on the bar cart {two summer gin recipes}

Gin is very much a recent love of mine.  Until a couple of months ago it wasn’t something that I’d particularly acquired a taste for.  But, as with so many things in life it’s all about fortuitous timing and the right pairings, and before you know it you’re hooked!

I’m definitely not a savoury gin girl, and favour sweet and fruity over the more herby flavours.  With that in mind, here are two simple Summer recipes to spice up your regular G&T this season!




Honeycomb G&G


For the honeycomb:

200g caster sugar

4tbsp golden syrup

3tsp bicarbonate soda


35ml Jawbox or Hendricks gin


Fever Tree Ginger Ale


In a pan place the sugar and golden syrup and heat until the sugar dissolves.  Remove from the heat and immediately add all of the bicarb at once.  Whisk immediately and pour into a parchment lined tray.  Leave to set and then bash up into shards.

To make your drink, pour 35ml of gin into a glass.  Add ice and a shard of honeycomb.  Top with ginger ale.  The honeycomb will dissolve to leave your drink a pale amber colour.  Adjust the mount of honeycomb you use according to preferred sweetness.








Rhubarb and Elderflower Gin Cooler



35ml gin

5/6 pieces of fresh rhubarb, partially stewed

Elderflower tonic water or lemonade


Chop your fresh rhubarb into bite size chunks and place in a microwave safe bowl, adding 2-3 tablespoons of caster sugar.  Cover with cling film, making a small cut in the top to let the steam escape.  Place in the microwave and cook on full power for two minutes.  Check, stir and cook again.  It will take approx four minutes for the rhubarb to take on a softer texture (you don’t want it mushy, just soft whilst still holding its shape)

Add your gin, ice and some of your rhubarb to a glass.  Top with Elderflower tonic or Elderflower lemonade.  Enjoy!





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  1. Rachel Johnson
    May 23, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    I bought my first bottle of gin yesterday …like you thought i didn’t like it but its the tonic i don’t like and not the gin…phew feel like I can be a proper grownup now

  2. Michelle Atkinson
    May 23, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    As a newcomer to Gin in the last year myself the Honeycomb G&G is already a firm fav of mine but I am soo looking forward to trying this new rhubarb flavoured gin! Thanks for the recipes Emma x

  3. May 24, 2017 / 9:55 am

    As a Gin lover I’ll definitely be trying these recipes out, thank you!

  4. Niki B
    May 24, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Absolutely going to try both these recipes …. chin chin

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