June Gin Month Recipes

Negroni Week

The first Negroni was mixed in 1919, at Caffè Casoni, located on Via de' Tornabuoni in Florence. Count Camillo Negroni concocted it by asking the bartender, Fosco Scarselli, to strengthen his favourite cocktail, the Americano, by adding gin rather than the normal soda water. The bartender also added an orange garnish rather than the typical lemon garnish of the Americano to signify that it was a different drink.  Thanks Wikipedia. 
  • 30ml Clair De Lune gin
  • 30ml Campari
  • 30ml Noilly Pratt French Dry vermouth
Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, pour into ice-filled double rocks glass and garnish with an orange twist. 

The Negroni is considered an aperitif; if you haven't tried one, now is the time!

World Gin Day

To celebrate world Gin day, we thought we would share with you two great cocktails, the French 75 and the Basil Spritz.

French 75

Like the Negroni, the French 75 dates to World War I.  An early form of this cocktail was created in 1915 at the New York Bar in Paris by barman Harry MacElhone. The combination was said to have such a kick that it felt like being shelled with the powerful French 75mm field gun.  Don't let that put you off as it is refreshing and dangerously easy to drink. 
  • 15ml Freshly squeezed Lemon juice
  • 1.5 teaspoons of Sugar Syrup
  • 45ml Clair De Lune Gin
  • 75ml Brut Champagne
Stir the sugar syrup and the lemon juice in the base of a shaker until the sugar dissolves.   Add gin and ice to the shaker and shake.  Fine strain into a champagne glass and then add Champagne, stir lightly to mix and avoid foaming. Add a twist of lemon for garnish. 

Basil Spritz

  • 30ml Clair De Lune Gin
  • 30ml pear liqueur
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 3-4 basil leaves
  • 60ml soda water
  • 90ml prosecco
Combine gin, pear liqueur, lemon juice, basil leaves and soda in a shaker and shake with ice. 

Strain into a wine glass filled with ice.  Top with prosecco and  Garnish with basil leaves or basil crown.

Martini Day

We have two favourite Martinis: the Dirty and the Espresso.  For national Martini day, try a dirty martini on Hemp Gin, or an espresso martini on Clair De Lune.  

Dirty Martini

In 1901, New York bartender John O'Connor found inspiration for the Dirty Martini in the classic Martini's famous olive garnish.

First made by muddling the olive into the drink, and later by adding a splash of olive brine, the Dirty Martini is the go-to for salt-craving drinkers.  
  • 75ml Hemp Gin
  • 15ml dry vermouth
  • 15ml olive brine

Add all the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir.  Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, then garnish with 2 olives.

I am not about to settle the argument here for shaken vs stirred, but if you are interested, here is a useful wikipedia article.

Espresso Martini

The Espresso Martini is a favourite among the Buffalo Vale team for kicking off the morning at any food and wine festival.  It's the perfect breakfast cocktail, particularly when you have freshly brewed espresso coffee and home made simple syrup on hand.

  • 60ml  Clair De Lune Gin
  • 15ml  Simple Syrup (less if you don't like it sweet).
  • 45ml  Freshly brewed espresso coffee
Add all of the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake.  Then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and add  3 coffee beans for garnish. 

Here the shopping list - 

  • Buffalo Vale Distillery
    • 1 x Clair De Lune Gin 
    • 1 x Hemp Gin 
  • Liquor Store
    • 1 x Campari
    • 1 x Noilly Pratt
    • 1 x Brut Champagne
    • 1 x Simple Syrup / Sugar Syrup
    • 1 x Pear Liqueur
    • 1 x Prosecco 
  • From the Grocer
    • Oranges
    • Lemons
    • Basil Leaves
    • Olives 
    • Soda Water
    • Coffee Beans