Sunday 16 July 2017

Refreshing Summer Cocktails with Hayman's Gin

As warmer weather is fast approaching, Hayman's the original English Gin Makers, have added a dash of Englishness to classic cocktails - perfect to enjoy on lazy summer days in the garden. Introducing three refreshing cocktails; English Ruby FizzLavender Lady and Victorian Mojito, each recipe incorporates Hayman’s London Dry Gin, seasonal fruits, mixers and flavours to create traditional summer cocktails but with a delicious twist.

I thought these sounded so lovely, that I couldn't resist making one. I'm a big mint and lime fan so I just had to make the Hayman's Victorian Mojito which was not only refreshing and delicious but also so quick and simple to make. Perfect if you have company and need to batch make some cocktails quickly. 

Hayman's Victorian Mojito

Nothing says summer like a sun lounger, a good book and a refreshing minty mojito in the back garden.   The Victorian Mojito combines Hayman’s London Dry Gin with fresh mint and lime juice balanced with sugar syrup to create an ideal English classic.

Makes 1 cocktail;

50ml Hayman's London Dry Gin
25ml Freshly squeezed lime juice
20ml Sugar syrup
Premium tonic water or soda water
Freshly picked mint leaves

1. Fill a highball glass with cracked or crushed ice and a few fresh mint leaves
2. Pour in the Hayman’s London Dry Gin and let it run down over the ice
3.  Add the lime juice and sugar syrup
4.  Churn vigorously ensuring the ingredients are well mixed
5.   Top with the tonic water or soda water
6.    Garnish with a mint sprig

Or how about trying one these; 

Hayman’s Lavender Lady

The Lavender Lady is the Hayman’s take on the traditional sour White Lady cocktail.   The egg white creates a silky mixture, which perfectly accompanies the honey and Cointreau.  Top the cocktail with a sprig of Lavender, and sit back in the garden and relax.

Makes 1 cocktail; 

50ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin

20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

10ml of locally sourced honey or 20ml of honey water

10ml Cointreau

1 medium egg white

Dash of orange bitters

Sprig of lavender to garnish

Honey water:

1. Combine equal parts of honey and hot water

2. Stir until mixed


1.  Add cubed ice to a cocktail shaker

2.  Pour the Hayman’s London Dry Gin over the ice

3.  Add all the remaining ingredients, except the garnish

4.  Give all the ingredients a very hard shake and strain into cocktail glass

5. Garnish with a sprig of lavender

Hayman’s English Ruby Fizz

Semi-sweet, refreshing and with an eye-catching pink tint, the English Ruby Fizz is the ideal al fresco cocktail.  The sweet taste of the raspberries partners perfectly with the spicy ginger notes.

Makes 1 cocktail;


50ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin

20ml lime juice

10ml sugar syrup or Grenadine

4-8 fresh raspberries or raspberry syrup

Ginger Ale to top with

Lime wheel and fresh raspberries to garnish


1. Fill a highball glass with plenty of large cubes of ice

2. Set aside the ginger ale and garnish, and combine all remaining ingredients in a shaker with the ice

3. Shake well for approximately 12 seconds

4. Double strain into the highball allowing the liquid to run over the ice

5. Top with ginger ale

6. Garnish with a lime wheel and raspberries

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