2.6 Scintillating Citrus Drinks
Learn to make three of the best zingy, citrus cocktails
Gin has a number of classic pairings; vermouth, bitters, and sparkling wine to name a few. A quality gin blends well with these companions because of its complex mix of botanicals. There is one more pairing to add to the list: citrus. Lemon, pink grapefruit, and orange peel feature (either together or by themselves) in the botanical list of all Ludlow Dry Gins. This means, when mixed with fresh citrus juice or quality citrus liqueurs, the zingy sharpness of the gin comes to life.
Here are three scintillating citrus cocktails that show off any Ludlow Dry Gin
The Officer's Gimlet
The Gimlet is a simple, seafaring sipper founded by scurvy suffering British Navy officers who added their prescriptions of Vitamin C to their gin rations. To drink like a naval officer, shake 2 parts gin, 1 part fresh lime juice and 1 part sugar syrup with ice. Use a sieve to decant your cocktail into a martini or coupe glass. This allows the citrusy concoction to wash across your taste buds unimpeded by shards of ice and miniature pockets of water. Use your lime wedge garnish to wipe juice around the rim of the glass for a sharp citrus tingle against your lips when you take your first sip.
Adding a small pinch of salt before you shake a Gimlet, enhances the sourness of the lime and gives the sweetness an extra bite. It also captures the taste of the sea air!
Stuck at home, unable to get fresh fruits for your cocktails? Our Quarantini is the perfect solution. Wardington's Triplecello captures all the vitality of fresh citrus juice because it hasn’t been over sweetened (like many of the Italian originals). Shake Triplecello, gin and orange liqueur in equal measures with ice. Cointreau or Triple sec are classic options for orange liqueurs, but to experience the natural warming flavours of orange without artificial sweetness, try Fortunella Golden Orange Liqueur. Decant the mixture through a sieve into a martini or coupe glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
You’ll rarely find a bartender recommending a liqueur instead of fresh fruit juice. However, try exchanging lemon juice for Triplecello for a wonderfully refreshing Tom Collins, a seriously sophisticated French 75, or a bright and fruity Bramble.
The King's Cup
Citrus obviously works really well with the core botanicals of Ludlow Dry Gins. Since these gins also complement some interesting fruity and unusual flavoured liqueurs, there is an opportunity for you to experiment with some really amazing cocktails at home. My simple starting recipe for experimenting myself is always 2 parts gin, 1 part liqueur, 1 part citrus juice, 1 part sugar syrup. The King’s Cup is exactly this recipe, using The King’s Ginger Liqueur and fresh lemon juice shaken with ice and decanted into a tumbler glass full of ice. Garnish with strips of fresh ginger and grated lemon zest.
Many bespoke cocktail recipes will start off with this 2:1:1:1 formula. Increase or decrease the lemon and sugar syrup to balance the tartness and sweetness for your taste. Add bitters to add a level of aromatic complexity, and/or an egg white to absorb the alcohol burn and give a light, creamy texture.