Thursday, 7 April 2016

Game, Set & Match - Gin, Strawberry & Cranberry Cocktail



As the days get longer and the evenings brighter thoughts turn to the summer of sport ahead of us with a fantastic line up of events on the calendar for 2016. To help celebrate (or commiserate) thebar.com have devised a selection of cocktail recipes for you to enjoy whilst watching your favourite sporting event. As a Scot unfortunately I won't be cheering on my national team in the European Championships however I will be backing Andy Murray at the French Open and Wimbledon. With that in mind when I was asked to recreate one of the drinks from their Watch The Match line up I immediately zoned in on 'Game, Set & Match'.




My social media followers and regular readers will no doubt be all too aware that when it comes to spirits my tipple of choice is always Gin. As such I've put my own twist on Game Set and Match swapping Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka for Tanqueray London Dry Gin. Launched in 1830, Tanqueray London Dry Gin is double-distilled with distinct citrus botanicals, particularly grapefruit, to the fore. Whether you choose vodka or gin is up to you but I reckon this one would also be great as a Mocktail sans alcohol. To make the vanilla syrup I mixed two parts sugar to one part boiling water and added a splash of vanilla extract. I also brushed this round the rim of the glass before dipping it in caster sugar to create the frosted rim effect. Refreshing, fruity, a real taste of summer and super easy to make. Let's hope it's Game, Set and Match for Andy at Wimbledon this year.





Game, Set & Match
Contains 2.1 units of alcohol per serving



Ingredients...
50ml Tanqueray Gin
5 Strawberries
20ml Vanilla Syrup
150ml Cranberry Juice

Equipment...
1 x Glass
1 x Muddler
1 x Knife
1 x Bar spoon
1 x Jigger
1 x Crushed ice

How to make...
Place 3 of the strawberries in the bottom of a thick tumbler.
Press down with a muddler to extract the juice and flavour.
Using a jigger, measure 50ml Tanqueray Gin and 20ml vanilla syrup into the glass.
Fill the glass with crushed ice, and stir the drink with a bar spoon.
Top up the glass with 150ml cranberry juice.
Garnish with strawberries.


thebar.com is a brilliant resource full of excellent cocktail recipes featuring premium spirits to suit every taste. You can search by what’s in your drinks cupboard, lower-calorie cocktails, classic cocktails and even alcohol-free ‘mocktails’. Whatever team or athlete you choose to support be it at The Grand National, Tour De France, Monaco Grand Prix or the Rio Olympics there's a cocktail to suit. But even if sport isn't your thing what better way to make it more bearable than a tasty tipple. Cheers! 


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11 comments :

  1. Oh my word.... this sounds epic Claire!! Have to try this out. Great photos too x

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    1. It's a sum that's greater than all its parts. Lets hope we get an epic summer to go with it.

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  2. This does sound good and i never can resist a beautifully frosted rim!

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    1. I do think its the frosting, straws, glassware and garnishes that make all the difference when it comes to cocktails.

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  3. I love gin and cranberry and this sounds wonderful Claire! Pinning for later!

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    1. I'm not sure if its a combo I've ever had before but the sweet strawberry and sour cranberry works so well with the botanicals of Tanqueray Gin.

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  4. I will admit as soon as I saw the word gin you had me hook, line and sinker! I love gin and I can imagine how perfect it is with the strawberries and cranberry as a lovely summer drink x #recipeoftheweek

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    1. Yup I'm totally smitten by pretty much anything with the word Gin in the title too! This is even more refreshing than a G&T. And one of your 5 a day!

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  5. This sounds like an awesome cocktail but to be honest you had me at 'gin' ;-) Most definitely my spirit of choice :-) Eb x

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    1. Yup I'm pretty much the same. Mention the G word and I'm onboard!

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  6. Gin, Strawberry & Cranberry Cocktail is perfect combination. This looks perfect.

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