I don't often make cocktails.
If I have a drink in the evening or at the weekend, it tends to be a glass of wine and most likely red wine. I occasionally go wild and have a cider if I'm in a pub, but rarely drink cocktails. I have one exception though, if I step inside a Mexican restaurant, my first thought before I look at the menu is Margarita! I love them!
You won't find many cocktails in my recipe index, although you will find a plethora of smoothies, shakes and juices, but there's one I insist you try and that is my Fresh Strawberry and Elderflower Cocktail. It's heaven in a glass! We're well past strawberry season here in the UK now, but frozen strawberries are just as nice and instantly ice your drink. Just make sure your blender can handle the frozen fruit. I use a vitamix, so I can blend frozen fruit in seconds. Lucky girl that I am!
I was kindly sent some Hoxton Gin, so a cocktail was a must. I don't usually drink gin, but I thought as it is usually accompanied by a slice of lemon, it would work well with any citrus. I decided to pair it with grapefruit and the more seasonal clementines, although any small orange would do. The grapefruit I used was ruby red, which along with the clementine juice gave it a marvellous colour. I also added a splosh of Angustora bitters, but not their normal one, their orange edition.
Just a wee note about Hoxton Gin, for those gin connoisseurs out there. Hoxton gin is a smooth gin that is distilled with coconut and grapefruit. And now onto the recipe.
Ruby Red Gin Cocktail with Clementines
A colourful cocktail that is fruity and tart, but with a hint of sweetness.
- 50ml gin
- 1 grapefruit
- 4 clementines
- 3-4 teaspoons sugar
- a splash of angostura bitters
- a few ice cubes
1. Juice the grapefruit and clementines. Cut a couple of slices from one of the clementines before juicing, set these aside for serving with the drink.2. Pop all the ingredients except for the clementine slices into a blender and whizz.3. Serve over ice and clementine slices.4. Enjoy
Yield: Makes 1 large cocktail or 2 normal sized cocktails
Disclosure: Hoxtons sent me a bottle of gin to try. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.