When (or should that be… “if”?!) the sun comes out, there’s little more refreshing than a gin and mint cocktail. Even better, it’s super easy (and cheap) to grow your own mint for your cocktails at home, so need to splurge at the shops to find the cocktail ingredients!
Here are five of the best gin cocktail recipes using this humble herb. Now all we need is some sunshine…
Lemon, Gin & Mint Mojito
6 mint leaves
10ml sugar syrup
Sprig of lemon/mint, to garnish
Soda, to top up
In the bottom of a tall glass or tumbler, muddle the six mint leaves. Add your gin and sugar syrup and give a gentle stir, then fill your glass with crushed ice (or normal cubes, if you prefer). Top up with soda water and garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of mint. We recommend a citrus gin like Six Bells for this cocktail.
Cucumber, Mint & Elderflower Gin Cooler
A few small cubes of cucumber
3 mint leaves
10ml elderflower cordial (or sugar syrup)
Squeeze of fresh lime juice
Tonic or soda water, to top up
In a rocks or highball glass, gently muddle the cucumber and mint. Fill your glass with ice then add the gin, elderflower cordial and a good squeeze of lime juice and top up with tonic or soda water. Stir for about 30 seconds. Garnish with a sprig of mint and/or a thin slice of cucumber.
G & Mint Tea Punch
5 peppermint teabags
1 litre boiling water
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp mint leaves
Brew peppermint tea in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and add the sugar and 1 tablespoon of mint. Allow the leaves to steep and the sugar to dissolve. Then remove the teabags and strain the liquid into a jug. Place in the fridge to chill. Once you are ready to serve your cocktail, garnish with the remaining mint.
15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
7 mint leaves
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and your mint leaves. Add gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup. Shake vigorously. Strain the liquid into a chilled martini glass. Top with mint leaves to garnish and serve.
2 tsp marmalade
10ml lemon juice
10 mint leaves
Elderflower tonic water
Place the gin, marmalade, lemon juice and clapped mint into a cocktail shaker, fill to the top with ice and shake for 10 seconds, or until you feel enough dilution has taken place. Fill a Highball tumbler with ice, add a thin, whole sliced wheel of grapefruit against the inside of the glass or add a dehydrated slice of orange. Strain the mixture into the glass. Finish to the top with elderflower tonic and a mint sprig. We recommend Salcombe Gin for this delicious cocktail.
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