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THE GIN GARDEN

Gin // cloudy apple juice // elderflower // cucumber

The Gin Garden is by far one of our best sellers at events. It has a beautifully crisp and refreshing flavour, with hints of elderflower and cucumber make it a big hit. Plus come on, who doesn't want a gin cocktail?

If you are using your box to make 12 cocktails, you'll need 25ml of gin, 50ml of cloudy apple juice, 50ml of elderflower and some fresh cucumber. If you want to make 6 stronger cocktails, I would recommend upping to 50ml of gin and just adding slightly more cloudy apple juice. It's a taste preference, you're the creator, so just see how you go!

  1. Add 25ml of gin to your jam jar.

  2. Fill the jar with ice. You want this to be to the top of the jam, but so that you can also get the lid on. 

  3. Add 50ml of cloudy apple juice.

  4. Add 50ml of elderflower.

  5. Put the lid on and give it a good shake!

  6. Add a slice of cucumber. Sometimes I like to take a vegetable peeler and peel off the length of the cucumber, then roll it up. 

  7. Put a straw in and enjoy. This is one for the sun. 

Moscow mule

vodka // fresh lime // ginger beer

This is one of my favourite cocktails. It's simple and has a good hit to it. The ginger beer needs to be fiery and you should be able to taste hints of the vodka, that's brought to life by the fresh lime. If I was going to make one of mine a double, this would be it.

If you are using your box to make 12 cocktails, you'll need 25ml of vodka, 100ml of ginger beer and a quarter of a fresh lime. If you want to make 6 stronger cocktails, I would recommend upping to 50ml of vodka and just adding slightly more ginger beer. It's a taste preference, you're the creator, so just see how you go! Adding much more lime might make it slightly acidic.

  1. Add 25ml of vodka to your jam jar.

  2. Add a quarter of a lime, giving it a good squeeze as you drop it into the jar.

  3. Fill the jar with ice. You want this to be to the top of the jam, but so that you can also get the lid on. 

  4. Put the lid on and give it a good shake!

  5. Top up with 100ml of ginger beer. 

  6. You can add a peice of lime to the top for decoration. I don't squeeze mine to prevent acidic flavours dominating the cocktail, I let it sit on the top. I usually create a lime wheel!

  7. Put a straw in and enjoy.

Rum Punch

Dark rum // pineapple juice // orange juice // fresh lime

The sun couldn't have come out at a more perfect time for this one! Fresh, fruity and with notes of punchy rum, livened up with fresh lime.

If you are using your box to make 12 cocktails, you'll need 25ml of rum, 50ml of orange juice, 50 ml of pineapple juice and an eighth of a fresh lime. If you want to make 6 stronger cocktails, I would recommend upping to 50ml of rum and just adding slightly more pineapple juice. It's a taste preference, you're the creator, so just see how you go! 

  1. Add 25ml of rum to your jam jar.

  2. Add an eighth of a lime, giving it a good squeeze as you drop it into the jar.

  3. Add 50ml of orange juice.

  4. Add 50ml of pineapple juice.

  5. Fill the jar with ice. You want this to be to the top of the jam, but so that you can also get the lid on. 

  6. Put the lid on and give it a good shake!

  7. You can add a piece of lime to the top for decoration. I give mine a slight squeeze for this one, lime and rum is a serious combo.

  8. Put a straw in and enjoy.

pina colada

 Malibu white rum // pineapple juice // coconut milk

The Pina Colada is a classic, created in Puerto Rico, dating back to 1952. This cocktail just gets me thinking about future holidays on the beach. The Malibu taste is rich and runs through the cocktail, with creamy coconut milk and a tangy hit of pineapple. 

