Here’s hoping that you’ve had a wonderful lockdown Christmas and that your stocking was packed full of gin. For many of us, it was the strangest Christmas ever with restrictions stopping us from seeing the ones we love. With all the new rules in place, it also meant that we were deprived of some of those amazing Christmas atmospherics. The Christmas carols, Salvation Army bands and buskers that normally remind us it’s Christmas were mostly silent. The frenzy of shopping moved from the high street to the internet. And the general Christmas frenzy was a much quieter and more modest affair. Yet, despite all of that, we really hope you managed to find the true spirit of Christmas and share the holidays with the ones you love most.
A year to remember or a year to forget?
Let’s face it, this was a year that many of us would rather forget. But now that Christmas is well and truly behind us and the big red man has headed back up North for a well-deserved rest, we turn our attention once again towards New Year’s Eve. No major fireworks displays this year, no multi-media spectaculars beaming extravagant lights and music across the world. London’s display has been cancelled and Barcelona’s curfew means that nobody will be celebrating by the city’s magic fountain this year. Auld Lang Syne will be sung indoors in small groups. However, the Spanish tradition of stuffing your mouth with twelve grapes in the minute before midnight will continue. Most of us will be watching the new year roll in via our TV sets. But fear not.
We’ll drink to that…
Whether you’re raising a glass to see the back of 2020 or toasting a brighter and better 2021, you’ll need something to drink. Preferably something involving gin and cava. A wonderful gin cocktail. So, in a tribute to our twin cities of London and Barcelona, here’s a neat gin cocktail little recipe that combines the Britishness of London Dry Gin with the sparkling effervescence of Catalan cava. This year, why not give this easy recipe a whirl. It’s the perfect way to see the year out. It’s also a really easy and refreshing gin cocktail for that slightly strange period between Christmas and New Year. We recommend a good, standard gin such as Beefeater. Or, if you want to mix things up a bit, you could try Hendrick’s Midsomer Solstice for a more spicy drink. And this recipe also cheekily replaces champagne with a Spanish cava such as Freixenet, which works well to balance the acidity of the lemon juice.
Where Barcelona meets London: the Spanish 75
So, here it is – the Spanish 75. A gin cocktail that is a great value and a delicious alternative to a classic French 75 cocktail with a little Spanish twist, gin and cava. We hope you enjoy it and that next year will exceed all our expectations. And please stay tuned. We’ll be publishing some really neat Gin Punch recipes on New Year’s Eve which you can mix up using ingredients you probably already have at home. So, tune in on the 31st for some easy instructions on how to get your party going!
- 1/2 oz of lemon juice
- 1 oz of Beefeater gin
- 1/2 oz of simple syrup
- 4 oz of cava
- Stir the simple syrup, lemon juice and gin into an ice filled mixing glass
- Strain into a champagne flute
- Top up with cava
- Garnish with a lemon slice
Written by Steve (with a little help from Ruddles, the gin dog!)
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