Gin Cocktail Tips

Posted: Sunday January 30 2022

By: Abbie Coleman

Sometimes we just have to battle through the British weather and what better way to lift the spirits (quite literally) than to rustle up a lovely springtime cocktail at home?

Gin Cocktail Tips

By Still And Heart

Sometimes we just have to battle through the British weather and what better way to lift the spirits (quite literally) than to rustle up a lovely springtime cocktail at home?

To enhance your cocktails it’s really worth the 15 minutes that it takes to make a simple herb sugar syrup.

  • Take ½ a cup of sugar, add 1 cup of water and simmer in a pan until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add 4-5 sprigs of thyme and stir.  Give the thyme a bit of a bash with you wooden spoon to relieve a bit of stress and to get out the luscious herbal oils into that sugar syrup.
  • Simmer gently for 5-10 minutes then turn off the heat and allow to cool.
  • When you’re ready to use the syrup, or need the pan filter into a clean jar or jug.   A paper coffee filter works well or a fine sieve, you’re just removing the thyme leaves and stems.

When it’s gin o’clock

  • you just need to add 50ml gin, 25 ml thyme syrup
  • 25 ml of lemon juice and a handful of ice to your cocktail shaker and give it a good old shake.  (If you don’t have a cocktail shaker mix it all up in a glass jug).
  • Strain into a chilled glass, add more ice (or snow!?) and top up with soda water or a light tonic water depending on your preference.
  • Obviously you can make a larger drink or pitcher quantities by increasing your ingredients in line with the ratios above.

If you want more inspiration for inventive ways to use up the thyme syrup just look online, the possibilities are endless!

# Gin Cocktail Tips