Christmas is fast approaching, and here at Manchester Gin we’d like to offer a helping hand in your festive plans. One often pivotal aspect of a get together with family and friends is the choice of booze. As when the drinks are pouring and the conversation’s flowing, a good party quickly becomes a great one.
We’ve pulled together some of our favourite simple-to-make gin cocktails that are sure to impress this festive season – and we really mean it when we say simple. Each cocktail is 4 ingredients max, and the only booze you’ll need is 50ml of gin!
Preparation of these additional ingredients are also relatively easy. Freshly squeezed citrus will yield the best results and to make the 2:1 sugar syrup we use, simply combine two parts sugar with one part water, gently heat until the sugar has dissolved and leave to cool.
Raspberry Infused French 75
Originally served in a Collins glass, the trend of champagne based cocktails in the 1980’s led to this powerful citrusy cocktail being served in a flute. The introduction of our Raspberry Infused gin gives a fruity twist to this classic drink.
Manchester Gin Raspberry Infused 50ml
Sugar Syrup 2:1 5 ml
Lemon Juice 15ml
Champagne or Prosecco top
Raspberry to garnish
Shake the Raspberry Infused gin and lemon juice together, strain into a flute, top with your choice of champagne or prosecco. Slice an indent in your raspberry and place on the rim of the flute.
Blackberry Infused Bramble
This classic British cocktail was invented in the mid 80’s in Soho, London. Our Blackberry Infused Manchester Gin is
bursting with flavour, with juicy blackberries making up one third of every bottle. This removes the need for Creme de Cassis, and makes this cocktail even easier to assemble.
Manchester Gin Blackberry Infused 50ml
Sugar Syrup 10ml
Lemon Juice 25ml
Blackberry to garnish
Shake all the ingredients together, strain into a tumbler filled with crushed ice.
Signature Gin Spider
Pink gin was classically the combination of a London Dry gin and aromatic bitters. Mentioned in the 1948 publication, “The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks”, the combination of these ingredients with ginger ale is known as a Gin Spider.
Manchester Gin Signature 50ml
Aromatic Bitters 1 Dash
Ginger Ale 75ml
Lime to garnish
Pour gin and aromatic bitters into a highball glass, add cubed ice and top with ginger ale. Stir to incorporate ingredients. Add a lime wedge to garnish.
Haçienda Gin Rickey
Often compared with a Tom Collins, the introduction of lime juice gives the Gin Rickey a sharper citrus hit, and when placed alongside our zesty Haçienda gin, creates an electric combination.
Manchester Gin Haçienda 50ml
Lime Juice 15ml
Sugar Syrup 2:1 10ml
Top with Soda
Garnish Lime Slice
Shake the gin, lime juice and sugar syrup together and strain into a highball glass, add cubed ice and top with soda. Add a slice of lime to garnish.
Now over to you to get pouring, shaking and stirring! Don’t forget to tag us on instagram @manchestergin if you make these at home.
From all of us here at Manchester Gin, we wish you a happy Christmas and fantastic New Year.
If you want to try out these cocktails ahead of time, our miniatures are available to purchase from the link below!