Winter Cocktails

 

Ginger, cinnamon and cloves bring a festive glow to the cocktail recipes below. Though, winter doesn’t have to be all spice and rich fruit – try the fantastically fresh Margarita’s English Cousin. It’s a great antidote to the otherwise rich and filling offerings at this time of year. Each cocktail has been developed in-house to work perfectly with Cooper King Dry Gin. Enjoy.


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First Day of Christmas

Pear, honey and ginger come together to create a wonderful winter cocktail.

  • 1 fresh small pear

  • 5 fresh cranberries

  • 50ml cranberry juice

  • 35ml Cooper King Dry Gin

  • 12.5ml triple sec

  • 12.5ml honey

  • 1 tsp ground ginger

  • Orange peel

Reserve the slice of orange peel for garnish. Muddle chopped pear and sliced cranberries in a cocktail shaker before adding the rest of the ingredients. Add plenty of ice and shake vigorously until chilled. Double strain into a chilled martini glass. Twist the orange peel over the drink to release the oils, then garnish.

Note: Triple sec is an orange liqueur of French origin. Well-known brands include Cointreau and De Kuyper, and are widely available.


Winter Solstice

A richly coloured festive drink perfect for long nights.

  • 1 crab apple

  • 1 clementine

  • 4 fresh blackberries

  • 50ml cranberry juice

  • 35ml Cooper King Dry Gin

  • 12.5ml crème de cassis

  • 12.5ml sugar syrup

  • 4 whole cloves

  • 1 tsp ground ginger

  • 1 tsp cinnamon / kibbled cassia

Reserve the crab apple for garnish. Muddle the peeled clementine and blackberries in a cocktail shaker until well juiced. Add the rest of the ingredients, plenty of ice and shake vigorously until chilled. Double strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the reserved crab apple.

Note: Crème de cassis is a blackcurrant liqueur which originated in France. It is available in most bottle shops and supermarkets. The tart crab apple garnish on the nose contrasts nicely with the rich berry flavours on the palate.

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Margarita’s English Cousin

A zesty, gin-based relative of the famous tequila-based cocktail, purportedly from Mexico.

  • 2 fresh cranberries

  • ½ a small lime

  • ½ a clementine

  • 50ml cranberry juice

  • 35ml Cooper King Dry Gin

  • 12.5ml triple sec

  • 12.5ml sugar syrup

Reserve the cranberries for garnish. Squeeze the lime into a cocktail shaker, then add the lime itself along with peeled clementine. Muddle until well juiced. Add the rest of the ingredients, plenty of ice and shake vigorously until chilled. Double strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with the reserved cranberries.

Note: Triple sec is an orange liqueur of French origin. Well-known brands include Cointreau and De Kuyper, and are widely available.