Last Updated on June 11, 2021 by Fiona Maclean
Celebrate World Gin Day in the Sun with a Gin Mojito.
What’s the perfect way to celebrate World Gin Day (the second Saturday in June)? It’s that time of year when, with a following wind, the sun should be shining and we should all be able to get out into the garden. My own herb garden has plenty of fresh mint popping up – at the stage when the leaves are young and tender. I love using it before the plants take over and, freshly picked, the leaves make the perfect Mojito.
World Gin Day started back in 2009 and has really picked up momentum. Sometimes I feel as if every day of the year has some special designation and for the most part I find it hard to get involved. Not with World Gin Day though – it’s just too good an excuse to indulge in my favourite tipple.
I’ve been using Cotswolds Dry Gin for this cocktail. The Cotswold Distillery are artisan producers of a range of award winning gins and whisky. Their classic dry gin is made in a traditional copper pot still and is a fabulous blend of nine carefully selected botanicals, including local lavender from nearby Snowshill freshly-peeled pink grapefruit, cardamom, black peppercorn and lime zest. Served with ice a good quality tonic, it makes a delicious drink and forms a pearlescent cloud because they don’t remove the essential oils. I suspect that’s one of the reasons I love their Dry Gin Essence – my way of cheating on days when I’m avoiding drinking!
Of course, a classic Mojito is made with white rum, lime juice, sugar, mint and soda water. But for an early summer drink, a good artisan gin will make a lovely gin Mojito. I’ve used sparkling apple juice too and cut down the amount of lime so the end result is a delicate concoction that is designed to enhance the botanicals in the gin rather than overwhelm them.
If you like experimenting, there are plenty of other variations on the classic Mojito too – you could try a Mojito Royale made with champagne instead of soda, a Rose Mojito made with Lanique, Strawberry, Grapefruit and Passionfruit Mojitos made with fresh fruit juice and even a ‘Cojito’ which is made with coconut flavoured rum. We’ve already given recipes for a Spiced Rum Mojito and for a Virgin Mojito Mocktail made with no alcohol.
This gin-based Mojito is a little like a cocktail called the ‘SouthSide’ which is usually served in a Martini glass but I think the mint is more important here and of course, it’s a long drink not a short. It’s definitely one that has quickly become a favourite for me though and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do!
Yes, that is a lime in the picture – albeit one with a rather yellow skin!
If you’d like to try this refreshing summer drink for yourself, I think you’ll find it’s the perfect way to celebrate World Gin Day.
Here’s the recipe
An easy recipe for Gin and Apple Mojito that works best with a good quality artisan gin
- 50 ml gin
- 15 ml lime juice
- 15 ml simple syrup or 2-3 teaspoons caster sugar
- 10 small mint leaves
- 50 ml sparkling apple juice
- 1 lime slice
Put the mint leaves and sugar (if you are using it) in a highball and muddle. I use the end of my rolling pin for this (!) If you prefer you can do this in a mortar or in a cocktail jar. Your aim is to lightly crush the mint.
Top the glass up to around 2/3s with ice and stir to mix in the mint leaves.
Pour over the gin, lime juice and simple syrup.
Stir to mix
Top the glass up with apple juice and add your lime slice