If you are using your box to make 12 cocktails, you'll need 25ml of Malibu, 50ml of pineapple juice and 3 tablespoons of coconut milk. If you want to make 6 stronger cocktails, I would recommend upping to 50ml of Malibu and just adding slightly more pineapple juice, say another 25ml. I like to empty my coconut milk into a container, give it a good mix and leave it in the fridge for 30 mins before I use it. It cools the mixture and creates a more creamy texture. It's a taste preference, you're the creator, so just see how you go!

  1. Add 25ml of Malibu to your jam jar.

  2. Fill the jar with ice. You want this to be to the top of the jam, but so that you can also get the lid on. 

  3. Add 50ml of pineapple juice.

  4. Give you tin of coconut milk a good shake, open and mix (or remove from the fridge and mix if you emptied it into a container)!

  5. Add 3 tablespoons of coconut milk to your jam jar. This amount will allow the pineapple flavour to come through more - if you like it a bit creamier, then add an extra tablespoon.

  6. Put the lid on and give it a good shake.

  7. Put a straw in and enjoy. Top tip - stand outside with your eyes closed and take a sip whilst pretending you are on a beach...).

cosmopolitan

Absolut vodka // cointreau // cranberry juice // lime

The Cosmopolitan is a sharp, punchy cocktail. I really love the taste of cointreau, a little goes a long way with this one. The sharpness of the cranberry is what this ones all about, with underlying flavours of the Finlandia vodka running through. 

If you are using your box to make 12 cocktails, you'll need 25ml of vodka, 100ml of cranberry juice, a quarter of a fresh lime and a dash of cointreau. If you want to make 6 stronger cocktails, I would recommend upping to 50ml of vodka and just adding another dash of cointreau. It's a taste preference, you're the creator, so just see how you go! 

  1. Add 25ml of vodka to your jam jar.

  2. Add a quarter of a lime, giving it a good squeeze as you drop it into the jar.

  3. Fill the jar with ice. You want this to be to the top of the jam, but so that you can also get the lid on. 

  4. Add a dash of Cointreau (remember if you are making 12 cocktails, then this will need to go 4 ways - a little is enough as its a powerful flavour).

  5. Add 100ml of cranberry juice

  6. Put the lid on and give it a good shake!

  7. You can add a peice of lime to the top for decoration. I don't squeeze mine to prevent acidic flavours dominating the cocktail, I let it sit on the top. I usually create a lime wheel!

  8. Put a straw in and enjoy.

gin fizz

Tanqueray gin // pineapple juice // ginger ale // lime

This is a fresh and zingy cocktail that is perfect for drinking in the sun. It goes hand in hand with a BBQ. It's refreshing, fizzy and has the taste of pineapple through it. Summer is upon us. 

If you are using your box to make 12 cocktails, you'll need 25ml of gin, 50ml of pineapple juice, 50ml of ginger ale and a wedge of lemon. If you want to make 6 stronger cocktails, I would recommend upping to 50ml of gin. This one works well as a single measure though!

  1. Add 25ml of gin to your jam jar.

  2. Fill the jar with ice. You want this to be to the top of the jam, but so that you can also get the lid on. 

  3. Add 50ml of pineapple juice.

  4. Put the lid on and give it a good shake.

  5. Top with 50ml of ginger ale.

  6. Add a wedge of lemon. Get a spoon and give it a gentle mix, you'll see the pineapple rise up through the drink.

  7. Put a straw in and enjoy. Recommendation: Drink this one in the sun. 

tequila sunrise

jose cuervo tequila // simple syrup // grapefruit juice // lime

When I first started playing around with tequila cocktails, I was convinced I wouldn't like them. I thought that I would get caught up in remembering shots on a night out... However, I just love them. You can taste the tequila in this one, but with the sharpness of the grapefruit and lime and a slight undertone of sweet strawberry, all is forgotten.

If you are using your box to make 12 cocktails, you'll need 25ml of tequila, 100ml of grapefruit juice, a splash of strawberry syrup and a quarter of a lime.. If you want to make 6 stronger cocktails, I would recommend upping to 50ml of tequila. It's a taste preference, you're the creator, so just see how you go! 

