The Butlers Smashed… & Other Gin Based Cocktails

The Butlers Smashed
serves one
2 fresh strawberries
2 oz Butlers or Hendricks gin
Juice of half a lime
1/2 ounce sugar syrup
Crushed ice
Freshly ground black pepper
In a shaker, muddle the strawberries with with sugar syrup.
Add gin and lime juice.
Prepare a cocktail glass with crushed ice.
Shake with ice until chilled and strain into prepared glass.
Finish with a crack of freshly ground pepper.

Gin derives its signature flavour from the juniper berry (french equivalent genievre) , hence the name. This spirit can be traced to the 17th century when it was used for medicinal purposes and was given to soldiers to calm them before battle. When Gin rose in popularity as a consumable, turpentine was often used as the flavour component for the lower end products. The are four legal classes of gin; Juniper-flavoured spirit drinks, gin, distilled gin and London gin which all differ is production, aroma, flavour and alcoholic content. With gin ranging in quality, cost and aroma you are sure to find one that will tickle your fancy as you tackle the retro list below. Chin Chin darlings.

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Here are a few more gin based cocktails for your repertoire…