If, like us, as the 2016 Olympics get underway in Rio, you think it’s a shame that the fine sport of gin-drinking hasn’t yet made it onto the official list of Olympic events, then you’ll be thrilled to know that we’ve got the next best thing.
Inspired by the iconic five rings of the Olympic flag, we’ve put together the following rainbow-hued pentathlon of gin cocktail recipes for you to work your way through. The perfect accompaniment to a bit of armchair sportsman/womanship. Cheers everyone – here’s hoping Team GB does us all proud!
BLUE: Blue Star
Admit it, no matter the slightly naff 80s connotations, you love a bit of blue curacao as much as we do. It certainly suits the tropical vibes from this summer’s Rio Olympics. Despite the blue hue, this drink is an orangey, ginny delight – with a bit of a kick to get you over those hurdles.
20ml blue curaçao liqueur
20ml dry vermouth
20ml freshly squeezed orange juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with orange zest.
YELLOW: Bee's Knees
This honey and lemon-infused prohibition-era cocktail was originally invented as a way to make homemade ‘bathtub gin’ more palatable. This modern version of the recipe is a zesty, subtley sweet glass of deliciousness that is sure to get you warmed up and buzzing with Olympic anticipation.
3tsp runny honey
20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
Stir the honey with the gin in a shaker until the honey has dissolved. Add the lemon juice, shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with lemon zest.
BLACK: Siderit Gin Cola
Now this might sound like a strange combination, but as our Spanish August Gin of the Month, Siderit, has proved to us - it's actually quite delicious.(And yes, it might be kind of browny-black, but we won't tell if you won't.)
50ml Siderit Gin
Orange zest and cinnamon stick, to garnish
Combine gin and cola in a tall glass with lots of ice. Garnish with cinnamon stick orange zest.
GREEN: Last Word
Any Olympic champion wants to make sure they get the last word, right? This classic, prohibition-era cocktail is made no less delicious by the ease with which it's made. With a pleasant green glow thanks to the Chartreuse, it's a perfectly balanced drink: a little sour, a little sweet, a little pungent - and a whole lot tasty.
25ml Green Chartreuse
25ml Maraschino liquer
25ml lime juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
Another example of perfect balance worthy of any Olympic gymnast, this red-hued wonder is a must-have addition to any aspiring mixologists recipe book. It's certainly a favourite here at Craft Gin Club. In fact, if there was an Olympic medal for Negroni-drinking....
30ml sweet vermouth
Pour ingredients in a cocktail shaker and stir with ice to chill. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange zest.