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Courtesty of The Botanist in Leeds, a selection of gin-based cocktails to try...

Gin-lovers of the world rejoice as world Gin Day returns on June 11.

The juniper-flavoured spirit is quintessentially British, famously favoured by the royal family, and has, over the last few years, seen a revival much like the craft beer revolution – appealing to a younger generation of drinkers seeking quirkiness and quality in their drinks.

The gin renaissance has led to an explosion of gin-bars and micro-distilleries such as Langley’s, Mason Dry Yorkshire, and Thomas Dankin in the last few years. Each of these gins are stocked by New World Trading Company pub, The Botanist which has sites in Leeds, Newcastle, Alderly Edge, Chester, Farnham, Manchester, Birmingham and Knutsford.

And, while the classic G&T will always be a firm favourite for us Brits, more and more gin-fanatics are taking their love of the spirit to a whole new level and are experimenting with gin cocktails.

Nick Whitby, cocktail guru at The Botanist, shares some of the best gin infused cocktails the pub has on offer, and the recipes for each drink so you can mix up a storm for yourself.

Commenting on the cocktails, Nick said: “We have noticed that more and more customers are ordering gin based cocktails opposed to the classic gin and tonic. We picked up on this trend and, as a result, have recently launched a new cocktail menu which includes a number of quirky gin based drinks.

“We’ve worked hard to really enhance the natural flavours of the herbs and fresh fruit in our cocktails, to best complement our choice of gin in each cocktail. We hope everyone enjoys these cocktails as much as we’ve enjoyed creating them.”

So, here are 5 amazing botanically infused cocktail recipes to help you celebrate world gin day.

Watermelon and Sage Sling

We have noticed that more and more customers are ordering gin based cocktails opposed to the classic gin and tonic. We picked up on this trend and, as a result, have recently launched a new cocktail menu

Nick Whitby, cocktail guru at The Botanist in Leeds

1g sage

22ml sage gomme

7.5ml Monin watermelon

50ml watermelon juice

22ml lime juice

45ml gin

Churn, top with crushed ice, and garnish with a watermelon wedge

Thai Chilli Crush

1g Micro Herb Thai basil

0.3g red chillies

15ml Marie brizard gomme

Muddle

15ml lemon mix

50ml apple juice

30ml gin

15ml Briottet Manzana Verde

Churn, top with crushed ice, and garnish with a Red Chilli

Blackberry and Rosemary Fizz

3g blackberries

1g rosemary

15ml Marie Brizard gomme

Muddle

15ml lemon mix

50ml apple juice

30ml gin

15ml sloe gin

Shake

Top with soda and garnish with a lemon slice and rosemary

Pear and Kiwi Crush

0.5g kiwi

15ml Monin kiwi

Muddle

15ml lemon mix

25ml apple juice

15ml gin

15ml xante

15ml Manzzana Verde

Shake, strain, top with crushed ice and garnish with a kiwi fan

Rosemary Negroni

1g rosemary

30ml burleighs

22.5ml campari

22.5 lillet Rouge

Stir, strain, add cubed ice and garnish with rosemary

The Botanist has sites in Leeds, Newcastle, Alderly Edge, Chester, Farnham, Manchester, Birmingham and Knutsford. The horticultural inspired pub offers a concept like no other with an incredible selection of a botanical cocktails, craft beers and ales, Champagne and wine. Food inspired by the deli, rotisserie and BBQ and live music every night. Get back to The Guide HERE.

Stewart Jefferson.

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