As we prepare for the long weekend, our thoughts turn to inventive ways to enjoy the holiday and mix up some delicious Easter cocktails.
Parks are dotted with golden-yellow daffodils swaying in the breeze and birds can be heard singing in the trees from back gardens and balconies around the country. It can only mean one thing – Easter is here. As everyone considers how to make the most of the long weekend, we wanted to share a few ideas to fill your days with gin-spiration. And chocolate, naturally.
FRIDAY: DISCOVER A NEW SIP
Start the long Easter weekend by finding your new favourite serve. Explore our delicious range of gin cocktail recipes with our cocktail recipe book SIP. Flick through and choose from our selection of 100 simple gin cocktails, each crafted with our London Dry Gin. From super simple, to classic cocktails, to new Sipsmithian twists, you’ll find the perfect Easter cocktail in SIP. Why not set yourself the challenge of mastering a new recipe every day of the holiday? Not sure where to start? We suggest an Orange Blossom Special, found on page 105.
SATURDAY: TIME TO GET BAKING
When the sun’s shining, there’s one gin that instantly springs to mind, and that’s our Lemon Drizzle Gin. With the help of the wonderful Frances Quinn, we’ve crafted an easy-to-bake Lemon Drizzle Cake to serve as a delicious dessert or with afternoon tea.
To give the creation even more zesty freshness, pour the caster sugar into an airtight jar and add a few sprigs of lemon verbena. Fasten the lid, shake and allow to infuse overnight (or for a few days, if time allows).
To make yours, you’ll need:
- 150g butter, softened
- 150g caster sugar
- 3 lemons, zested, plus 5 tbsp lemon juice
- 3 whole eggs
- 150g self-raising flour
- 3tbsp ground almond
- 15ml Lemon Drizzle Gin
Preheat your oven to 180ºC (160ºC for fan ovens). Sieve the caster sugar into the butter and combine until you have a smooth mixture. Stir in the lemon zest. Crack the eggs into a bowl and stir with a fork before pouring into the butter and sugar mixture.
Slowly sieve the self-raising flour and ground almonds, stopping at intervals to ensure they are stirred into the mixture, then add 3tbsp of the lemon juice (reserve the rest for later) and continue to stir. Pour the mixture into a ring cake tin with a hole in the middle and bake for 25 minutes.
While the cake is baking, combine 15ml of Lemon Drizzle Gin with the remaining 2tbsp of lemon juice. When the top of the cake is golden-brown, remove from the oven and leave to cool for a few minutes before poking holes in the top and brushing with the gin and lemon juice mixture.
For a sweet topping, crush 15 sugar cubes in a pestle and mortar, or in a bowl with a rolling pin, and add the juice of 1 lemon and 15ml Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin.
SUNDAY: MAKE AN EASTER COCKTAIL
It’s the season of Easter egg hunts and chocolate bunnies, but if – like us – you prefer to take a slightly more grown-up approach to your chocolate appreciation, it’s time to mix up an indulgent Hot Chocolate Orange.
Pour 50ml Sipsmith Zesty Orange Gin or Orange & Cacao Gin into a mug and top with warm hot chocolate made with milk. Stir to combine and, for an extra decadent serve, top with cream and grated orange zest. Warming, zesty and deliciously chocolatey, we think it’s the ultimate Easter cocktail.
MONDAY: DISCOVER MORE EXTRAORDINARY GIN
If discovering extraordinary gins from the comfort of your own home is something you want to get used to, start as you mean to go on by joining our Sipping Society. Every other month, members receive two experimental creations from our boundary-pushing distillers and their beloved 50-litre still Cygnet. Previous offerings have included our daring Chilli & Lime Gin and our beloved Lemon Drizzle Gin (before it made it into our core collection).
At the Distillery, we always try to see the bright side. And, while this Easter might be different to some of our previous long weekends, we hope you’ll join us in discovering – and sharing – your at-home gin adventures. Remember to tag us on social media @sipsmith so we can admire your creations.