Planning a Fourth of July celebration? Why not give one of these a go?
The Cranberry Martini
A little variation on Salvatore Calbrese’s Breakfast Martini. I’ve used Greenhook American (of course!) gins from Brooklyn.
Ingredients for the Cranberry Martini
50ml Greenhook America Dry gin
15ml Greenhook Gin Beach Plum liqueur
15ml lemon juice
1 teaspoon of cranberry jelly
(optional rosemary sprig to garnish)
Add all of the ingredients to an ice-filled shaker and shake until very cold. Strain into a chilled glass. Add a sprig rosemary.
Ingredients for a Blueberry Buck
60ml Aviation gin
15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
90ml ginger beer
Mint leaves for garnish
Add gin, lemon juice, blueberries (reserving a few for the garnish) and ice to a cocktail shaker and muddle together. Shake until outside of the shaker is chilled.
Strain into a tall glass and top up with ginger beer. Garnish with a couple of blueberries and a mint leaf or two.
Gin Old fashioned
“Old fashioneds” are traditionally made with whisky, but I used Ransom Old Tom which has been rested in bourbon casks to recreate one of the oldest American cocktails.
Ingredients for a Gin Old Fashioned
50ml Ransom Old Tom gin
tsp of sugar (or 1 sugar lump)
3 dashes of Angoustura bitters
1tsp of soda water
Put the sugar in the glass and add the bitters and soda water. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Add gin and stir. Add ice and continue to stir (dilution is key) until chilled. Add a piece of orange peel for garnish.
Happy Fourth of July!