  1. Add 25ml of tequila to your jam jar.

  2. Fill the jar with ice. You want this to be to the top of the jam, but so that you can also get the lid on. 

  3. Add 100ml of grapefruit juice. 

  4. Add a splash of the syrup. I don't like mine too sweet, so I would use just under a quarter of my mini jar. It's up to you though. Maybe try it with a little first and add more if you need to.

  5. Put the lid on and give it a good shake! 

  6. Put a straw in and enjoy.

french martini

absolut vodka // raspberry liquor // pineapple juice // lemon

I was never a massive fan of a straight up classic martini. I do however love all of the variations that can be made up around it - this has to be one of my favourite of those variations. The double spirits give it some strength and the fresh taste of lemon adds a little zing!

If you are using your box to make 12 cocktails, you'll need 25ml of vodka, about 12ml of raspberry liquor, 75ml of pineapple juice and an eight of a lemon. If you want to make 6 stronger cocktails, I would recommend upping to 50ml of vodka and a splash more of raspberry liquor. It's a taste preference, you're the creator, so just see how you go! 

  1. Add 25ml of vodka to your jam jar.

  2. Add 12ml (half a shot) of raspberry liquor.

  3. Fill the jar with ice. You want this to be to the top of the jam, but so that you can also get the lid on. 

  4. Add 75ml of grapefruit juice. 

  5. Squeeze in an eight of a lemon and discard the rest. Make sure you have taken the pips out. 

  6. Put the lid on and give it a good shake! 

  7. Add a wedge of lemon on the top, put a straw in and enjoy.

jam jar whiskey sour

pig's nose whiskey // ginger jam // simple syrup // lemon

I'd say that a whiskey sour or amaretto sour would be one of my first choices on a cocktail menu. I like that they are strong tasting cocktails and that you can have little sips yet get so much flavour. This version is one that I have made up myself, using a delicious and flavoursome ginger jam. If you are planning to make one of your cocktails a double, I would go fo this one. It works fine as a single if your looking for a little cocktail hit!

If you are using your box to make 12 cocktails, you'll need 25ml of whiskey, a small teaspoon of ginger jam (roughly a level teaspoon), a dash of simple syrup and an eighth of a lemon. If you want to make 6 stronger cocktails, I would recommend upping to 50ml of whiskey and maybe a slight touch more of the jam. It's a taste preference, you're the creator, so just see how you go! 

  1. Add 25ml of whisky to your jam jar.

  2. Add a dash of simple syrup.

  3. Add a level teaspoon of ginger jam (go for more if you love the ginger hit!)

  4. Chuck in your lemon (make sure there are no pips).

  5. Fill the jar with ice. You want this to be to the top of the jam, but so that you can also get the lid on.  

  6. Put the lid on and give it a good shake! 

  7. Add a wedge of lemon on the top, put a straw in and enjoy.

Honey kick 

Miodula honey vodka // cloudy lemonade // ginger ale // lemon

This drink brings back childhood memories of my grandma's house. I think it's the smells that really trigger it. This honey vodka is very subtle with is taste and actually isn't too sweet. It really works well with a cloudy lemonade.

If you are using your box to make 12 cocktails, you'll need 25ml of honey vodka, 50ml of cloudy lemonade, 50 ml of ginger ale and an eight of a lemon. If you want to make 6 stronger cocktails, I would recommend upping to 50ml of the honey vodka and a splash more of lemonade.

  1. Add 25ml of honey vodka to your jam jar.

  2. Chuck in your lemon

  3. Fill the jar with ice. You want this to be to the top of the jam, but so that you can also get the lid on. 

  4. Put the lid on and give it a good shake! 

  5. Add 50ml of the cloudy lemonade.

  6. Add 50ml of ginger ale

  7. Give it a mix with a spoon

  8. Add a wedge of lemon on the top, put a straw in and enjoy.