To celebrate the annual World Gin Day we’ve put together some ideas as to how to enjoy our partner gin brands in cocktails or G&Ts at home this weekend.
Van Kleef Distillery Cocktail 't Ankertje
Enjoy a simple gin cocktail courtesy of our friends at Van Kleef distillery in the centre of The Hague.
To make Cocktail ‘t Ankertje, take an equal measure of Van Kleef gin, rose liqueur and ginger liqueur, stir gently with ice before straining into a chilled martini glass. Then raise your ‘anchor’ and sip away sailor.
Van Kleef spirits and liqueurs are available from retailers, bars and restaurants across the city, or swing by their museum and store on Lange Beestenmarkt (open daily except Monday’s).
Passion 4 Gin Perfect serve G&T
This recipe comes courtesy of Serge Prins – The Hague’s very own King of Gin – who runs longstanding gin bar De Kleine Prins on Bagijnestraat near Plein.
Serge is the proud creator of Passion4Gin – a process that took him over a year and a half of experimentation until he came upon the final recipe (and truly delicious it is too!).
You can buy a bottle of Passion4Gin directly from the bar at De Kleine Prins to make this fresh and fruity perfect serve G&T: Take a chilled glass with lots of ice, add 50ml of Passion4Gin and 200ml of Yuzu-flavour tonic. Garnish with a sliced Kumquat, three juniper berries and a 1/4 of a passionfruit, then sit back and dream of warmer climes.
We’d like to share with you a little more information about Brighton Gin from the south coast of England. Brighton Gin will be launching into the Netherlands as part of The Hague Cocktail Week later this year, and it’s already turning the heads of bartenders in the city.
Brighton Gin comes in two strengths: Pavilion (40% ABV) and Seaside (at a punchy 57% ABV ‘navy strength’).
Stay tuned for more details as to where you can sample these international award-winning gins later this year or visit www.brightongin.com for more information.
Tanqueray No Ten martini
Tanqueray No Ten is a premium small batch gin named after the distillery stills in which its made. Heavy on fresh citrus flavours its perfect in a G&T with a slice of pink grapefruit, and can certainly claim to be a go-to bartenders favourite when they reach for a quality gin.
Enjoy a Tanqueray No Ten martini at home… add ice to a mixing glass then gently stir 50ml of Tanqueray No Ten gin and 10ml of sweet vermouth together. Strain into a pre-chilled martini glass then add a twist of pink grapefruit.
Villa Ascenti Gin and Prosecco cocktail
Villa Ascenti is a new super premium Italian gin launched last year. Unusually, the base spirit is made from Moscato grapes rather than the more typical grain. The result is a fresh – slightly sweet – gin, packed with the flavours of the Italian countryside: thyme, mint, sage, Sicilian lemons and Tuscan juniper.
Try this jug-based gin and tonic cocktail twist: Take a glass carafe or jug and add 125ml Villa Ascenti Gin, 500ml of dry Prosecco, 125ml soda water and a splash of sugar syrup. Gently stir to combine the ingredients without losing the sparkle, then serve in chilled wine glasses over plenty of ice. Garnish with sprigs of thyme and mint or a slice of lemon.