There are some standard rules and a few staples you’ll need:The rules: There is such thing as too much gin. I know. I didn’t think so either, but after many cocktail masterclasses, I admit defeat. Stick to a single or double measure and you will have a nicer drink.
Ice-ice baby. Get your glass filled up with ice. It’s actually a myth that the less ice you use, the less your drink will dilute. In fact the more ice you use, the colder the whole glass will stay and the slower the ice will melt, diluting your lovely drink.
The wider the glass, the better the whole experience. The reason balloon glasses have come in to fashion (we’ll get onto these in a minute) is because they allow the drinker to smell all of the spices and flavours. Although we may feel a bit silly smelling and swilling wine round, it really does make a difference with gin. The main flavour you’ll pick out is the juniper berry and that’s what makes gin, gin.
Cucumber is just for salads and tuna sandwiches right? Wrong! Who on Earth would have thought it makes such a difference to a g&t? Garnish to your hearts content. From slices of cucumber, to slithers of ginger, sprigs of rosemary and wedges of lime; they can all be your garnish staples. For those of you who aren’t keen on a sweet drink – crack some black pepper in there for a fiery taste.
Start with the balloon glass, you can pick one up from pretty much any good homeware shop – try these ones from Sainsburys at 2 for £10.
A jigger. Cool name, cool little bit of kit. One way up gives you your single measure or flip it upside down for a double. If you don’t have a jigger, then go by 25ml for a single or 50ml for a double.
A swizzle stick – this isn’t essential and it is a bit fiddly (bear in mind you may have a few spills and may need to call out our cleaning specialists), but once you get the hang of it, it really does look good and it gets the best from the drink. All you do is:
o Place the spoon end over the top of the tonic bottle
o Put your thumb on top of the spoon and wrap your fingers around the neck of the bottle
o Carefully tip the bottle up 90 degrees and watch the tonic swizzle down the stick into the glass, just as the name suggests. This fancy technique stops the tonic from losing its fizz as it crashes into the glass
A knife and board to cut up your garnish, simple as that.
The perfect cocktail: Safeclean’s take on a traditional English garden. You’ll need:
Gin – we recommend Daffy’s gin
Fill your glass up with ice and carefully swill it round to get the glass nice and cold
Pour in your gin
Use your swizzle stick to stir the gin around the ice
Using your swizzle stick and newly-learned fancy technique, pour in your ginger ale (200ml will do)
Pour in a single measure of elderflower tonic – double it up if you’ve got a sweet tooth
Peel a slice of ginger, break it in half and drop it in
Slice a wedge of lime and run it round the rim of the glass for an added burst of flavour
Squeeze the lime wedge over the drink (cover it with your other hand, we don’t want you getting lime juice in your eyes…) then drop it in
Give it one last gentle stir
Finally add a small sprig of rosemary into the ice – really this just makes it look fancy!
Congratulations – thanks to Safeclean you now know how to make the perfect gin cocktail and can impress your friends the comfort of your own home! And remember, should you have one too many and spill it on your sofa or your lovely cream carpet, we’re here.
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