Four Forgotten Gin Cocktails

 

We’ve dusted down our bartender’s bible, done some digging at the back of the bar shelves and unearthed four forgotten gin cocktails that we’re championing all the way back to your glasses. 

 
 
 
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THE AVIATOR

Not just a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio wearing tissue boxes on his feet.

The once-loved Aviator cocktail, with its dashing purple hue, used to be a stalwart of stylish cocktail menus ever since its inception in 1916, by bartender Hugo R.Esslin. The striking addition of Crème de Violette, soon caught the attention of cocktails aficionados world-wide, and ensued a mass importing of the purple stuff from the Austrian Alps, where violet flowers are grown and harvested on the mountain slopes. A combination of sour, sweet and floral flavours, with a seriously potent kick is bound to send you sky high. Just make sure you’ve stowed your tray tables first.

Ingredients

50ml St Ives Gin

10ml Crème de Violette

15ml Maraschino liqueur

15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice


Method

Pour the St Ives Gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, and Crème de Violette into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake well, and strain into martini glass. Garnish with lemon peel.


 
Ramos Fizz

THE RAMOS FIZZ

The secret to this one is all in the shake.

The Ramos Fizz, with inordinate amounts of shaking required – 12 minutes to be precise – is a sure-fired way to send any bar tender into cramping territory. Created in 1888 in New Orleans by Henry Charles Ramos, this ever-so-fluffy, sweet tart and tasty cocktail creation soon became so popular that he couldn’t keep up with demand. Soon Henry had to hire 20 bartenders that he referred to as ‘Shaker Boys’ to mix up his cocktail creation behind the bar of his Imperial Cabinet Saloon. The ‘Shaker Boys’ would perform a Ramos Fizz relay of shaking, so as to not get frostbite. And we can attest to that; Tim almost froze his fingers off creating this little beauty.

Ingredients

50ml St Ives Gin

50ml double cream

1 egg white

25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

25ml freshly squeezed lime juice

2 teaspoons superfine sugar

2 to 3 drops orange flower water

Method

Add all the ingredients except the club soda to a shaker and shake vigorously without ice. Open the shaker, fill with ice and shake again. 12 minutes in total (but who’s really counting?!) Then add the soda to the shaker to pick up all the egg white. Pour the contents in the drink this will add to a frothier head.


 
Barnum was right

BARNUM WAS RIGHT

Who is Barnum, and what’s he right about?

There’s a tenuous tale behind this cocktail’s name, but stick with us. P.T Barnum is the chap immortalised in The Greatest Showman, starring Hugh Jackman. The circus founder, business man and politician was once quoted as saying, “There’s a sucker born every minute”. In this context, the quote refers to the fact that there are many similar cocktails masquerading with different names. This one in particular is similar to a sidecar, implying you’re a ‘sucker’ for thinking it’s anything different. See, I warned you it was tenuous. We think it’s a world apart, especially with the addition of St Ives Blood Orange Gin. So Barnum, thanks, but maybe stick to the bearded ladies.

Ingredients

50 ml St Ives Blood Orange Gin

25ml Apricot Flavoured Brandy

25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Method

Shake in an iced cocktail shaker, and strain into a cocktail glass. We’ve garnished with apple slices.


 
Martinez cocktail

THE MARTINEZ

Before the martini came, the Martinez.

In the 1870s the father of the martini was born. While its true roots remain cloudy – with slightly variations popping up in different cocktail tomes at the tail end of the 19th century – this once well-loved classic, with a beautiful, burnt honey colour and complicated but well-balanced flavour is now creeping back into our collective consciousness. And quite rightly so. While many people claim to have invented the precursor to the martini, only the inhabitants of Martinez in California have been so bold as to put up a plaque stating the fact. Well if there’s a plaque, it’s got to be true. We’ve used St Ives Blood Orange Gin here for extra warm citrus flavour.

Ingredients

50ml St Ives Blood Orange Gin

50ml Sweet vermouth

1 teaspoon maraschino liqueur

2 dashes orange bitters

Lemon twist, for garnish

Method

Fill a mixing glass with ice. Add St Ives Blood Orange Gin, sweet vermouth, maraschino liqueur, and orange bitters. Stir until very cold then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist lemon peel over cocktail to express its oils. Rub rim of glass with peel and discard.



Have you got a favourite cocktail you rarely see on the menu?

We’d love to here about it…