Orange flower water
3.8 ml Vanilla extract
1 Fresh egg white
30 ml Single cream
30 ml Champagne

Method:

Hard shake first 6 ingredients without ice.
Shake again with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.
Top with champagne slowly poured into glass from a height to create thick foamy head.
Dust with chocolate truffle flakes.

James and the Giant Peach

Some sweet sugar and regular-sized peaches make this tasty tipple that'll take you own your own adventure - through flavour!

Peach Gin Fizz

Image via Girl on Bloor

Image via Girl on Bloor

Recipe from Girl on Bloor

Half medium-large peach, skin removed and pureed
(reserve 55 ml puree for each glass)
Handful of ice
85 ml gin, divided
230 ml sparkling water, divided
Peach slices for garnish
Thyme sprigs for garnish (optional)

Method:

In a blender, puree half a peach, skin removed.
Strain two or three times using a fine mesh sieve to remove as much pulp as possible.
Add a handful of ice to two glasses, then add 55 ml of the peach puree to each.
Add half the gin and half of the sparkling water to each glass.
Garnish with peach slices and thyme sprigs.

Matilda

Inspired by the wonderful Miss Honey, this drink is just as sweet as she.

Honey Bubble

Image via Food and Wine

Image via Food and Wine

Recipe from Difford's

2 Tbsp Runny honey
30 ml Dry gin
Prosecco sparkling wine
Lemon twist (to serve)

Method:

Stir honey with gin in base of shaker until honey dissolves.
Add other ingredients, shake with ice and strain into ice-filled glass.
Garnish with lemon twist.

Witches

A berry as black as the hearts of the Witches of England gives this cocktail it's dark colour - and delicious flavour. 

Witches' Cocktail

Image via Serious Eats

Image via Serious Eats

Recipe via Nigella Lawson

45 ml Dry gin
150 ml Tonic water
1 Splash of creme de cassis
Blackberries (to serve)

Method:

Combine creme de cassis and dry gin in a glass, top up with tonic water.
Drop in some ice cubes and garnish with Blackberries before serving.

Fantastic Mr Fox

 Boggis, Bunce and Bean may be a dull and dim-witted trio, but this drink is far from plain!

Farmer's Cocktail

Image via YouTube

Image via YouTube

Recipe from Mr Boston

30 ml Gin
15 ml Dry Vermouth
15 ml Sweet Vermouth
2 Dashes Bitters

Method:

Stir with ice and strain into glass and serve.

Esio Trot

After a few sips of this tipple, you'll be wishing it could TEG REGGIB REGGIB!

Snapping Turtle

Recipe from Cold River

55 ml Gin
20 ml Elderflower liqueur
20 ml Lemon juice
2 dashes of Bitters

Method:

Combine ingredients, shake on ice, strain into a glass, garnish with a lemon twist.

 

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