My current favourite gin cocktail is the Salty Salt River Dog, which is a grapefruit based cocktail made using our Salt River gin.
50ml Hope on Hopkins Salt River Gin
100ml freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, from a large pink grapefruit
25ml fresh lime juice
25ml thyme infused simple syrup (see below for how to prepare this)
For the garnish
Either a pinch of rock salt and a sprig of thyme or a wedge of lime
for the thyme simple syrup
8 sprigs of fresh thyme
To prepare the thyme simple syrup
Put the sugar and water into a small pot on the stove and stir over a medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat, add the thyme sprigs and steep for 15 minutes, then strain.
To make the cocktail
Pour the grapefruit juice, Salt River Gin, lime juice and thyme syrup into a cocktail shaker.
Fill the shaker with large blocks of ice. Stir thoroughly until chilled and strain into a glass filled with ice.
Add a pinch of salt to the drink and serve with a sprig of thyme or a wedge of lime.
Alternatively you can salt the rim of the glass before pouring.
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