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Our Five Finest Citrus Gin Cocktails

in Mixology March 2, 2021

Calling all gin-lovers with a zest for life – allow us to introduce our favourite citrus gin cocktails with these serves, simple to craft at home with our Zesty Orange Gin and Lemon Drizzle Gin.

We all know that it’s a hand-picked blend of botanicals that gives each gin its unique flavour, and the same goes for our citrus gins. From the sun-dried lemon peel and lemon verbena of our Lemon Drizzle Gin, to the fresh orange peel and zingy zest that gives our Zesty Orange Gin its flavour. Add some fruity flair to your next serve with our classic and contemporary citrus cocktails.

Are you a Zesty Sipper? Find out here with just a few simple questions. Zesty Sippers will be pleased to find our talented distillers have lovingly laboured over not one, but two citrus gins, which are crafted especially with you in mind. Read on to discover what serves we’ve hand-picked just for you.

1. LEMON DRIZZLE G&T

Let’s start with a Lemon Drizzle G&T. This refreshing, citrusy twist on a classic gin and tonic is satisfyingly simple and refreshing, and crafted with our Lemon Drizzle Gin.

Simply fill a highball glass with ice, pour over 50ml Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin and top up with Fever-Tree Mediterranean tonic water. Use our Swan Drinks Stirrer or bar spoon to ‘lift’ the drink and combine the ingredients, before garnishing with a wedge or twist of fresh lemon.

Lemon Gin - Lemon Drizzle G&T

2. ZESTY ORANGE WHITE LADY

Oranges and lemons combine in this curiously zesty take on the classic White Lady cocktail. It’s made using our Zesty Orange Gin, which is crafted with fresh orange peel and zest for an orange gin that’s sure to brighten up your day.

To mix a Zesty Orange White Lady at home, pour 50ml Sipsmith Zesty Orange Gin, 20ml fresh lemon juice, 10ml sugar syrup and 1 egg white (or vegan alternative) into a cocktail shaker and dry shake (without ice). Then add some ice and shake again to form a creamy liquid. Double-strain the drink into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with fresh orange zest and an orange twist. Light yet creamy, we think this citrus cocktail is the perfect accompaniment to a summer’s evening – or for transporting you there in the cooler months.

And remember, you can discover how to make a simple sugar syrup recipe, and find recipes for more homemade ingredients, with our guide to making gin syrups at home.

citrus gin cocktails - Zesty Orange White Lady Gin Cocktail

3. LEMON DRIZZLE MOJITO

The next time you feel like a refreshingly tropical Mojito, swap out the traditional rum and replace it with Lemon Drizzle Gin for our take on the classic Mojito recipe. Pour 50ml Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin, 15ml lemon juice, 15ml lime juice, 20ml sugar syrup and 8-10 mint leaves in a glass. Churn with crushed ice and then top up with more crushed ice and soda water, before garnishing with a sprig of mint and a fresh lemon twist. This citrus cocktail is not only refreshing, there’s also a deliciously herbaceous edge thanks to the addition of mint and citrus juice.

Lemon Gin - Lemon Drizzle Mojito

4. ZESTY ORANGE SPRITZ

Crafted with sun-kissed afternoons and summer evenings in mind, our Zesty Orange Gin meets fizz in this refreshingly bright sip. Make your Zesty Orange Spritz by combining 25ml Sipsmith Zesty Orange Gin and 12.5ml sugar syrup in an ice-filled glass.

Then add an even mix of chilled soda water and prosecco (around 100ml each). Next, ‘lift’ the drink with a long-handled bar spoon or drinks stirrer from the bottom and mix gently in order to maintain the fizz. Finally, garnish with a large orange twist.

Orange Gin - Zesty Orange Spritz

5. LEMON DRIZZLE 75

A classic French 75 always features freshly squeezed lemon juice, but our Lemon Drizzle 75 dials up the citrus with the addition of our lemon gin. Simply pour 35ml Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin, 20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice and 10ml sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake well to combine the ingredients and then strain into a Champagne flute or coupe. Top up with chilled Champagne or prosecco and garnish with a lemon peel twist.

Don’t forget to take a photo of your citrus cocktail creations and tag us @sipsmith – we’d love to see your cocktail recreations on social media.

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