Inspired by World Gin Day or simply looking for a fresh take on your favourite tipple, there’s never been a better time to think outside the glass.
With the help of award-winning bartender and mixologist Walter Pintus, and the good folks at Caorunn, purveyors of premium handcrafted Scottish gin, the team at TLR proudly present two new cocktails that just might find the way into your regular repertoire.
An Afternoon in the Highlands
A sophisticated take on the classic G&T, this cocktail involves a fermentation process that brings a concentration of acidity, fruitiness and umami notes, all embraced with some quinine aromatics and a hint of floral smoke, for an extra layer of flavour. Recommended glass: a tumbler or gin balloon glass
- 40ml Caorunn Gin
- 30ml raspberry cordial or raspberry fermentation
- 25ml lemon juice
- 40ml tonic water
- 2ml peat whisky
- Stir all the ingredients with ice and serve in a rocks glass over ice
- Garnish with wildflowers.
For the raspberry cordial, stir together 500 grams of caster sugar with one litre of water and 200g raspberries in a pan. Bring it to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes. Let it cool down, strain and refrigerate.
If using a raspberry fermentation, weigh 20 grams of raspberries, add 5 grams of salt and wait three to four days.
A straightforward recipe , this can be built directly in the glass, over ice cubes. If you don’t have a measure, use the screw cap from a bottle, which takes roughly 10ml of liquid.
A celebration of the beloved blackberry, this cocktail has a bittersweet character and a refreshing, fruity finish. Light and amble, this drink goes down a treat in a tumbler on a sunny afternoon…
- 30ml Caorunn Gin
- 10ml Campari
- 2.5ml cider vinegar
- Quarter apple
- One blackberry
- 10ml sugar syrup
- Garnish: Blackberries
- In a shaker, muddle the apple and the blackberry together.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and shake.
- Double strain over ice and garnish with a blackberry.
If you don’t have a shaker to hand, a clean, empty jar will do the job, just remember to seal it before you start shaking! Be sure to strain all the fruit out before serving.
Want more Summer cocktail inspiration? Try this Cinco de Mayo-inspired lemon Margarita!