G&T anyone? It is not hard to tell that we are a nation that likes a drink or two on their days off, so it is no surprise that there are many festivals that celebrate our favourite tipples! This week Glasgow is welcoming the Gin and Rum Festival over the 12th-13th of August at the Briggait Glasgow to bring you a unique experience to explore the two spirits!
If you are on the hunt for a new favourite tipple, then this is for you as there will be over 120 different gins and rums! There are so many options out there, that it can be a bit overwhelming when you are faced with 101 options all with different notes of flavour that can be a bit of a mind field. The event will allow you to expand your knowledge and help find your new ‘go-to’ drink with masterclasses from local distillers and the opportunity to sample some gin and rum from vendors at the event!
To celebrate the festival, we have decided to do our top picks on classic recipes for the two iconic spirits!
First on the menu we have went for a all round favourite the bramble gin cocktail!
Bramble Gin Cocktail
20ml rhubarb & gin Edinburgh gin
50ml Edinburgh gin
25ml lemon juice
2 dashes of rhubarb bitters
10ml Crème de Figue
5ml Crème de Cassis
Blackberries to garnish
Shake all the ingredients together except the Crème de Cassis in a shaker.
Then single strain into a brandy glass filled with crushed ice.
Float the Crème de Cassis on top and garnish with blackberries! Sit back and enjoy!
Up next we have a nice and easy tipple She’s a Belter
She’s a Belter
37.5ml Glaswegin London dry gin
12.5ml raspberry liqueur
12.5ml blackberry liqueur
15ml sugar syrup
25ml lemon juice
Pour everything into one glass over some crushed ice and stir!
Garnish with your choice of berries and enjoy!
For our final drink we are paying homage to Captain Jack Sparrow’s favourite spirit with a twist, with a spiced rum mojito.
Spiced Rum Mojito
1 tbsp sugar
1 lime 1 shot of The 45 Scottish Spiced Rum
Soda water or lemonade
Crush a small amount of fresh mint with the sugar and the juice from one lime in a tall glass.
Add in a shot of The 45 Scottish Spiced Rum. Stir and fill the glass with ice and top up with soda water or lemonade.
Finish with fresh mint and a wedge of lime and enjoy!
If you enjoyed these cocktails, then you will be in for a treat at the Glasgow Gin and Rum Festival. You will be spoilt for choice and will learn some of tips and tricks of the trade!
If you are wanting to find some more inspiring recipes make sure to check out our past blogs!