Did you know that in the UK, the 21st October is Trafalgar Day? This anniversary, which is one of the most important in the calendar of the British Royal Navy, marks the crucial victory over the Napoleonic forces at the battle of the same name in 1805 which changed the history of Britain forever.
Here at Craft Gin Club, we’re always looking for a good reason to try some new and creative cocktails, and what could be more fitting on Trafalgar Day than coming up with some drinks that make use of those two favourites of the Navy, rum and gin? Yes, together!
We promise it’s actually a surprisingly delicious (if slightly lethal) combination - just go easy on the quantities or you’ll be walking the plank instead of singing sea shanties!
Spiced rum, gin & apple cocktail
15ml spiced rum
60ml apple juice
15ml ginger syrup
1 x slice apple to garnish
If making your own ginger syrup, add equal parts caster sugar and water to a pan with a small cube of fresh ginger and simmer gently for five minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture has reduced to form a syrup.
Strain and, once cool, add the syrup along with all the other ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake. Pour into your glass and garnish with a slice of apple or a single star anise. For an extra flourish, you could rim the edge of your glass with brown sugar.
40ml white rum
40ml sloe gin
40ml apricot brandy
30ml lime juice
20ml sugar syrup
Lemon slice to garnish
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake vigorously. Strain cocktail into a champagne glass and garnish with lemon peel, after rubbing around the rim of the glass.
45ml Barcadi Carta Blanca (or other light rum)
22ml London Dry Gin
15ml fresh lime juice
7.5ml grenadine syrup
5ml sugar syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.
45ml dark rum
22ml fresh lime juice
2 dashes sugar syrup
1 dash maraschino liqueur
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass.