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The 5 Best Gin Cocktails for Your Hen Party

Cocktails   /   Feb 15th, 2018   /   0 COMMENTS   /  A+ | a-

Gin is hugely popular at the moment with gin bars popping up all over the place.  Everyone wants to go on a gin tasting session or try the best gin cocktails.  And that’s why serving gin cocktails at your hen party makes you very on-trend and they are also very tasty!  So even if you have never thought of yourself as a gin person or tried a G&T before, here are some cocktails to inspire your planning for your hen party.

What is gin?

The funny thing about gin is that unlike a lot of spirits, there’s no real concrete definition of what it is and what it tastes like.  For example, Scotch whiskey has to be whiskey that comes from Scotland.  But gin is a lot vaguer – mostly it tastes of juniper berries but then others are more citrus flavoured or even cucumber.
The reason that different gins taste different is the ingredients in them.  Distillers are allowed to add a host of botanicals (herbs and other plant stuff) to the mix and still call the end result gin.  So, one of the fun things about making gin cocktails is that the actual gin can change the flavour of the drink!

Gin cocktails for your hen party

Whether you are planning to play mixologist yourself at the hen party, a friend is going to take the job, or you are hiring one of our Buff Butlers to run it for you, gin cocktails can be very easy to make.  There are loads that use just a few ingredients, taste great and don’t take any time to prepare.

1.  Gin & Tonic

The gin and tonic is the most well-known cocktail – for some, it isn’t even a cocktail.  Just grab a highball glass, add some ice and mix a shot of gin, usually around 25ml (or double if you want stronger) and then top up with tonic water.  If you aren’t a tonic fan, switch to lemonade.

2.  Gimlet

Another classic, the Gimlet only needs a couple of ounces of gin and ¾ ounce of lime cordial then garnish with one lime wedge.  Add ice to a mixing glass, stir well and strain into a cocktail glass before adding the lime wedge to garnish.

3.  Negroni

For something a little sweeter, the Negroni uses Campari as well as sweet vermouth (or Martini to most of us).  Add 1.5 ounces of each of the three into an old-fashioned glass and fill with ice then stir.  Garnish with an orange slice and enjoy.

4.  French 75

The French 75 is a mixture of just a little 10ml shot of gin, the same amount of orange liqueur and of lemon juice.  Add 5ml sugar and a fizz of your choice – for example, prosecco, champagne or even just fizzy pop if you like.

5.  The Last Word

If you want to end the night with a bang (and probably all fall asleep) then The Last Word is the cocktail.  It uses Green Chartreuse, not a well-known spirit but one that kicks a considerable punch in terms of alcohol strength.  Use 35mls gin with 25mls chartreuse and 25mls of maraschino liqueur such as Luxardo.  You also want the juice of half a lime and some chilled water.  Mix together and garnish with a lime wedge.
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