So what better to honour our gin-loving friends across the water than with some red, white and blue cocktails that we can all sip on come the 4th July? Gin-lovers from New York to LA and from New Orleans to Seattle: we salute you!
RED: Raspberry Gin Fizz
25ml raspberry simple syrup*
50ml lime juice
Raspberries and lemon slice, to garnish
*For the raspberry simple syrup:
400g fresh raspberries
To make the raspberry simple syrup, combine raspberries, sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Heat gently and stir until the berries have broken down and the sugar and water have combined into a syrup. Strain into a glass and allow to cool. Makes enough for several drinks.
Once your syrup is cool, combine syrup, gin and lime juice in a glass with lots of ice and stir. Top up with soda water and garnish with raspberries and lemon slice.
WHITE: White Lady
24ml triple sec
15ml lemon juice
Egg white (optional)
Combine your ingredients in a cocktail shaker and dry shake for 20 seconds, until the egg is emulsified. Add ice and shake again, straining into a chilled cocktail coupe and serving straightaway.
BLUE: Blue Martini
15ml dry gin
4ml blue curaçao
Blackberries, to garnish
Stir all ingredients together in a shaker with ice, then strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a blackberry and serve.
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