Ahead of World Gin Day on June 9, the team at Tanqueray gin have joined forces with leading bartender Tristan Stephenson to create this new video on ways to enjoy the spirit. He explores three of the latest trends – low-alcohol cocktails, flavoured gin and cocktails with a savoury twist.
Tristan, author of The Curious Bartender series of books and co-founder of London bars The Worship Street Whistling Shop, Black Rock, Sack and The Devil’s Darling, said: “The gin world is changing constantly with new trends popping up all the time. Gin is such a vibrant and versatile spirit – there are always fresh and exciting ways to enjoy it.”
Low-alcohol gin cocktails
“People are on a mission to drink better rather than more and in my bars I have seen a rise in the demand for lower-alcohol cocktails,” Tristan says. “So whether it’s for a relaxed brunch or you want to create a classic after-dinner drink my low-ABV gin serve, the Queen Bee, with zesty lemon flavours and honey notes, is the perfect cocktail to create.”
25ml Tanqueray London Dry Gin
10ml Honey water
15ml Fresh lemon juice
Top up soda water
Garnish with fresh thyme
Fill highball glass with cubed ice. Pour in Tanqueray London Dry, lemon juice and honey water and stir. Top up the highball glass with more ice. Add a fresh thyme sprig into the glass and then top up with soda water and give the cocktail more one stir before serving.
“There has been a real boom in flavoured gins in recent years as people experiment and search for new flavour combinations,” Tristan says.
“A wonderful new flavoured gin that I love experimenting with is Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla. It’s a gin where the predominant favours of juniper are complemented with the citrusy flavours of Seville oranges – brilliant to use for a twist on a classic gin recipe. If you are looking for a perfectly balanced gin cocktail that is just right for summer, then have a go at making my Gin & Juice recipe.”
Gin & Juice
50ml Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla Gin
35ml Pink grapefruit juice
25ml Cold breakfast tea
15ml Sugar syrup
Garnish with a strip of orange zest
Glassware: Nick & Nora or coupe glass
Shake together Tanqueray Flor De Sevilla, grapefruit juice, cold tea and sugar syrup. Squeeze the orange zest over the cocktail and finally drop into the glass and serve.
Gin cocktails with a savoury twist
“I travel a lot in my job and one of the things I am seeing more and more around the world is chefs and bartenders working closer together, whether that’s sharing ingredients or techniques,” Tristan says. “The result has been a rise in savoury-style cocktails popping up on drinks menus across the globe. An easy way to give your gin cocktail a savoury twist is to use herbs as a garnish. One of my favourites is tarragon which really works well in my twist on a G&T – the Tanqueray Cooler.”
35ml Tanqueray No Ten Gin
35ml White vermouth
Cucumber tonic water
Garnish with sprigs of tarragon
Fill a copa glass with ice. Add Tanqueray No Ten and vermouth. Top up with cucumber tonic water. Garnish with sprigs of fresh tarragon and stir. Top up with more ice and serve.