• Tara

4 Gin Cocktails You Can Make For Your Crew During World Gin Day, or Any Day

Let the drinking be-GIN *clinck clinck* 🍸

Is it me or every year, someone just picks a random day, decides that it's going to be 'World Something Day' then proceeds to create a lot of hype around it until it actually becomes a thing? Just recently, I found out that there's a World 'Punch your Neighbour' Day. As in who even comes up with these things?


Not that I'm complaining because we, as Gin drinkers, have a World Gin Day *cues fireworks and confetti* 🎆 It's on the 8th of June 2019; and the best part is that it's on a Saturday!! That means we can spend the weekend making drinks to drinks to drinks, drinking them and maybe hit the club after!! Did someone say it's a lituation? Because I heard it's a GINtuation!

"To gin or not to gin?" That is a silly question. Of course, it's always TO GIN!!

Important: Don't worry if you don't have a shaker, you can use a water bottle. These are homemade cocktails, we must improvise. Also, for all the drinks, if the sweetness, strength or fizziness isn't enough you can add the ingredients according to your tastes and stir.


Strong & GIN-dependent

1. Strong & GIN-dependent

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 yellow lemons- 1 for juice, 1 for garnish (The garnish is optional)

  • 3 shots of gin

  • Soda water

  • Garnish with lemon slices and raspberries (Optional)

Raspberry simple syrup

  • ½ cup of raspberries

  • ½ cup of cold water

  • ½ cup of sugar

Directions

  1. Put the sugar, water and raspberries in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium to high heat for 10 - 15 minutes.

  2. Let it cool, then sieve the syrup into a separate cup/glass.

  3. In a shaker combine the lemon juice, raspberry syrup and gin. Shake, and strain equally into glasses half filled with ice, raspberries and lemon slices. Top with soda water.


Kiw-Ijumaa

2. Kiw-Ijumaa

Credits to Maina Juma for coming up with this recipe

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ kiwis (peeled)

  • 1 yellow lemon (juiced)

  • 2 shots of gin

  • Soda water & Tangawizi soda

  • Kiwi slices for garnish (Optional)

Simple syrup

  • ½ cup of hot water

  • ½ cup of sugar

Directions

  1. Combine the sugar and hot water in a cup, stir for the sugar to dissolve faster.

  2. In a shaker, combine the kiwi, simple syrup and the lemon juice. Mush them until the kiwi becomes mushy. Add the gin and shake.

  3. Strain the drink equally into glasses half filled with ice and kiwi slices. Top with soda water and tangawizi soda.


Mr. GIN-tastic

3. Mr. GIN-tastic

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 3 ½ yellow lemons (Juiced)

  • Simple syrup (Refer to Kiw-Ijumaa for recipe)

  • 5 mint leaves

  • 3 shots of gin

  • Soda and Tonic water

  • Lemon slices and mint leaves for garnish (Optional)

Directions

  1. Combine the lemon juice, simple syrup and gin to a shaker. Slap the mint leaves and add them to the shaker. (Someone told me that the mint slaps the most when it's literally slapped)

  2. Strain the drink equally into glasses half filled with ice, lemon slices and mint leaves. Top with soda water and tonic water.


Strawberry Dracarys

4. Strawberry Dracarys

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 2 yellow lemons- 1 for juice, 1 for garnish (The garnish is optional)

  • 3 shots of gin

  • Soda water

  • Garnish with lemon and strawberry slices (Optional)

Strawberry simple syrup

  • ½ cup of strawberries

  • ½ cup of cold water

  • ½ cup of sugar

Directions

  1. Put the sugar, water and strawberries in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium to high heat for 10 - 15 minutes.

  2. Let it cool, then sieve the syrup into a separate cup/glass.

  3. In a shaker combine the lemon juice, strawberry syrup and gin. Shake, and strain equally into glasses half filled with ice, strawberry and lemon slices. Top with soda water.

What I love the most about these 'World Something Days' is that you get to be part of something that's bigger than you. Even though it's as silly as World Gin Day or as serious as Pride Month, one is able to find a community they vibe with and belong and that, in itself, is a beautiful thing 😍


Love makes the world go round... but gin; gin makes it spin 💃🕺


To all things tasty,

- T