Starting midnight tonight, Thursday 26 March, South Africans will be on a 21-day state-ordered lockdown in their homes. While residents will be free to leave their homes to buy essential food items and access medical services, the sale of certain goods such as alcohol will not be allowed during the nationwide shut-down.
Of course, 3 weeks is a long time to go without a G&T, so make sure you stock up on your favourite gin before the liquor outlets close today! While you may not be able to head to bars and restaurants to get your hands on a cocktail, this is the perfect time to treat yourself to a bottle of Hendrick’s gin and try your hand at making cocktails at home.
Appreciated by gin enthusiasts for its quirky character, premium taste, and striking vintage packaging, this premium Scottish gin has quickly become one of our very favourites. Our friends at Hendrick’s shared these super easy cocktail recipes for you try at home during South Africa’s 21-day shut down period.
Hendrick’s Orchard Collins
2 servings (50 mL) Hendrick’s Gin
1 serving (25 ml) lemon juice
1 serving (25 ml) of cider
1 and a half (top) doses of ginger beer
3 apple slices
Combine all the ingredients in a bowl filled with ice cubes. Stir lightly and serve. Garnish with a pink cucumber and apple slices.
Now for something completely different:
If you’re looking for something extra special, try the limited release Hendrick’s Midsummer Soltice gin. The unconventional release is infused with a careful arrangement of secret floral essences chosen to enhance and accentuate the existing elements of the original Hendrick’s house style, including the gin’s signature essences of rose and cucumber. Read our full review of this unique gin here.
Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Spritz
50ml Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice
50ml sparkling wine
150ml tonic water
Cucumber ribbon and a slice of orange as garnish
Add all ingredients to a large wine glass full with cubed ice. Stir gently to mix. Garnish and serve in tall wine glass or champagne glass with ice.