Ten top tipples from the gin experts

Liverpool Gin Distillery have a new cocktail menu celebrating the glory of gin. At Liverpool Confidential, we like to celebrate the glory of gin too so we thought we’d give you the lowdown on the ten new drinks you have to try.

You Got A Friend In Me

Liverpool Gin Distillery make exquisite gin so it makes sense they’d use it in some of their cocktails.  This cocktail is a grown up drink with slightly bitter notes from Campari and grapefruit juice and it’s all the more invigorating for it. The softness of the St Germain elderflower liqueur balances out the flavours making it easier to drink than a Negroni or an Americano. A great aperitif.

The flavours of JJ Whitley Pink Gin, cherry liqueur, lemon, vanilla sugar syrup and pineapple juice combine to give a retro American diner feel. Very Twin Peaks.

The Southside

Putting the Liverpool Organic Dry Gin to good use again, The Southside is a summery easy-drinking cocktail reminiscent of a gin Mojito with its fresh mint and fresh lime. So refreshing, it almost feels healthy.

White Lady

This time, the traditional dry gin is swapped out for the delicious Liverpool Valencian Orange Gin with triple sec and fresh lemon. It’s zesty and citrussy but there are dry notes which mean this is no souped-up Fanta. It’s great.

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Hanky Panky

The Liverpool Valencian Orange Gin gets another showing. Good stuff too – it’s one of Confidentials’ favourite summer spirits. This time it’s mixed with Rosso Vermouth and Fernet Branca mixing bitterness with an intensely herbal flavour which is then rounded out with fresh orange and a pinch of salt. It’s not a sugary concoction but the supremely savoury notes are addictive.

Elderflower Negroni

The Liverpool Rose Petal Gin works perfectly in this lighter, more summery take on a Negroni. Along with the St Germain elderflower liqueur, it adds a floral, fruity touch to the signature Campari taste of the Italian classic.

Gin Basil Smash

The flavours in this one are a lot more subtle than a can of Old Jamaica but there is a background warmth in the Liverpool Lemongrass and Ginger Gin which adds real personality to this cocktail. Smashed with fresh basil, lemon juice and sugar and topped with lime soda, you can taste the Thai influences and everyone loves a Thai green curry, right?

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Peach Bellini Spritz

The Bellini is a classic and this one is just peachy. No, literally, all the peach flavours we love in a Bellini have been dialled right up. The traditional peach purée and Prosecco have been joined in the glass by Whitley Neill Peach gin, lemon juice and peach soda for a refreshing long drink that is sweet and fruity yet classy at the same time.

Rhubarb and Custard

Inspired by a boiled sweet, it’s no surprise that this cocktail is sweet too, especially with that lovely rhubarb syrup and the vanilla profile in the advocaat. The spicy notes in the Whitley Neill Rhubarb and Ginger Gin and the bitter herbal presence of the Rosso Vermouth stop it being cloying. It’s a sweet drink about sweeties but it’s definitely not for children or childish palates.

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Clover Club

An all-time classic and one of the reasons we get through so many bottles of dry vermouth, here at Confidential Towers. The Whitley Neill Raspberry Gin is sweet yet sharp and the lemon juice cuts through with a much needed acidic tang. There’s even raspberry jam in it. The perfect cocktail.

Cherry Vanilla Sour

For some reason sours have never been the most popular cocktails. It’s all Porn Star Martinis everywhere you look. That is a crying shame. They have body and personality and the Cherry Vanilla Sour is a prime example of everything that’s right about them. The flavours of JJ Whitley Pink Gin, cherry liqueur, lemon, vanilla sugar syrup and pineapple juice combine to give a retro American diner feel. Very Twin Peaks.

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