Let’s get this straight – no gin based cocktail can ever compete with a gin and tonic.
Nine times out of ten spirits are better on their own. Sugary syrups, fizzy drinks and bits of fruit have no place muddled with good alcohol. But let’s be honest – how often do you have a cupboard or bar cart stocked exclusively with good alcohol? Supermarkets tempt us with their bargain liquor offers and my cocktail cabinet is rarely home to anything fancier than a bottle of Jim Beam. (Not that there’s anything wrong with Jim Beam. In fact it’s become a mild obsession and when it comes to alcohol, I’ve barely drunk anything other than bourbon since last year.)
These bottles earn their place because Friday night cocktails aren’t there to get you drunk. They’re enjoyed before dinner and can be themed to the occasion, whether you’re celebrating a birthday or just the start of summer. Best of all, you rarely need to make a separate stop for ingredients as you can create some pretty fancy delights just from the contents of your fridge.
This week’s Friday night delight is a blueberry and gin cocktail. The blueberries in the fridge were acidic so I added a dash of grenadine to sweeten them up. This blueberry and gin cocktail recipe is a little on the sweet side, so feel free to avoid the grenadine or swap lemonade for soda water.
Blueberry and gin cocktail recipe
- 8 blueberries
- 25ml gin
Add six blueberries to your glass and muddle with a little lemonade. Add the gin, a squeeze of lemon, a dash of grenadine (if using) and top with lemonade.
Garnish with the two remaining blueberries and a slice of lemon.
Not ready for a summer cocktail quite yet? Try this hot toddy recipe instead.