Summer has arrived and for Hendrick’s Gin that means it’s time to get creative with your cocktails and to blend your own flavours. Start with a bottle of Hendrick’s Gin and with a few simple, added ingredients, you can make some liquid magic.
With its exquisite infusions of Bulgarian rose and cucumber, Hendrick’s Gin offers a signature summer cocktail taste. Inspired by its quirky, experimental style, we paired five custom Hendrick’s Gin cocktails with five distinct design movements from throughout history.
The Contemporary Cocktail: Hendrick’s Gin and Tonic
Bitter, floral and fizzy, the Hendrick’s Gin and Tonic needs no frills or fancies. Like the contemporary design movement, it is minimalist and thrives on the philosophy that less is more. Minimalist style is all about simple lines, solid colourways and pure geometric forms, and this cocktail reminds us of that uncomplicated sense of sophistication. It is what it is – a classic gin and tonic, prepared with ultra-premium gin and topped with cucumber for a refreshing finish.
50ml Hendrick’s Gin
150ml tonic water
3 thin slices of cucumber
Combine all the ingredients in a glass with ice.
The Mid-Century Modern Cocktail: Hendrick’s Summer Mule
Floral and fizzy, the Hendrick’s Summer Mule’s simple formula is injected with a cheeky hint of fruity flavour. This is a cocktail for lovers of Mid-century Modern style with its fresh aesthetic that is instinctively cool and undeniably bold. Like its matching design style, the cocktail combines different elements effortlessly, creating something that’s unique – every time. It’s topped up with ginger beer for a sweet finish.
1 cucumber, sliced
50ml Hendrick’s Gin
20ml fresh lime juice
10ml elderflower cordial
8 mint leaves, plus extra
Place the cucumber in a glass and break it up with a muddler. Add cracked ice and put in the other ingredients. Top with ginger beer and garnish with some extra mint.
The Avant-Garde Cocktail: Hendrick’s Summer Punch
The Hendrick’s Summer Punch is a drink for the outspoken, the vivacious – the lovers of the good life. Perfectly matched with the avant-garde design era, this cocktail breaks the rules and concocts its own mixture of outlandish flavours. Avant-garde style is about experimentation and a tendency towards the unconventional, so have fun and add more of one ingredient and less of another until you’re happy.
500ml Hendrick’s Gin
200ml lemon juice
70ml elderflower cordial
30ml maraschino liqueur
20ml lovage cordial
1 litre cloudy apple juice
Combine all the ingredients together in a large punch bowl, plant pot, tea pot, or any other suitable vessel. Add plenty of summer fruits (strawberries, raspberries, cucumber and lemon wheels) and a handful of ice. Serve in tea cups over cubed ice.
The Art Nouveau Cocktail: Bramble
With its distinctively fruity flavour, the Bramble cocktail embodies an Art Nouveau sense of beauty. Discarding the bounds of geometry and form, this style embraces all things natural – flowery forms, intriguing colourways, romantic patterning. Drizzled with créme de mûre, each Bramble cocktail is alluringly different and is tinged with a bitter-sweet flavour that will tantalise the palette and conjure up thoughts of carefree summer days.
50ml Hendrick’s Gin
25ml lemon juice
12.5ml sugar syrup
12.5ml créme de mûre
Combine all the ingredients, except for the créme de mûre, in a shaker. Shake briskly before straining into a glass over crushed ice. Stir, adding more crushed ice if required, to fill up the glass. Drizzle créme de mûre over the top and garnish with a slice of lemon and a blackberry.
The Art Deco Cocktail: Raspberry Rose Royale
The Raspberry Rose Royale cocktail bears resemblance to the Art Deco design movement. Stemming from the era of scientific progress, Art Deco represents a time of decadence, prosperity and embellishment, characterised by bold shapes and colours – everything that came to characterise the high life. Topped with bubbly, this cocktail is deliciously flamboyant.
25ml Hendrick’s Gin
5ml sugar syrup
1 fresh raspberry
Combine the gin, sugar and raspberry in a cocktail shaker and shake briskly. After three strong shakes, finely strain into a bubbly flute before topping up with bubbly. Give it one last stir and enjoy.
This post was sponsored by Hendrick’s Gin.