Classic Cocktails & Riffs On The Classics
The Gin & Tonic is the archetypal British cocktail, but gin is as adaptable to different recipes as any other spirit. For your next cocktail party, offer guests a menu of gin cocktails. Here are some favorites from Beefeater Gin. Beefeater, named after a slang term for the Yeomen Warders who guard the Tower of London (shown on Beefeater Gin’s bottle label, below), is the only international gin still distilled in London. Its recipe, developed in the early 1860s, includes botanicals such as juniper, angelica roots and seeds, coriander seeds, licorice, almonds, orris root, Seville oranges and lemon peel. Each gin has its own recipe and distinctive flavor. Beefeater has a floral palate with hints of citrus. Learn how each botanical contributes to the blend at BeefeaterGin.com. The Piccadilly Gin Cocktail
This colorful drink is a British take on the Tequila Sunrise, traditionally made with tequila, orange juice and grenadine. Its bright color evokes summer sunsets and autumn leaves. Ingredients Per Cocktail * 1-1/2 parts gin * 4 parts orange juice * Splash of grenadine * 2 cherries Preparation * Fill a tall glass with ice. * Pour gin, orange juice and grenadine over the ice. * Garnish with two cherries.| Bright colors and sweet cherries are a fun treat for party guests.| | |
Grenadine is traditionally a red syrup. It is used as an ingredient in cocktails, both for its flavor and to give a reddish/pink tinge to mixed drinks. "Grenadines" are also made by mixing the syrup with cold water in a glass or pitcher, sometimes with ice. The name "grenadine" comes from the French word grenade which means seeds, with "Pomme" meaning apple. Grenadine was originally prepared from pomegranate juice or cherry juice and sugar. However, "grenadine" is also a common name applied to syrups and beverages consisting of other fruit juices (e.g. raspberry, redcurrant, blackberry) and sugar...