Making Cocktails with Hayman’s London Dry Gin

A bottle of gin with a glass of gin and tonic

It’s no secret that I like an alcoholic drink once in a while, either on a night out with the girls or to wind down after a stressful day. Imagine sitting in the garden on a warm Summer’s evening enjoying a refreshing gin and tonic, now that sound’s perfect to me.

I was lucky enough to be sent a parcel from Hayman’s Original Gin* to try out a few cocktails, so you can guess how excited I was!

A bottle of gin next to a glass of gin and tonic

Gin is usually mixed with ice and topped off with tonic, how much is really down to each person’s taste. Never having tried Gin before I had to play around until I found the mix that I liked, obviously this was a very difficult task!

Cocktails have become really popular lately and there are loads of different recipes out there using gin, so I’d been looking forward to experimenting with a couple of different ones. I had some friends round on Saturday evening, which was the perfect opportunity for me to try out some cocktails using Haymen’s Gin. To be honest, I had expected gin to taste too bitter for me but to my surprise I really enjoyed it, and it tasted even more delicious when I mixed it with a few extras.

Hayman’s date back over 150 years and still make their gin in the traditional way, by hand, using family recipes from the 19th century. There have been five generations of the Hayman’s family who have acted as custodians of the English Gin style. Ten botanicals have been beautifully blended to create a distinctive, classic finish, which truely sets it apart from others. Hayman’s uses a unique two day distillation process taking place in a traditional copper pot, which is still called ‘Marjorie’, this allows the botanicals to work and capture the lively citrus flavours.

A bottle of gin

Hayman’s London Dry Gin has subtle hints of juniper, coriander, lemon and orange peel, along with cinnamon and other spices for a delicious combination of flavours.

If you like the idea of spicing things up a bit and making your gin and tonic into a delicious cocktail, here are a couple of recopies that I enjoyed.

Cocktail recipes

Victorian Mojito

Ingredients

50mls Hayman’s London Dry Gin

25ml Lime Juice

20ml Sugar Syrup

6 – 10 Mint Leaves

Top with a dash of soad or tonic

Floradora

Ingredients

50ml Hayman’s London Dry Gin

20ml Lime Juice

10ml Sugar Syrup or Grenadine

4 – 8 Fresh Rasspberries

Top with Ginger Ale

I absolutely loved the taste of Haymen’s Gin and experimenting with a cocktail or two. A hot Summer’s day is the perfect occasion to try out different styles but I’d enjoy a refreshing gin and tonic any time of the year. A 70cl bottle costs around £25, which is a very reasonable price and I’ll definitely be stocking up on some more to keep in my drinks cupboard.

You can find more about Hayman’s Original Gin on their website or their Twitter and Instagram pages.

Do you like Gin and Tonic? What cocktails have you tried?

*Products in this post have been sent for review. All opinions and photos are my own

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