5 gin cocktails to help you beat Blue Monday

The third Monday in January has become infamous for being the most depressing day of the year - but instead of giving into the doom and gloom, why not whip up some cheerful cocktails to brighten things up a bit? One sip of these happy-hued drinks and you'll forget all about those January blues!

1. Blue Martini

Blue martini with curacao and lemon zest

Ingredients:

45ml vodka
15ml dry gin
4ml blue curaçao
8ml vermouth

Method:

  1. Stir all ingredients together in a shaker with ice, then strain into a chilled Martini glass.
  2. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve.

2. Blue Lady

Blue lady gin cocktail with glacier cherry

Image: Barmano

Ingredients:

30ml dry gin
60ml blue curaçao
30ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
½ fresh egg white

Method:

  1. Shake all ingredients together in a shaker with ice, then strain into a chilled Martini glass.
  2. Garnish with a maraschino cherry and serve.

3. Blue Lagoon

Blue lagoon gin cocktail

Image: the bar US

Ingredients:

30ml dry gin
30ml vodka
30ml blue curaçao
30 ml lime juice, freshly squeezed
30ml simple syrup*

Method:

  1. In a blender, blend all of the ingredients with a large scoop of crushed ice.
  2. Pour drink into a chilled glass and garnish with an orange twist or maraschino cherry.
  3. Serve with a straw.

*To make syrup, heat equal parts sugar and water until dissolved, then allow to cool.

4. Blue Gin & Tonic

Blue gin and tonic with orange

Ingredients:

30ml dry gin
30ml blue curaçao
130ml premium tonic water

Method:

  1. Stir gin and blue curacao together.
  2. Pour over ice in a glass and top with tonic water.
  3. Garnish with a slice of orange and serve.

5. Maritime Martini

Blue gin vodka vermouth cocktail lime

Ingredients:

45ml vodka
15ml dry gin
5ml blue curaçao
10ml vermouth
Lime twist

Method:

  1. Fill a shaker with ice and pour all the ingredients in.
  2. Stir well and strain into a chilled Martini glass.
  3. Garnish with a twist of lemon and enjoy.