This week, I was inspired thanks to gin. Oh, well who wouldn’t be is perhaps your first thought. Well, this time, I was inspired by the brand first and foremost, and that’s really not my usual starting point. This brand however consists of a gin distillery in the north of Sweden. A red tree barn in the beautiful forests of Ångermanland, full of snow clad landscapes and northern lights across starry skies. Yup, I’m a romantic. I’m also a major city child so nothing is as mystical to me as the above, and a good gin cocktail dosen’t exactly dull this fantasy of mine.
Anyways, I loved having a bottle of good (price-winning in fact) gin at home. I would think of random combinations throughout the days and then, come weekend, I was all about that gin!
Here are my experimentations:
1. Above: Lingonberry and rhubarb shot with funfetti donut on top
This is so simple and so tasty! Just mix a little lingonberry juice with a splash of gin and add some ice. Let the blender do the rest, just make sure to stack up on donuts..
2. Dark crimson, herby Blackberry cocktail with marjoram
Add 16 blackberries to a cocktail shaker, mash with a muddler. Fill cocktail shaker with ice, add gin and honey as well as lime juice. Shake, shake, shake. Now fill a fancy glass with ice. Strain blackberry mixture into glass, filling it 1/3 of the way. Tilt glass and carefully pour prosecco on top of the blackberry mixture. Garnish with everything nice. Who needs smoothies anyways?
3. Bright pink grapefruit delight with honey and thyme
This pretty in pink cocktail is so simple to make, just squeeze the juice out of a couple of grapefruits, mix with a splash of prosecco and a teaspoon of honey. Garnish with grapefruit peels and fresh thyme.
This cocktail is in fact marble-friendly, unlike the blackberry story above.
This is the inspiration behind it all and the only gin I will be buying from now on.