Here in Canada we know all too well that summer is too short a season to spend sipping boring spirits. Enter Boodles Gin. Much like British humour, this wheat-distilled gin is as dry as it gets owing to a blend of traditional botanicals (juniper among them, of course) and spices including nutmeg, sage and rosemary. The result? An herbacious and mellow tipple with near limitless versatility, making it a proper mixer for most any cocktail you can daydream up — though a simple Boodles and tonic on ice hits the spot if you like your summer quenchers refreshingly bitter, as I do.
Now go find a backyard, patio, beach, balcony — or just a quiet spot in the shade — and pour yourself one of these foolproof recipes courtesy of Boodles. You’ve earned it.
- 1.5 oz Boodles Gin
- .75 oz sweet vermouth
- .75 oz Campari (or another bitter liqueur)
- 1 oz grapefruit juice
- 2 oz soda water
- Sea salt
Combine gin, vermouth, Campari, grapefruit juice and a pinch of sea salt in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a Collins glass over ice and soda water. Garnish with a pinch of sea salt and grapefruit peel.
Gin and Gomme
- 2 oz Boodles Gin
- .75 oz pineapple juice
- .5 oz mango puree (or chopped mango)
- .75 oz fresh lemon juice
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and combine thoroughly. Strain into a large rocks glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of soda and garnish with a sprig of fresh cilantro (though mint will do).
Italian Shrub, English Heart
- 1.75 oz Boodles Gin
- .5 oz Cynar (or another bitter liqueur)
- .75 oz simple syrup
- .75 oz lime juice
- 3-4 basil leaves
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Combine, then add soda water and fine strain into a salt-rimmed Collins glass. Garnish with a basil leaf.