Four beautiful cocktails to make with Wessex Alfred the Great Gin

This month we are celebrating a oft-overlooked historical era, where magic, folk wisdom and mystery prevailed! Alfred the Great Gin from the Wessex Distillery was created with this great king in mind and a lot of the botanicals in the liquid were used throughout his reign for medicinal and magical purposes. These four classic gin cocktails all have a magical twist so are the perfect royal recipes to feature September’s mystical Gin of the Month!

The Anglo Saxon


20ml Wessex Alfred the Great Gin
1 sugar cube
3-4 dashes orange bitters
70ml British sparkling wine

Add your gin, sugar cube and orange bitters to a champagne flute. Top up with sparkling wine and serve.

Alfred the Great



25ml Wessex Alfred the Great Gin
75ml ruby grapefruit juice
1 tsp honey


Add your gin and honey to a cocktail shaker and stir until the honey is dissolved. Add ice and ruby grapefruit juice. Shake and strain into a martini glass.

Royal Fleet

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50ml Wessex Alfred the Great Gin
20ml lime juice
15ml honey syrup*
3 dashes of chocolate bitters (optional)


Add all your ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a martini glass and serve.

*Combine 50ml of water and 50ml honey in a saucepan. Place over medium heat and simmer until the honey dissolves. Cool, refrigerate and use within two weeks

Wessex Negroni



25ml Wessex Alfred the Great Gin
25ml red vermouth
25ml Campari
Wedge of lemon, to garnish


Pour all ingredients over ice in a rocks glass. Stir gently, garnish and serve.