Yes, yes, I know you know that I love gin. Mother's Ruin, Ladies Delight - whatever you want to call it, its bloody delicious - especially at 5pm as we are entering the witching hour and the kids are driving us crackers.
Whether it's served with a simple tonic water or mixed into a glorious cocktail - it's one of my favourite alcoholic beverages, so when Aldi contacted me and asked if they could send me a bottle (along with some other bottles - hic!) I was hardly going to say no!
They've created a new range of cocktails for spring and summer - and I gave their gin based Blackberry Smash a go. It's super easy to make but looks seriously impressive - and will be perfect served at an Easter party later this week, or as an aperitif at a summer BBQ.
Ingredients:50 ml Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin½ a cup of white sugar½ a cup hot water10-12 blackberries25ml fresh lemon juice6 mint leavesSparkling water to topMethodology:1) Fill a tall glass and a cocktail shaker with cubed ice2) To make blackberry syrup dissolve the white sugar in the hot water. Once dissolved add in 10/12 blackberries and allow to cool down to room temperature before straining and chilling in the fridge3) Add 25ml of blackberry syrup and all ingredients (except the sparkling water) to the cocktail shaker4) Shake hard for ten seconds and then strain through a tea strainer into the ice-filled tall glass5) Slowly top with sparkling waterDecoration / to serveGarnish with a lemon wedge, blackberry and large mint sprig. Finely dust with castor sugar to give a frosted look.Tasting notesDelicious fresh berries and fresh lemon juice combine with the crisp taste of gin to make this cocktail the perfect drink for a summer afternoon. With its uplifting citrus and berry notes, Blackberry Smash is an excellent drink to pair with a summer picnic or a cocktail you can enjoy in the garden.