Cocktails and Serves

Alberto, our Portuguese resident mixo.

We don't just know how to distil spirits, we also know how to drink them ;-) We are privileged to have met some talented mixologists who delight in using our gin and absinthe in their cocktails. Here are some of their (and our) favourites...

Gutsy Monkey Cocktails

Gutsy Monkey is a versatile gin, equally at home in a G&T as it is in a martini.

Gutsy Monkey & Tonic

Gutsy Monkey and Tonic.

Alberto, our resident mixologist, has instructed us that the choice of garnish must complement the flavour profile of our gin. He recommends bringing out the wonderful aromatics by using an unconventional garnish.
Glass Copa de balón
Garnish Lime zest, sage leaves, red bell pepper
Ingredients

  • 50ml Gutsy Monkey Winter Gin
  • Half a bottle of premium tonic
Recipe Half-fill a copa glass with chunky ice. Add 50ml of Gutsy Monkey. Pour over half a small bottle of premuim tonic. Give it a quick stir. Slap the sage leaves between the palms of the hands, rub them around the rim of the glass and arrange. Rim a thin slice of red pepper and arrange. Twist a fresh strip of lime zest over the glass and arrange. Serve with a proud, smug smile, while marveling at its vibrant frosty appearance.
Invented by Alberto

Moscow Monkey

Moscow Monkey.

Our interpretation of a Moscow Mule, replacing the vodka with Gutsy Monkey. It is possibly the most refreshing drink we have ever tasted and was a favourite during the 2018 heat wave, when England experienced sustained temperatures above 20 degrees.
Glass Copper mug or tumbler
Garnish Lime zest
Ingredients

  • 25ml Gutsy Monkey Winter Gin
  • Half a bottle of ginger beer
  • Lime juice
Recipe Half-fill a copper mug or tumbler with ice. Add 25ml of Gutsy Monkey. Pour over half a small bottle of ginger beer. Squeeze in half a lime. Give it a quick stir. Garnish with a twist of lime, squeezed over the tumbler.
Invented by Helen Muncie

Smoking Gutsy Negroni

Smoking Gutsy Negroni.

We recommend sipping Gutsy Monkey neat by an open log fire, so here is how you can create your own fireside in a whiskey glass!
WARNING: You will need a smoke gun or a trained mixologist to create this serve, but it is worth it! You'll also need to make your own Gutsy Negroni grapefruit barbeque bitters by replacing a third of a bottle of grapefruit bitters with a good quality barbecue sauce. Shake it vigorously and it's ready to use!
The smoky heat and citrus zing from this serve is like defrosting in front of a warm hearth after a wintery walk on a cold day, but in your mouth! Stunning and Helen and Kate's absolute favourite.
Glass Whiskey glass
Garnish Wedge of fresh grapefruit
Ingredients

  • 25ml Gutsy Monkey Winter Gin
  • 25ml Campari
  • 25ml Red Vermouth (Punt e Mes)
  • 3 splashes of Gutsy Negroni grapefruit barbeque bitters
Recipe Stir all of the ingredients in a mixing glass together with a big squeeze of grapefruit. Use a smoke gun to infuse your negroni and cover the mixing glass with a napkin to retain the smoke. Wait for about 10 seconds. Fill a whiskey glass with ice to the top and swirl it until the glass is nice and chilled. Re-fill the glass full of fresh ice, top up with your smoke infused Gutsy Negroni and garnish with a wedge of fresh grapefruit.
Invented by Alberto

Gutsy Fever

Gutsy Fever cocktail.

When Kate first tasted Gutsy Fever she exclaimed that it was "The most triumphant cocktail she'd ever tasted" - and she's sampled a fair few!
Glass Martini glass
Garnish Stem of coriander and spiral of lime zest
Ingredients

  • 50ml Gutsy Monkey Gin
  • 20ml Agave syrup
  • 100ml Lychee juice
  • 25ml Fresh lemon juice
  • 20ml Triple sec
Recipe Place all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake HARD with lots of ice. Double strain and serve in a chilled martini glass with a stem or two of coriander and a spiral of lime zest to garnish. Or, if you're like Gillian from The Fluffatorium, serve in a pretty paper cup with an edible flower, a straw and persian spun sugar fairy fluff!
Invented by Alberto

Gutsy Clover Club

Alberto, decorating a Gutsy Clover Club.

Gutsy Monkey Winter Gin is actually fabulous in summer cocktails. The Gutsy Clover Club is a pretty pink fruity number with a delicious balance of sweet and sour.
Glass Martini glass
Garnish Raspberry
Ingredients

  • 50ml Gutsy Monkey
  • 25ml Violet liqueur
  • 15ml Blackberry liqueur
  • 50ml Raspberry puree
  • 20ml lime juice
  • 15ml Sugar syrup
  • 20ml Egg white
Recipe Whisk all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker (Alberto puts a coiled spring into his shaker to serve as a whisk then shakes it vigorously). Fill the mixer with ice and shake HARD for a second time. Strain and serve in a chilled martini glass with a raspberry garnish. We needed four of these.
Invented by Alberto

Dancing Dragontail Cocktails

Dancing Dragontail is light and refreshing. It makes a fabulous gin and tonic as well as quite a few cocktails.

