I’m on a bit of a roll with the boozey content at the moment, and to be honest I’m not mad about it at all. With lockdown having meant that I’ve picked up a new hobby of making cocktails, I’ve found myself with loads of new recipes drafted and ready to share on here. I know that my last post was a cocktail recipe but I figured you’d let me off because, let’s be real, how can you not want a new cocktail recipe to try out at home?
This post includes an item that was gifted to me (marked with an asterisk). All opinions are of course my own.
The Gin Fizz: My Gin Renaissance
In recent months I’ve found myself having a bit of a gin renaissance. I used to be the biggest fan of gin back when I was around 19 or 20, but then it hit a point where whenever I had an alcoholic drink it was always gin. And as everything does when you have it all the time, gin became a bit boring to me. So I switched over to darker spirits like whiskey and dark rum for a while. Don’t get me wrong I still had the occasional gin over the years, but for a long while it wasn’t my go-to.
Near the end of last year I decided to give it another go, opting for a fruity rhubarb gin to ease myself back in. One sip and I’d fallen in love with gin all over again. Plus after making my own gin right at the end of the year I was completely resold on the spirit. Anyway, gin life story over, let’s get back to why you’re here…for a banging gin cocktail right? Here’s how to make the perfect gin fizz.
50ml Professors Club Secret Garden Gin*
25ml lemon juice
2 tsp sugar syrup
Slice of lemon
Plenty of crushed ice
The Gin Fizz: Professors Club Gin*
My favourite thing about this cocktail is how lovely and light it is, and that’s down to the gin that I’ve used in it. There are so many different gins out there at the moment and it really does make a huge difference what gin you choose to use in your drinks. For this cocktail I’ve gone for one of Professors Club’s new limited edition gins; the Secret Garden Gin*.
Light, smooth and super summery, the Secret Garden Gin* is the latest release from Afterthought Spirits Co. ‘Twisted’ with lavender, mint and hibiscus it’s a super refreshing gin perfect for enjoying this Summer. They recommend pairing it with fresh orange juice and a lime wedge but I have to say it goes perfectly with a classic Fever Tree Tonic as well. And of course I love it in this gin fizz!
The new limited edition range consists of three flavours, a Pink Gin, a Summer Dry Gin (that’s lovely and lemony) and the Secret Garden Gin, all of which are 42% ABV. As if the gins themselves aren’t delicious enough, each of the bottles are designed by Wade ceramics in a unique ‘twisted’ shape that I think anyone would be happy to have in their drinks cupboard. I may or may not have put my bottles on full display (they’re just so pretty!).
Fill half of your martini glass with crushed ice (to chill).
Fill half to three-quarters of your cocktail shaker with crushed ice.
Add the gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice into your shaker. Pop the lid on and shake the ingredients together.
Remove the crushed ice from your martini glass and pour in the mixed drink.
Top up the cocktail with soda water.
Add a slice of lemon to the top of your drink.
Serve and enjoy!
Have you ever tried a gin fizz before? What do you think of the sound of the new gins from Professors Club? Let me know in the comments. And if you fancy trying out a bottle of one of Professors Club’s new gins then you can pick up a bottle directly from Afterthought Spirits here.
Something else you might like: Cocktail Hour: Rosé Spritz.