Mary's Top 3 Favourite Cocktails

It's no secret that Mary loves a French Sparkling, but one can't go wrong with a cocktail that includes gin. This distilled alcoholic spirit derives its fabulous flavour from juniper berries and is one of the broadest categories of spirits. There are so many gin origins, styles, and flavour profiles to choose from when creating a cocktail, so we've narrowed it down for you to the top 3 in the floral, citrus and bubbly categories!

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Elderflower Collins

Are you a fresh and fruity type? Do you opt for a fragrant floral hint? If so... the Elderflower Collins is for you!

You'll need:

50ml gin

20ml lemon juice

10ml sugar syrup

10ml elderflower cordial

Soda to your liking

Put on your favourite song and shake up the gin with the lemon, sugar and a dash of elderflower cordial. Pour over ice and finish it off with your desired amount of soda water. Make it pretty with a sprig of your favourite herb. If you’re feeling a little more flamboyant, then top it up with sparkling wine to make an Elderflower Royale.

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Negroni

For the more classic type, a negroni is the ultimate aperitif. A cocktail with sweet bitter hints, to sip and enjoy slowly.

You'll need:

30ml gin

30ml sweet vermouth

30ml campari

Orange wedge

Whilst it only takes a moment, pour all ingredients into a rocks glass over ice. Stir gently and garnish with a fresh orange wedge.

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French 75

Simple but gorgeous, and perhaps Mary's favourite. The French 75 is matched well to the sophisticated who want a bit of va voom to their drink.

You'll need:

30ml gin

20ml lemon juice

10ml sugar syrup

Sparkling wine

Garnish with a lemon twist

Perhaps best made during a soirée, combine the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup direct to a cocktail shaker. Shake it up and and strain into a champagne flute and top up with your favourite sparkling wine. Finish to look off with a long, thin twist of lemon.

Do you love gin as much as Mary? Join the team at Mary Eats Cake for the upcoming Gin High Tea series commencing Aug 23rd 2019.