The team behind Edinburgh gin, Pickering’s, Matt Gammell and Marcus Pickering, visited Melbourne just before Christmas and we met up to taste their delicious gins (more about those another time).
While we were chatting they shared some of their signature Pickering’s cocktails created by Brand Ambassador, Paul Donegan, and their version of the iconic Cosmopolitan caught my eye. The traditional cosmopolitan (lemon-flavoured vodka, Cointreau, lime juice and cranberry juice) is obviously very well-known as the drink of choice of the Sex and the City gals in the 90s, but the combination has been around for a while.
Pickering’s Gin Cosmopolitan, however, uses gin (obviously) AND elderflower liqueur, so I was able to use my favourite non-gin tipple, St. Germain! The result is crisp, with a hint of sweetness and is so refreshing, you’ll want another. Be careful to enjoy responsibly!
Ingredients for Pickering’s Gin Cosmopolitan
35ml Pickering’s Gin
20ml St. Germain Elderflower liqueur
40ml cranberry juice (fresh if you can, it makes such a difference!)
7.5ml freshly squeezed lime juice
Vigorously shake all the ingredients together in an ice-filled cocktail shaker until chilled. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a wedge of lime.
Note I like my cocktails on the drier side so upped the quantity of gin while slightly reducing the St. Germain and the cranberry juice. Play around to see how you prefer yours!