World Gin Day, this year celebrated on Saturday June 11, is an annual tradition that celebrates the iconic drink and encourages people worldwide to enjoy the tipple.
And while we all love a nice, cold G&T on a warm day, the classic cocktail can begin to get a little boring after the first dozen or so.
So we've rounded up some great drinks recipes that are a slight twist on the classic gin and tonic or gin Collins... Why not try to make something new this World Gin Day?
Tesco: Watermelon and Cucumber Cocktail Dipper Lollies (serves eight)
75g of caster sugar
550g of watermelon wedges, skin removed
Half a cucumber, peeled and roughly diced
One lemon, juice only
Chilled lemonade or gin and tonics
Sliced cucumber and sliced lemon, to serve
1) Put the sugar in a pan with 50ml water and heat through gently to dissolve. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for 1 minute. Set aside to cool for about 20 minutes.
2) In a blender, blitz the watermelon flesh with the cucumber and lemon juice. Pass through a sieve into a jug and divide between eight lolly moulds. Freeze for at least four hours, or overnight, until solid.
3) If serving these in drinks or cocktails, get the chilled lemonade or gin and tonics made up in serving glasses with slices of cucumber and lemon before unmoulding the lollies. Run the outsides of the moulds under hot water for 10 seconds then remove gently by the sticks (repeat if they won’t budge on the first attempt).
4) Eat as they are, or add to drinks just before serving.
Waitrose: Gin and Tonic with Strawberry Slices (serves one)
50ml of Bloom Premium London Dry Gin
200ml of Fever-Tree Tonic Water
Strawberries, sliced to garnish
1) Pour the gin into an iced-filled tall glass, top with tonic water and lightly stir.
2) Serve garnished with the sliced strawberries.
Tesco: Passion Fruit, Lemon and Gin Collins (serves two)
60ml of dry gin
60ml of fresh lemon juice
Two passion fruits, halved
30ml of sugar syrup
Two handfuls of ice cubes
Lemon wedges, to garnish
1) In a small jug or cocktail shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, passion fruit pulp and seeds and sugar syrup. Give everything a good stir or shake.
2) Fill two highball glasses with ice and divide the gin mixture between each. Top up with soda water and garnish with a lemon slice. Serve immediately.
ASDA: Cucumber and Elderflower Gin Cooler (serves 12)
450g of ice (or enough to fill your blender jug)
100ml dry gin
75ml Belvoir Fruit Farms Elderflower Cordial
One third of a cucumber, peeled and deseeded, plus extra cucumber slices, to serve
Place the ice, gin, elderflower cordial and cucumber in the blender and blitz until smooth.
Divide between glasses and serve immediately, garnished with cucumber slices.
Tesco: Cranberry Gin (makes one litre)
200g of cranberries
200g of caster sugar
500ml of gin
1) Prick the cranberries to allow the juice to escape. Divide between 2 x 500ml (17fl oz) sterilised bottles.
2) Peel thin strips of zest from the orange and divide between the bottles.
3) Mix together the caster sugar and gin, stir until sugar dissolves then divide between the bottles. Leave a 2-3cm (3⁄4-1 1⁄4in) gap at the top of each bottle.
4) Store bottles in a dark place for at least 2 weeks (and no longer than 6 months), shaking them every 2 days to infuse. The longer you leave it, the better.
5) Label before giving as a gift. Serve as a liqueur over ice or make into a long drink with soda water, tonic or lemonade.
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