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We did a little poll over on our instagram about whether or not people wanted to see some gin cocktail recipes come their way, and the vote was overwhelmingly positive that yes, people did want some gin cocktail recipes.
Gin is really the drink of the moment, and is enjoying it’s time as the go-to drink along with Prosecco, seeing off old-time staples such as vodka. Ted was never much of a gin drinker, whilst JK has always enjoyed a little tipple of gin, but over time, yep, you’ve guessed it, Ted began to enjoy gin.
As a base, gin can be quite subtle or complex to really build around, and for people who don’t particularly like gin, we’ve found that adding sweeter things into the mix has often helped people enjoy this drink.
This cocktail recipe is really inspired by our hometown of Hull, but in particularly one area and one event in the city’s calendar. Each July, Pride In Hull takes place in Queen’s Gardens. Outside of this city-centre green space is what is known as “The Rose Bowl” which includes 8 flower beds and a fountain, and really acts as the entrance to the park.
This year, Ted joined the team behind the event officially, another passion project to add to his roster of things he tries to do. Also this year, the event teamed up with a local gin distillery creating the first ever Pride In Hull Gin. These 50cl bottles retail for £50 with £10 of that going directly to Pride In Hull – which is actually a charity. The gin flavour profile includes lime, grapefruit, orange, juniper, chamomile, liquorice, angelica and coriander.
Whilst our little recipe here doesn’t call for this specific gin, we know that it will taste just as good, if not better with it in. As it is limited edition though, we completely understand if you haven’t managed to get your hands on it, and that’s why the recipe for our cocktail doesn’t depend on it – we jut felt like we would mention it as a nice little alternative to those that did manage to grab a bottle.
Gin Rose Bowl
- 50mls Gin
- 25mls St Germains (Elderflower Liqueur)
- 10mls Lime Juice
- 75mls Apple Juice
- Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade
- Add all the ingredients together except the rose lemonade into your cocktail shaker with some ice
- Shake the ingredients together – remember the golden rule of no more than 25 shakes
- Pour into your glass of choice, a gin balloon help capture the “bowl” part of this cocktail’s namesake though, and there’s no need to strain
- Top up with the Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade
- Garnish with a couple of raspberries and a little pride flag
It is perhaps our most simple recipe although we know from first hand experience how hard it can be sometimes to source St Germains. We had to visit 3 different supermarkets to find it and now we are holding onto it as something precious. It is expensive but it’s a key ingredient in Gin Garden cocktails, of which, this is an adaptation of. In the past, we have sourced Elderflower Cordial which is usually easier to find but provides a less distinct taste inside the drink.
Rose Lemonade is also something that not everyone can get behind, but it provides a nice little sweet, yet floral taste to the drink that we feel, captures summer, captures this specific area of our town and also captures the extravagance of an event like Pride.