World Cocktail Day with Jake Scott - Masson

Happy World Cocktail Day!
 
 Here at Bramley, we love a little tipple, especially when they're inspired by our products! Mixologist, Jake Scott-Masson, from our sister pub, The Beckford Arms, has created two delicious cocktails for you to try at home, using the natural botanicals found in our Bramley & Little B products. 
 
Jakey's Bramley Gin Fizz uses the lavender, rosemary & mandarin botanicals that run through many of your favourite Bramley products. This fluffy, herby drink is balanced by bright, zesty lemon; it's super easy to make and will bring a bit of theatre to your cocktail skills! 
  
 
  
Bramley Gin Fizz
  • 50ml Gin of choice
  • 20ml Lemon juice
  • 20ml Sugar syrup ( See below )
  • Ice
  • 1 Egg white (Aquafaba for vegan option works just as well! ) 
  • Sparkling water/Soda
  • Lemon slice
  • Handful of rosemary flowers
  • 2 small sprigs of lavender 
  • Peel of 1 mandarin

  

  

Step 1:
 
Pour the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker and fill up with ice cubes. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels really cold - strain into a tall glass filled with more ice and top up with sparkling water. Garnish with a lemon slice.
 
How to make sugar syrup: 
 
To make sugar syrup put 150g white caster sugar into a saucepan with 150ml water. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved and stir in heads of rosemary, lavender and mandarin juice & peel. Let it begin to simmer, then turn off the heat and allow it to cool before straining well. Store in a sterilised bottle for up to 1 week.
 
For the foamy head:
For added flair, put the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup in the cocktail shaker, but instead of adding the ice, put in 1 egg white/aquafaba. Shake super well to froth the mixture, then add ice and shake again. Double strain before adding the sparkling water. Egg white may seem unusual, but it’s a traditional addition to many cocktails; if you're vegan, do try Aquafaba; it works just as well!
 
 
There is nothing more refreshing than an icy cucumber-mint mocktail when spending long afternoons in the sunshine with friends & family. Our Little B Magic Balm has inspired this Cucumber Cooler & even just the fresh scent of this drink brings instant sunny memories. 
 
Cucumber & Mint Cooler
  • Strips of cucumber thinly sliced
  • 1 Bunch mint leaves
  • 20ml Lemon juice
  • 20ml Elderflower cordial
  • Sparkling water/Soda

Step 1:
 
Using a vegetable peeler, remove the skin from the whole cucumber, then peel off long strips.
 
Step 2:
  
Mix the elderflower cordial and lime juice in a jug, and then top up with soda water and muddle together & top with mint leaves.