If, like most of the Chase team, you like to relax and unwind on a Sunday night with a classic GB&T, you’d be forgiven for occasionally looking for a more experimental way of getting your gin fix and looking for ways to liven things up a little… So, just for you, we’ve picked our head bartender’s brains and come up with these three quirky gin-based cocktails for you to try, if you dare!
- The Turbo GB&T – You may not have heard of it yet but you soon will. This delicious mixture of pure espresso and a classic GB&T combines caffeine with alcohol and makes the GB&T an acceptable drink for any time of the day. Enjoy after dinner for a quick pick-me-up or as part of an indulgent Sunday brunch. To make – 50ml Williams GB Gin, 150ml Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic, 1 shot of espresso. Cool the espresso first and then mix all ingredients together over ice.
- Peas & Mint – Classic soup or risotto ingredients, but with gin in a a cocktail, surely not? Surprisingly, this cocktail is delicious! These ingredients work incredibly well with gin and are perfect as a refreshing summer cooler. To make: 35ml Williams Gb gin, 15ml Cocchi Americano, 15ml sugar syrup, 15ml fresh lemon juice, 1 mint leaf, Handful pea shoots, Pea shoots. Method: Muddle mint and pea shoots in a shaker. Add other ingredients and shake with cubed ice for 10 seconds. Double strain into a cocktail glass.
- Olive Oil Gin Martini – This cocktail employs a technique called ‘fat washing’ to infuse the gin and leave a subtle olive oil flavour and gives this martini the kick it needs to upstage all other martinis! Although this technique sounds disgusting, the olive oil is removed from the gin so there’s only the tiniest hint of it left in the cocktail itself, martini-lovers beware, it’s addictive! To make: empty out the contents of a Williams GB Gin bottle and mix the spirit with olive oil in a bowl (add about 100ml) once it’s mixed together pour the mixture back into the empty bottle and leave it in the freezer for 6 hours. After this time the oil will have frozen and you will be able to scrape it off. You’ll be left with an olive oil infused GB Gin. To make the martini: Mix 17.5ml GB Gin with 70ml dry vermouth, mix with ice and double strain into a chilled martini glass. Serve with an olive.