Misrule's Dirty Martini
We're loving a savoury cocktail right now! Our cheeky Lord of Misrule lends itself so well to a good old Dirty Martini, with it's rich, spicy warmth balancing the subtle salty tang of the olive brine. If you can find lemon zest olives, this is a match made in heaven with Misrule's citrus botanicals.
Pour 50ml Lord of Misrule gin and 10ml dry vermouth in to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake really well. Chose to add a splash of cold olive brine to make it as "dirty" as you like (start gradually with a teaspoon and add to your taste - we like 4 teaspoons.) Strain in to a chilled martini glass. Serve with green olives threaded on to a tooth pick - tradition says this should always be an odd number as an even number is bad luck, or if you're a rebel like His Lordship do as many as you like!
Juicy Garden Refresher
Add 50ml Six Wives Gin, 25ml rosemary simple syrup (see below an easy way to make your own) and 100ml freshly squeezed ruby grapefruit to a glass with ice. Top with sparkling water, and garnish with slices of grapefruit, dried hibiscus petals and sprig of rosemary.
We made our own rosemary simple syrup, by gently heating equal parts sugar to water, with 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary, until incorporated (don't boil), then allowing to cool with the rosemary still in. Remove rosemary when cool, and store in an airtight container.
Fresh Fruit Gin Bramble
Lemon and blackberries pairs perfectly with Lord of Misrule's botanicals, just in time for the wild blackberry season.
Muddle 2-4 blackberries in a rocks glass, then fill with crushed ice. Pour 50ml Lord of Misrule Gin, 25ml lemon juice, and a tablespoon of simple sugar syrup in to a cocktail shaker, half full with ice cubes, shake vigorously, then strain in to the glass. Drizzle 3/4 tablespoon of Crème de Mûre (blackberry liqueur) like Chambord over the top, so it marbles in to the ice.
Garnish with a lemon slice and blackberry or two.
Hampton Court Highball
Half fill a highball glass with ice. Add 50ml The Six Wives Gin, 150ml Bemuse Low Alcohol Sparkling Mead made with Tarragon, Basil & Hops, a teaspoon of Simple Sugar Syrup (or add to taste) and stir.
Garnish with slices of orange and springs of tarragon.
The Bees Knees
Recipe, and gorgeous photography by @ginsquares. Follow their account for more fabulous cocktails.
Shake 60ml 6 Wives or Lord of Misrule gin, the juice of a small blood orange, 15ml Honey Syrup and 10ml Lemon Juice with ice and double strain into a coupe. Garnish as lavishly as you wish and enjoy!
"Revived and riffed" recipe, and gorgeous photography by @ginsquares. Follow their account for more fabulous cocktails.
Half fill a tall glass with ice, pour over 25ml Lord of Misrule and 25ml ginger liqueur, then top with ginger ale (or ginger beer if you prefer). Garnish with a maraschino cherry, lime and mint.
English Country Garden
Pour 50ml The Six Wives gin, 25ml St Germain elderflower liqueur, 75ml apple juice (not from concentrate), and 10ml lime juice in to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a tall glass with filled with fresh crushed ice. Decorate with cucumber ribbons, mint or edible flowers to serve.
Pour 45ml Six Wives gin, 15ml Cointreau, 15ml grenadine and 20ml fresh lemon juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain into a large rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Top up with 50ml soda water, and add a sprig of fresh thyme and orange peel to garnish.
Pour 25ml The Six Wives or Lord of Misrule gin, 25ml sweet vermouth and 25ml Campari into a mixing glass or jug with ice. Stir well until the outside of the glass feels cold. Strain in to a tumbler and add 1 large ice sphere or some fresh ice, and garnish with an orange slice.
The Tudor Rose
An elegant twist on the classic Martini cocktail, muddled with fresh pomegranate for a seductive blush, in honour of the many mistresses of Henry VIII.
Muddle 2 tsps of fresh pomegranate arils with 150ml Six Wives gin, and allow to steep for 1-2 hours (if you have time!) Add the infused gin and 30ml vermouth to a shaker or mixing glass with ice and stir to chill, then strain into 2 chilled cocktail glasses, with a sprig of fresh thyme to garnish.
Head over Heels
A tribute to Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, who tragically lost their heads at the hands of the King. Perfectly matched with The Six Wives’ botanicals, with freshly squeezed seasonal blood oranges, gin and prosecco.
Freshly squeeze 2 blood oranges, then pour the juice in to a shaker half-filled with ice with 90ml Six Wives gin; cover and shake until frosty. Strain the mixture into 2 coupe glasses. Top with prosecco and garnish with an orange slice and sprig of thyme.
Pour 60ml Lord of Misrule gin, 22.5ml (1.5 tbsp) lemon juice and 15ml (1 tbsp) simple syrup into a shaker with ice. Shake well and pour in to a glass full of crushed ice. Mix 1 tsp quince jelly with 10ml (2 tsp) pear liqueur to loosen the jelly. Pour over the crushed ice, and top up with soda water if desired. Garnish with a slice of lemon, and square of Membrillo (sweet quince paste).
Misrule's Hot Negroni
Serves 2. Add 3 cloves, 5 cardamom pods, 2 cinnamon sticks, a few slices of fresh ginger, 1 vanilla pod and the rind of a small clementine to a hot dry pan and toast for a few minutes to get a bit of a char and to start releasing some of the flavours. Turn the heat down to a low-medium heat than add 60 ml Lord of Misrule Gin, 40ml Campari, 50ml Sweet Vermouth, 125ml ginger ale, a squeeze of honey, squeeze of clementine juice, and 3 slices of the clementine. Warm in the pan slowly to get the flavours to impart but without burning off the alcohol. Put a tea strainer over a clear glass cup and pour half of the liquid in each of the cups. Garnish with a slice of clementine and stick of cinnamon from the pan.
Lord of Misrule - G&T
The rules are there are no rules...Experiment with tonic or ginger ale, fresh herbs like basil and rosemary, bold spices like peppercorns, star anise, cinnamon and light dusting of fresh nutmeg, citrus and sweet autumnal fruits.
Gin & Ginger
Pour 50ml, gin, 1 tbsp lemon juice and ½ tbsp honey in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Cover and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass and top up with ginger beer or ale. Garnish with crystallized ginger.