Dragontail & Tonic

Dragontail and Tonic.

We like to drink Dancing Dragontail in a lantern lit fairy garden over ice with premium tonic, a twist of lime and a shaving of lemongrass to complement the cardamom. We start giggling after the first sip and, if you’re anything like us, by the end of the glass you’ll feel like dancing! Tonic releases the essential oils in Dancing Dragontail, making it taste even more intense and fresh.
Glass Copa de balón
Garnish Lime zest, lemongrass
Ingredients

  • 50ml Dancing Dragontail Summer Gin
  • Half a bottle of premium tonic
Recipe Half-fill a copa glass with chunky ice. Add 50ml of Dancing Dragontail. Pour over half a small bottle of premuim tonic. Give it a quick stir. Roll a shoot of lemongrass under a chef's knife. Cut into shards. Break a shard over the glass and arrange. Twist a fresh strip of lime zest over the glass and arrange.
Invented by Alberto

Dancing Blackberry Martini

Dancing Blackberry Martini.

You can really taste the cardamom from the Dancing Dragontail in these. We make them in batches as one is just not enough!
Glass Martini glass
Garnish edible violets and blackberries
Ingredients

  • 50ml Dancing Dragontail gin
  • 25ml blackberry puree
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 10ml Monin Toffee Nut Syrup
  • 10ml Earl Grey syrup
  • 20ml egg white
Recipe Put all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Dry shake (without ice) then hard shake. Strain and serve in a chilled martini glass garnished with edible violets and blackberries.
Invented by Alberto

Lemon Meringue Martini

Lemon Meringue Pie - the cocktail.

Named after a sweet dessert and a sexy dance style, our Lemon Merengue Martini is perfect for long seductive summer nights.
Glass Martini glass
Garnish Lemon peel
Ingredients

  • 50ml Dancing Dragontail gin
  • 20 ml lemon juice
  • 2 large spoonfuls of lemon curd
  • (At least) 3 scoops of lemon sorbet
  • 20ml sugar syrup
  • 20 ml egg white
Recipe Put all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker. Dry shake (without ice) then hard shake. Strain and serve in a chilled martini glass garnished with a slice of lemon peel.
Invented by Alberto

Reeba Fever

Reeba Fever cocktails.

Our own distiller, Reeba invented this cocktail and it's one of our favourites. It uses baklava syrup, which is made by muddling baklava in hot water, infusing and straining it.
Glass Martini glass, or flute
Garnish Sprig of mint and spiral of orange zest
Ingredients

  • 50ml Dancing Dragontail Summer Gin
  • Sprig of fresh mint
  • 25ml Raspberry syrup
  • Juice of half an orange
  • 15ml Dry vermouth
  • 15ml Baklava syrup
Recipe Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice. Hard shake. Double strain into chilled martini glasses. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a spiral of fresh orange zest.
Invented by Reeba McSorely

Dancing Bramble

Dancing Blackberry Martini.

The Dancing Bramble is a drink for the end of summer, when that big yellow ball hangs lower in the sky and blackberries are readily available to be plucked from the bush and dolloped into your glass.
Glass Old fashioned glass
Garnish Blackberry and vanilla pod
Ingredients

  • 50ml Dancing Dragontail gin
  • 25ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 15ml Sugar Syrup
  • 25ml Crème de mûre
Recipe Fill glass with crushed ice. Build gin, lemon juice and simple syrup over. Stir, and then pour crème de mûre over in a circular fashion to create a marbling effect. Garnish with two blackberries and a vanilla pod split down the centre to soften the sharpness of the lemon.

Blushing Monkey Pink Gin Cocktails

Blushing Monkey is intensely floral, sweet, but not too sweet, and blushes pink with tonic, or acidity.

Blushing Monkey & Tonic

Blushing Monkey and Tonic.


Glass Copa de balón
Garnish Lime zest, dragonfruit
Ingredients

  • 50ml Blushing Monkey Pink Gin
  • Half a bottle of premium tonic
Recipe Half-fill a copa glass with chunky ice. Pour over half a small bottle of premuim tonic. Pour Blushing Monkey gin in a circular fashion to create a candi-floss pink cloud. Garnish with a twist of lime and a slice of dragonfruit.
Invented by Lesley-Anne

Blushing Monkey Smash

Blushing Monkey Smash.

Simply delicious. Thank you Jensen x.
Glass Jam jar
Garnish Cucumber rose, spiked sable grapes and a blushing pink flower
Ingredients

  • 60ml Blushing Monkey gin
  • 4 black sable grapes
  • 4 blueberries
  • 4 bits of cucumber
  • 10ml blueberry syrup
  • soda
Recipe Muddle black sable grapes, blueberries and cucumber, and lime. Top with smashed ice, spash with soda. Garnish with cucumber rose, spiked sable grapes and a blushing pink flower!
Invented by Jensen Nitingale

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