Let's beGIN...

The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives and minds than all the doctors in the empire.
— Winston Churchill

Over the past few years, this once humble spirit has seen a renaissance with British distilleries more than doubling in the past five years. Bars across the country have their own ‘Gin Lists’ to cater for the variety of brands making this spirit the ‘go to’ drink for cocktail and spirit lovers - we even have a Gin Club at the Granary Barns too!

As we celebrate ‘World Gin Day’ today and our nation continues to fall in love with this versatile spirit all over again, we want to celebrate a few of the local distilleries in our region and find out how you could serve up a delicious cocktail this evening using their products to enjoy on your Saturday night! We can feel the hangovers coming on already! ;) #WorldGinDay


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Ingredients

Cambridge Dry Gin 30ml

Lemon 25ml

Honey syrup 20ml

Apple juice 25ml

Egg white

Fresh dill, seasonal flower and dill pollen to garnish

Method

Combine all ingredients in a shaker, dry shake then shake with ice. Fine strain and serve over ice in tumbler. Garnish with dill pollen, dill and fresh flowers.

 

Cold Brew Martinez

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Ingredients

Cambridge Dry Gin  30ml

Sweet Vermouth  20ml

Cold Brew Coffee 10ml

Cherry syrup (Monin)  5ml

Angostura bitters 2 drops

Tiny pinch of salt

Rose buds and Turkish delight to garnish

 

Method

Add all ingredients in to a mixing beaker, stir and strain in to chilled coupette. Garnish with rose buds and a Turkish delight.

 

Elderflower Collins

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Ingredients

30ml Cambridge Dry Gin

30ml Cambridge Elderflower Liqueur

20ml fresh lemon juice

10ml sugar syrup

100ml tonic water

Lemon zest and seasonal flowers to garnish

 

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Fill a long glass with ice, and add your favourite tonic. Shake the first four ingredients quickly with ice, and pour into your glass. Garnish with lemon zest and your choice of edible spring flowers.

Located in central Cambridge you’ll find The Cambridge Gin Laboratory, an interactive space dedicated to the appreciation of gin! It’s a fantastic afternoon out where you can tour the laboratory, learn about the origins of gin, the processes used to make it and tastings are also available for all of you gin lovers out there! You can even have you very own personalised bottle made!

THE CAMBRIDGE GIN LAB, 10 Green Street, Cambridge, CB2 3JU


NEWMARKET GIN

Bees Knees

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INGREDIENTS

50ml The Newmarket Gin

2 teaspoons honey

20ml fresh lemon juice

20ml fresh orange juice

METHOD

Add The Newmarket Gin and honey to a shaker and stir until all of the honey dissolves. Add the splash of lemon juice and orange juice and top up with ice. Shake well before straining into a martini glass. Garnish with an orange zest twist.

 

Gin Garden

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INGREDIENTS

50ml The Newmarket Gin

100ml cloudy apple juice

25ml elderflower liqueur

25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

Garnish with lemon or apple

Method

Half fill your shaker with ice. Add The Newmarket Gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon and cloudy apple juice and shake until combined. Strain into an ice filled hurricane glass and garnish with a slice of apple or a twist of lemon peel.

 

Berry Bramble

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INGREDIENTS

50ml The Newmarket Gin

·25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

¾ tbsp sugar syrup

ice cubes

crushed ice

¾ tbsp crème de mure

1 lemon

Handful of fresh blackberries

METHOD

Muddle 6 blackberries in a rocks glass. Add 50ml of The Newmarket Gin, 25ml of freshly squeezed lemon juice, 25ml of sugar syrup into a mixer and shake! Then fill the glass two thirds full with crushed ice before pouring. Mix with a long-handled spoon. Top with more crushed ice and garnish with a blackberry on top! Yum.

The Newmarket Gin is handcrafted in small batches using an exclusive combination of ten botanicals in perfect balance to create an exceptionally smooth and refreshing English Botanist gin.

Since launching The Newmarket Gin has won a selection of prestigious awards for its design, taste and packaging including the Harpers Design Awards, International Spirits Challenge (ISC) and The Dieline Awards.

The Newmarket Gin is exclusively available from specially selected local stocklists including Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, Corney & Barrow, Palace House Shop and Majestic Wine.


PINKSTER GIN

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INGREDIENTS

50ml Pinkster (Two x 25ml measures)

1ml Pink grapefruit zest

Teaspoon caster sugar

Pink grapefruit wedge (squeeze)


METHOD

Build in a short tumbler, squeeze grapefruit wedge in glass before discarding. Stir initially with three ice cubes until caster sugar has dissolved, then  add second measure of gin and stir. Garnish with grapefruit zest.

 

Je T’Aime

INGREDIENTS

37.5ml Pinkster

15ml Chambord or raspberry liqueur

50ml Pineapple juice


METHOD

Shake hard to create the foam layer and double strain in Martini glass. Float raspberries on top.

Pink Fizz

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INGREDIENTS

20ml Pinkster

10ml Chambord or raspberry liqueur

10ml Lemon Juice

METHOD

Top with Prosecco.

G&J, one of the country’s oldest distillers, was recruited to help in bringing Pinkster to life. The core spirit with five botanicals, along with plump raspberries grown nearby Pinkster’s base just outside Cambridge, were brought together to create the delicious drink we can buy today! If you are attending an event at the barns, why not sample some of this premium gin for yourself!