Hayman’s Signature Serves
World Gin Day is to us what Christmas is to a hyperactive five-year-old. We count down the minutes to that venerable June date, anticipating all the launches and celebrations that are going to take place. Such is our dedication to the cause, we’ve teamed up with Hayman’s and created an itinerary of classic gin cocktails to see you through from morning to night – kicking off at brunch and ending somewhere in the heady thrall of the small hours.
11am: Corpse Reviver No.2 #1
The Corpse Reviver was designed to be a hair of the dog drink – to pull you out of that morning-after hole and ready you for another day. It’s so strong it’s almost wrong, and at Gin Foundry we love it madly.
25 ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin
25ml Triple Sec
25ml fresh lemon juice
Method: Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and then strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
1.00pm: Sloe Gin Fizz
Fizzes are acceptable afternoon fair – the bubbles add a nice tint to the day but don’t knock you for six, instead bringing a nice, warm buzz. Perfect for those looking for a tipple with a twist. If you happen to have skipped brunch, try using some sloe gin muddled fresh red fruit for an indulgent topping on pancakes while you’re at it…
Hayman’s Sloe Gin is made to an old family recipe and as such is a beautifully authentic, well-balanced sloe with flavours of red fruits and gourmand almond, which mix well with others – Champagne especially.
30ml Hayman’s Sloe Gin
Method: Pour the Hayman’s Sloe Gin into a chilled Champagne flute, then top up with your fizz of choice and stir, gently.
Count Negroni’s take on the Americano is a strong, bitter drink whose red hue is a warning for the punch that’s about to come. The popularity of the drink is ever growing, and it holds a (deservedly) revered role in the world of aperitivos.
Hayman’s Family Reserve works here – it’s got a barrel rested tranquillity that pairs well with Campari and Sweet Vermouth. In our version of the Negroni we use Contratto Bitter in place of the former and Contratto Rosso in place of the latter. Contratto Bitter is a slightly softer alternative to Campari – partnering up well with the rounded nature of the Family Reserve.
1 part Hayman’s Family Reserve Gin
1 part Contratto Bitter
1 part Contratto Rosso
Method: Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass and garnish with orange peel.
7.00pm: Pink Gin
The name Pink Gin may conjure images of the candy sweet starter-cocktails that accompanied your early drinking years, but this sometimes brutish drink is a world away. It’s strong, bitter and carries a hell of a kick – like a newly divorced horse in the throes of middle age.
As this drink got its start in the Royal Navy, Hayman’s Royal Dock is an appropriate fit. The increased flavour profile brought about by the higher strength will bring complexity to an otherwise simple drink.
50ml Hayman’s Royal Dock
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Method: Pour both ingredients into a glass with ice. Stir until cold, then strain into a chilled Martini glass.
Last, but so far from least, is the Martinez. This is a strong, sophisticated post-dinner cocktail with a long, long history and enough alcohol to see you through a night in the dimly lit corners of a speakeasy bar.
Hayman’s Old Tom Gin was introduced in 2007 at the behest of the London cocktail community, who sought the full spectrum of gins as specified in classic cocktail books. Hayman’s were truly pioneers when it came to bringing classic styles back, and as such their Old Tom is to be praised not only for its quality (which is great – Hayman Distillers is one of the longest serving family-owned gin distillers in England, and this recipe is pulled from their archives, bringing with it great authenticity) but for it’s ingenuity.
50ml Hayman’s Old Tom Gin,
20ml Sweet Vermouth
20ml Dry Vermouth
5ml Maraschino Liqueur
1 dash brokers bitters
Method: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice. Stir, then strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist.
World Gin Day 2016 takes place on 11th June 2016. Come and celebrate with us at Junipalooza London, where you’ll be able to meet the makers behind Hayman’s (and countless other gins).
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