Cocktail O’Clock

Three classic cocktails just in time for the Bank Holiday

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We LOVE cocktails. Our readers may know by now that we have our very own self titled cocktail courtesy of The Pen & Pencil in the Northern Quarter, but there really isn’t anything like a classic. G will almost always order a classic mojito or maybe in the summertime a Aperol Spritz, whereas T has recently fallen in love with Campari Negroni after being introduced to it by a friend.

“…they feel as glamorous as a polo-pony dripping in diamonds…”

Namesake and obvious jokes aside, G&T are rather partial to Gin & Tonic, and last weekend T learnt an awful lot about the stuff at The Manchester Gin Festival hosted at Victoria Warehouse in Trafford. There were so many craft gins to try, from every country you could think of in all sorts of flavours. In addition, there were various talks and cocktail demonstrations by experts, and bartenders which live, breathe and drink gin. All in all it was a very boozy Saturday night, but it got us thinking. The bank holiday is almost upon us, and what better way to spend it than with a cocktail in hand. Of course, where you drink them is completely weather dependant, and if you are a frequent visitor to our site, then you will understand the complete and utter lack of faith we have in the Mancunion weather.

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“…share it with your friends or stick in a silly straw and drink yourself to oblivion.”

Bar the weather, the only other issue with cocktails is the price; sure, they feel as glamorous as a polo-pony dripping in diamonds, but they tend not to be kind on the wallet. See, the thing is, cocktails are pretty easy to whip up en masse, and are the perfect compliment to all your bank holiday plans. Brunch? How about Mimosas? Barbecue? It has to be Pimms. Picnic in the park? Mojitos it is. Sex on the beach? Well, that one goes without saying…

“…what happens at the festival stays at the festival, but cocktail selfies last forever”

We got creative at G&T HQ this week, and present to you three of our favourite cocktails for you to whip up for your friends this week. Most of these drinks would be a great way to add a little glamour to any festival experience. We have in fact chosen plastic cups this week to show that you don’t have to lower your standards as well as your morals. What happens at the festival stays at the festival, but cocktail selfies last forever. 

First up is a Gin Fizz. This drink couldn’t be more simple and is made with just four ingredients. This one is festival friendly, as long as you can poach some fresh ice from somewhere (we suggest you fake a sprained ankle…) 

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We picked up all our cocktail glasses this week from old faithful John Lewis; they’re having discounts across their stores this week with 25% off some of the picnic plastic range, which actually is quite fetching. Our Jug & Four Glasses Set came in at a rather wallet pleasing £10, and the Gold Spot Acrylic Tumbler came in at a reasonable £3.50 a glass.

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Next up is a Bloody Mary, which granted, isn’t everyone’s thang. However, if you have learnt anything these past seven months, it is to trust us… we wouldn’t allow our dear readers to experience anything less than perfect when it comes to food & booze. Drink these at breakfast, brunch or as a meal in themselves, who doesn’t love killing two birds with one stone? Finally, we have G’s favourite, a great big pitcher of a classic Mojito. Can’t go wrong with that. Share it with your friends or stick in a silly straw and drink yourself to oblivion. Either way, enjoy every last drop.

This weekend G’s in the Lake District and T’s off to a music festival… either way, know we’ll both be downing cocktails as soon as it hits noon. Wherever you are, we hope you have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend.

See you next Thursday,

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Bloody Mary

1 measure of vodka

400ml tomato juice

Pinch of black pepper

Dash of Worcestershire sauce

1 tsp Siratcha hot sauce

1 tsp. Smoked paprika

1 tsp. paprika

1 tsp. Black pepper

1 tsp. Korean Red Pepper flakes

1 tsp. chilli flakes

Pinch of sea salt

Lemon wedges

Thyme sprigs (optional)

Start by making the seasoning for the rim of the glass. In a shallow bowl or saucer, combine both paprikas, pepper, red pepper, chili and salt and mix. Go around the rim of the glass with some lemon juice and then turn the glass upside down and coat with the seasoning.

In a large glass or cocktail shaker, add the vodka, tomato juice, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and hot sauce. Top up with some ice and either stir thoroughly or shake. Put some more ice in the glass and pour in the mixture, being careful not to damage the dry-seasoning on the rim. Decorate with fresh thyme and lemon wedges.

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Pommegrante & Rosemary Gin Fizz

1 measure of  gin 

100ml pomegranate juice

Soda water (topped up)

Few sprigs of fresh rosemary

Pour the gin and pomegranate juice into a glass and stir gently. Fill the glass with as much ice as possible and top up with soda water. This should give a beautiful ombre effect. Finish off with a few sprigs of rosemary and serve.

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Pitcher of Mojito

5 measures of white rum

Juice of 4 medium limes

4 tbsp. caster sugar

Two handfuls of fresh mint

Soda water (to top up)

Extra limes and mint to serve

In the pitcher add the sugar, lime juice and mint. With the end of a rolling pin mash this mixture all together for minute until it smells fragrant and it is well combined. This process is called muddling. Add the rum and lots of ice and top up with soda. Serve with limes and fresh mint.


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Hello! We are Ginseng & Thyme, two friends and work colleagues from Manchester with a passionate affinity for food, drink and lifestyle. Here’s our food story, what’s yours? Twitter: @ginsengandthyme Instagram: @ginsengandthyme

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