Naughty or nice? Which gin cocktail style are you?

Halloween is bringing out all kinds of spirits! Not to mention this month’s Gin of the Month, the ghoulishly good Burleigh’s gin! Keeping with the spooky theme, we have been at the cauldron mixing up these wickedly good gin cocktails…

We’ve all heard about the strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde – respectable Professor Jekyll and his alter ego, the violent Hyde. Some say we all have a touch of the Jekyll and Hyde in us, so there’s something for everyone amongst these naughty and nice cocktails! Will you go to the darkness or the light...?

Dr Jekyll…

These yummy, heaven-sent cocktails are just the trick for the sweet and innocent gin lovers out there.

Kiss From a Rose

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Method:

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add in the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Shake and strain into a tumbler and add a splash of soda water. Garnish with twist of lemon and scattering of dried rose petals.

*Make your rose simple syrup by combining 250ml of water and 250g sugar and simmer gently until the sugar has dissolved. Let the syrup cool and then add a teaspoon of rose water extract and stir.

Ingredients:

55ml gin
25ml lemon juice
25ml rose simple syrup*
Soda water, to top up
Dried rose petals and lemon twist, to garnish


Lemon Sherbet

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Method:

Pour the sugar into a saucer, rub half a lemon around the rim of your glass and dip into the sugar to coat the rim. Add the gin, Cointreau, lemon juice and vanilla essence to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake. Strain into your rimmed martini glass and garnish with a slice or twist of lemon.

Ingredients:

45ml gin
15ml Cointreau
15ml lemon juice
1/4tsp vanilla essence
2tbsp sugar


Mr Hyde…

And for the not-so innocent gin fans out there, these dark and down-right naughty concoctions are wickedly good!

Black Widow

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Method:

In a cocktail glass, combine gin, Campari, sweet vermouth, and pomegranate juice. For an eerie effect, add a 1/8 teaspoon of activated charcoal and stir to dissolve. Top the glass with ice and garnish with an orange twist.

Ingredients:

30ml gin
30ml Campari
15ml sweet vermouth
25ml pomegranate juice
1/8tsp activated charcoal, for colouring
Lemon wheel, to garnish


In a Pickle

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Method:

Add the gin and vermouth to a shaker. If you want even more zing, add a splash of the pickle juice, too! Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with 3 small pickled onions on a cocktail stick.

Ingredients:

75ml gin
15ml dry vermouth
3 pickled onions, to garnish


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