Cocktails

 
 
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QVT products can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in a cocktail. Here are some ideas.

 
 
 

Tom Collins

One sip and you will discover why the Tom Collins has been a favourite cocktail for over a century. It is a tall, refreshing gin sour and a really nice option for a hot summer day. The recipe is easy to follow, making it a drink that anyone can mix – perfect for those hot summer evenings!

Instructions

  • Pour the gin, lemon juice and syrup in a long drink glass with ice cubes. Stir thorougly.

  • Top up with soda. Garnish with an slice of lemon (or other fruit if you prefer).

  • If you prefer, you can shake the gin, juice and syrup and pour over the ice, then top up with soda. Voilà!

 
QVT Distillerie

Here is how you make it :
(Serves 1)

  • 4-6 cl QVT Gin

  • 3 cl lemon juice (ideally fresh)

  • 1-2 tbsp simple syrup

  • sodawater

  • ice

  • a slice of lemon

 
 

Classic Martini

Perhaps the simplest of all cocktails, what the martini lacks in ingredients it more than makes up for in mystique and popularity. Famous fans include President Franklin D Roosevelt, Churchill, Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Chandler, WC Fields and, last but not least, Homer Simpson, a man who is very clear how he likes his martinis: “full of alcohol”.

As Mittie Hellmich writes in the Ultimate Bar Book, a martini is “structured on the perfect botanical balance between gin’s juniper berry and dry vermouth’s herbal qualities”. Conversely, vodka, a deliberately smooth and neutral spirit, brings nothing to the party.

Instructions

  • Put the martini glass in the freezer along with the gin and chill for at least half an hour.

  • Dissolve the salt in 20ml water.

  • Half fill a mixing glass with ice and add the gin, vermouth and a tiny dash of salt solution, if using.

  • Stir for 30 seconds, touching the glass as little as possible to keep it cold, then strain into the chilled glass.

  • Twist the lemon over the top of the drink, then wipe it around the rim of the glass and drop it in.

  • Serve immediately. Repeat at your own risk .

 
QVT Distillerie

Here is how you make it :
(Serves 1)

  • 4 parts QVT Gin (or adjust ratio to suit your own tastes)

  • 5g fine salt (optional)

  • 1 part chilled dry vermouth

  • Ice

  • 1 strip of lemon peel

 
 

Guillotine

This drink is also called The Red Snapper and this is gin’s answer to a Bloody Mary. As this is France we have adjusted the ingredients slightly and also given it a more suitable name. This is a tall, refreshing pick-me-up, designed with 11am on Sunday in mind. It can easily be made in a pitcher for those friends who stayed the night.

Instructions

Use the salt and pepper to rim your glass/es (preferably a long drink glass). Add the rest of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake. Strain into your glass. Garnish with rosemary and add a celery stick if you like. Ready for the day.

 
QVT Distillerie Bloody Mary

Here is how you make it :
(Serves 1)

  • 30ml QVT Gin

  • 120ml tomato juice

  • 15ml lemon juice

  • 7 drops Tabasco hot sauce

  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 pinches celery salt

  • 2 grinds black pepper

  • A sprig of rosemary

 
 

Southside Fizz or Royale:

This is also called a Gin Mojito, and is refreshing alternative to a gin and tonic.

Instructions

Add the mint to a shaker and gently mash. Pour in the gin, lime and sugar syrup and add ice. Shake. Fine strain into a long glass and top up with soda water or turn it into a Royale buy toping it up with Champagne, we use some of the local Provence sparkling wine such as Mirabeau’s delicious ‘ La Folie.

 
QVT Distillerie Royale

Here is how you make it :
(Serves 2)

  • 60ml QVT Gin

  • 30 ml Fresh Lime

  • 15 ml Sugar syrup

  • 8 Mint leaves

  • Soda Water for a Fizz

  • Champagne for a Royale