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Cocktail Ideas

Here are some great cocktail ideas that are both delicious and easy to make with ingredients you’re likely to have at home.


Basil Smash

50ml Gin - Hotham's London Dry Gin works best!
25ml lemon juice
25ml sugar syrup (see below for recipe)
6-12 basil leaves

1 Muddle basil leaves in a cocktail shaker
2 Add ice and other ingredients
3 Shake it, baby!
4 Strain into an ice-filled glass
5 Garnish with a basil leaf
6 Take into the garden and enjoy!

Basil Smash


Little Country Girl

Great summery drink for when you run out of tonic!

50ml gin, - Hotham's Original or Cardamom Gin work best!
½ lime, cut into quarters
2 tablespoons honey.

1. Muddle the lime and honey in a glass
2. Add the gin and muddle more
3. Transfer to a shaker with ice & shake it, baby!
4. Return to the glass and top with a slice of lime!
5. Prepare to be blown away! - Enjoy!


Little Country Girl

Tom Collins

50ml Gin - Hotham's Cardamom or London Dry Gin work best!
25ml fresh lemon juice
25ml sugar syrup (see below for recipe)
100ml soda water (sparkling water)

1. Add it all to a tall glass with ice.
2. Garnish with a slice of Lemon.
3. Enjoy!

Tom Collins

Gin Julep

50ml Gin - Hotham's Original or London Dry Gin work best!
15ml simple syrup (see below for recipe)
7-8 mint sprigs

1 Muddle in mint with simple syrup - do so gently to release the oils from the mint, not to grind it to a pulp.
2 Put some ice in a bag and wack it with the rolling pin to crush it, then fill the glass.
3 Add your Hotham's London Dry gin and stir.
4 Garnish with a mint sprig or dust with icing sugar.


Gin Julep 

Strawberries and Cream Gin Cocktail 

2 ounces Hotham's Original Gin
1 ounce strawberry liquor
1 ounce white creme de cacao
1/2 ounce half and half

Garnish: Strawberry

1- Add all of your ingredients to a shaker with ice
2- Shake it, baby!
3- Strain the mix into a Martini glass
4- Garnish with a strawberry

 a pink cocktail garnished with strawberries, a black bottle of Hotham's original gin


Lemon Meringue Martini

25ml Hotham's London Dry Gin
25ml Limoncello
A squeeze of lemon
Teaspoon of Lemon Curd
1 Add the lemon curd and lemon juice to a shaker and mix together with a spoon.
2 Add the gin and Limoncello, and fill the shaker with ice.
3 Shake it baby!
4 Strain into a chilled glass garnished with a slice of dried lemon.
5 (Optional) Add a splash of FeverTree Premium Lemonade for extra lemon flavour and fizz!
London Dry Gin Lemon Cocktail with a dried lemon garnish.

Spiced Rum Cuba Libre

50ml Hotham's Spiced Rum
1/2 a lime
100ml Fever-Tree Madagascan Cola 
1 Cut the 1/2 lime into 4 small wedges.
2 Squeeze 2 wedges of lime into a tall glass.
3 Add the remaining wedges into the glass and fill with ice.
4 Pour in the spiced rum and cola and stir gently.

Hotham's Spiced Rum Cuba Libre Cocktail in tall glass


Moscow Mule


• 2 ounces of vodka (we recommend Bodka!)

• 1/2 ounce of freshly squeezed lime juice

• 6 ounces of ginger beer (we recommend Fever-Tree)

• Dried lime wheel for garnish


1. Squeeze the lime juice into a copper mug, dropping in the squeezed lime

2. Add ice cubes to the mug and top with ginger beer

3. Serve with a string rod and dried lime wheel


Moscow Mule, copper mug, lime wheel and straw

Gin Sours


• 2 ounces gin

• 1 ounce fresh lemon juice

• Half ounce simple syrup

• Dried orange wheel for garnish


1. Fill a shaker with ice and add the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup

2. Shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.

3. Strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.

4. Garnish with an orange wheel.


tumbler with an orange beverage inside and a dried orange garnish


Sugar Syrup

To make Sugar Syrup put 200g white sugar into a saucepan with 100ml water. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved and it starts to simmer then turn off the heat and allow to cool before using.

Store in a fridge for up to 1 week.

To make Sour Mix - add equal quantities of your Sugar Syrup to citrus juice - Lemon, Lime, whatever.

Now you have a great base for many cocktails! 

Sugar Syrup