Cocktails In Times Of Corona: Gin Cocktails For Summer Soirees

Cocktails in times of Corona: gin cocktails for summer soirees

Cuddled in a camouflage cashmere sleeve, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the JUNIPER JACK x KARIM GUEST NEW YORK Rosemary Infused Camouflage Gin No. 1 was an indulgence exclusive to winter sipping. Indeed, there’s nothing stopping you from enjoying it on a frosty evening, but don’t let its appearance deceive you. 


As the perfect complement to any summer soiree, this bespoke liquid luxury is encased in a bottle of Bohemian, Vinolok glass - so as to maintain its flavors, in as untainted a form as possible. While fresh, and able to tickle the taste buds of its lovers, the honest yet complex taste of this gin remains intense in aroma. The ethereal components are optimally dissolved, unfolding as the drops dance over the tongue, transforming the taste into liquid art.


Yet to spruce things up a little, as any mixologist will know, certain combinations and synergies are quite approbative. Here is a list of some gin cocktails for summer soirees.

After the heat of a long day, drinks need to be kept light. A fresh peach gin and tonic takes the feeling of winding down into a far more relaxing tone. The addition of peaches just ever so slightly sweeten the cocktail and makes for a delicious, light nibble once you finish sipping. As the sun sets on your summer’s day, the hues in the sky may also compliment the gradation of the color tones within the fruit too. 

Ingredients for 1 glass:

Ingredients for 1 glass:

  • 1/2 ripe peach, sliced
  • 2 ounces/60ml of Rosemary Infused Camouflage Gin No. 1 gin
  • 4 ounces/120ml of tonic water
  • 1 ounce/30ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • crushed ice
  • rosemary sprigs for garnish
  • lime wedges for garnish

Instructions:

Fill your glass with a few peach wedges and crushed ice. Pour the gin over the ice, then pour in the tonic and squeeze in the lime juice. Stir a few times to combine the flavors. Serve immediately with a rosemary sprig for garnish. When you are done, don’t forget to nibble on the peaches - as they’ll have absorbed some of the flavors and alcohol.

Named after Fred Astaire’s iconic dance partner, the Ginger Rogers Cocktail perfectly encompasses the classic and elegant nature of their moments together. Being able to find glasses to suit the cocktail is an art form in and of itself. The use of a pattern in a crystal glass can evoke an art-deco feel, reminiscent of 19th century America. If you can find ones that sing with every clink, you’ll be making the cocktail that much more special. Cheers to warm weather!

Ingredients for GINGER SYRUP:


  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, cut

Ingredients for 1 GLASS:


  • 1/2 ounces/15ml ginger syrup (from ingredients above)
  • 2 ounces/60ml of grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce/30ml of lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces/45ml Rosemary Infused Camouflage Gin No. 1 gin
  • 2 ounces/60ml of soda water

Instructions:

To make the ginger syrup, combine sugar, water, and ginger in a small saucepan over low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes, then strain out ginger pieces and allow to cool to room temperature. If you would like it to cool quicker, you can pop it into the refrigerator.


In a cocktail shaker with ice, combine the ginger syrup, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and gin. Shake well. Pour soda water into a glass over ice. Pour the cocktail ingredients in over this, stirring gently. Garnish with rosemary.

A Spanish-style Gin and Tonic. With summers regularly exceeding 35°C (95 °F), Spain’s vibrancy comes alive during this season. Whether you lust after a relaxing day at the beach on the Costa del Sol, or long to wander down cobbled streets after an afternoon siesta, you can bring the flavor of a Mediterranean getaway in the sun to your home. 

Ingredients for 1 GLASS:


Ingredients for 1 GLASS:


  • 2 1/2 ounces/75ml of Rosemary Infused Camouflage Gin No. 1 gin
  • 6 ounces/180ml high-quality tonic water
  • 1/2 ounces/15ml of fresh blood orange juice (or 1/4 oz regular orange juice)
  • 1 slice of blood orange 
  • 1 large flowering rosemary sprig for subtle floral notes (A non-flowering sprig may also be used)

Chill your cocktail glass for a half hour. Add ice into the glass. Squeeze the blood orange into a separate glass with the tonic. Add the blood orange slice and rosemary sprig to the glass first to begin the infusion. Pour gin into the glass. Add the tonic. Stir before drinking.

Makes one cocktail


As a classic and incredibly simple drink, the Gin Gimlet was said to be accidentally invented in the late 19th century as British doctors tried to find palatable ways to administer lime juice to sailors to stave off scurvy (vitamin C deficiency). Rosemary adds a lovely resiny flavor to this cocktail, with pairs nicely with the tart lime. However, it is a flavor that can quickly overwhelm. The amount in this syrup mixture can be reduced to 1 and 1/2 tablespoons (about 3g) or less. 


The rosemary syrup will make enough for about eight or so cocktails. It can be kept in the refrigerator for several weeks. It’s also nice drizzled over fresh orange slices for dessert. The recipe can be scaled up to an amount that will fit comfortably in a cocktail shaker. Most cocktail shakers can handle two drinks at the same time.

rosemary syrup

  • 1/2 cup (125ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • 2 tablespoons (4g) coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

INGREDIENTS FOR 1 GLASS:

  • 2 ounces/60ml of Rosemary Infused Camouflage Gin No. 1 gin
  • 3/4 ounce/20ml of fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 ounce/20ml of rosemary syrup

Start by making the rosemary syrup by heating the water, sugar and chopped rosemary leaves in a small saucepan, stirring occasionally, until the mixture is hot and sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let the syrup cool completely. Once cool, strain the rosemary syrup into a jar, and refrigerate until ready to use.


Chill a stemmed cocktail glass in the freezer. Measure the gin, lime juice, and rosemary syrup into a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker halfway with ice, cover, and shake the gimlet mixture for about twenty seconds, until very cold. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary or a slice of fresh lime.


The high versatility of gin makes it an obvious choice in any alcohol cabinet. Unlike other calorific beverages, gin is also surprisingly low in calories. A shot of gin has an average of 72 calories, and given the fact that gin typically has no less than 37% alcohol ABV – you can get quite merry on gin without having to sacrifice your diet in the process. While the original ‘gin craze’ of the Victorian era was given a bad rap and the booze was labeled as ‘mother’s ruin’, since the 20th-century gin has consistently been portrayed in pop culture as an effortlessly cool, sophisticated booze. With collaborations such as the JUNIPER JACK x KARIM GUEST NEW YORK Rosemary Infused Camouflage Gin No. 1, gin is taken to new frontiers of creativity and innovation.



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