Without fail, January is a month that invites reflection after the parties and wonderful Christmas celebrations, and some people like to give up drinking for the month. However, we have an alternative approach: a Ginuary with an added health kick. What do we mean by this? Well, we thought about your ‘New Year, New Me’ health regime and how you don’t have to compromise on your evening gin. We’ve known all along about the powers of juniper berries (see, we always have your health in mind), so we turned our attention to the other so-called superfoods. Head to the drinks trolley and mix yourself up one of our cocktails gin-spired by superfoods to flaunt in front of your holier-than-thou dry January friends.
One of your 5 A Day: Blackberries
The richest, deepest and most wintery of berries, the blackberry is packed with vitamins C and K, high in fibre, manganese and antioxidants. Not only do they apparently help combat heart disease and strengthen the immune system, but they also make a deliciously tangy cocktail.
The Bramble is as simple as it is tasty. Just fill a glass with ice cubes and pour over 50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin, 10ml sugar syrup, 20ml fresh lemon juice. Top with a little crushed ice and drizzle with Crème de Mûre, and garnish with a slice of lemon and a blackberry (which you must not forget to eat).
Keep it Green: Matcha
Like blackberries, matcha (concentrated green tea) is high in antioxidants, which can help the cardiovascular system, brain function, and Hollywood can’t get enough of it. That says it all.
Refreshing and restorative, the Gin Tea Cocktail is made in two steps. Firstly, make a tea syrup by combining 500ml of water with 500g sugar and heat to a simmer. Add in the green tea and then leave to cool. Then, combine 50ml of Sipsmith London Dry Gin with 25ml of your newly made syrup and 25ml of fresh lemon juice in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.
Kick the Cold: Ginger
A staple of Traditional Chinese Medicine, ginger is well-known for being good for the heart and possessing anti-inflammatory properties. But, above all, it’s perfect for our New Year cleanse with a kick.
To make a Gingerbread Sour, which can help ward off winter sniffles, you’ll need our delicious Gingerbread Syrup. Simply add 50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin, 25ml lemon juice, 25ml Sipsmith Gingerbread Syrup, one egg white and a dash of bitters into a cocktail shaker and dry shake. Add ice and shake again, and then strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a deliciously warming piece of ginger.
Filled with Crunchy Goodness: Apple
With more antioxidants than you can shake a stick at, apples contain immune-boosting vitamin C and are low in calories.
Perfect for a cold January day, our Hot Mulled V.J.O.P. is as strong as it is good for you. Simmer some apple juice with cinnamon, cloves, star anise and cardamom for about 10 minutes. Then pour into a glass or mug and add 35ml of Sipsmith V.J.O.P Gin (double helpings of juniper, of course) and garnish with a clove studded orange.
Big and Bold: Blood Orange
Filled with a rich Sicilian passion, blood oranges are high in antioxidants, vitamin C and potassium, as well as being well-known for staining clothes.
A true winter’s cocktail, the Blood Orange Negroni is one of our Ginuary favourites. Fill a mixing glass with ice and add 30ml of Sipsmith London Dry Gin, 25ml Campari, 20ml Picon and 25ml of fresh blood orange juice; and stir gently. Then strain into a glass and garnish with a slice of blood orange and a sprig of rosemary.
Get Down and Dirty: Olives
Last, but not least, the humble olive, mainstay of the Martini and the Mediterranean diet. We were delighted to find that they are good for the heart and high in vitamin E.
A ginny version of the Dirty Martini, the Mud Men Martini is filled with rich olivey goodness. Add 50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin, 20ml Noilly Prat Extra Dry vermouth, 15ml olive brine into a mixing glass and stir for 21 seconds. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a whisky-marinated olive.
Discover more gin-spirational cocktail ideas to try this Ginuary here.