Our Cocktails

All of our Rustic Reserve Cocktails – as indeed most cocktails worldwide - have their origins in the Savoy Cocktail Book – the bible of the 1930s high society in the UK, specifically London.
 
 
Gin cocktails conjure up Martinis, Gimlets, Negronis, Gin Fizz, Slings, Rickeys, and also James Bond, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Great Gatsby. And now we have sloe and cornel gin cocktails, based on the originals but with added fruity freshness for summer drinking.
We present our favourite cocktails here – and invite all bartenders to join our Cocktail Competition by creating their own flagship variants.

Our top 5 Sloe Gin Cocktails

Sloe Royale

The sweet, tart sloe taste coming through the sparkling wine.

30 ml sloe gin

150 ml quality dry sparkling wine like Magura or Prosecco

Dash of Angostura bitters

Put the sloe gin into a champagne flute, add a dash of Angostura bitters and top up with 150 ml of sparkling wine.

Sloe Gin Cocktail

Rich and strong, with sloe peeking through juniper and lemon.

50 ml sloe gin

25 ml lemon juice

25 ml gin

Crushed and cubed ice

Juniper syrup

Juniper syrup: made by heating 100 g white sugar with 100 ml water in a saucepan, to which add 1 large tablespoon of juniper berries. Bring to the boil, take off the heat and squash the juniper berries with a masher. Leave until completely cold, then strain and keep in refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Put the sloe gin, lemon juice, gin and 2 teaspoons of juniper syrup into a cocktail shaker with some ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a tumbler filled with crushed ice. Serve immediately.

Blackthorn Beauty Highball

Dry and long, with a hint of autumn.

50 ml sloe gin

25 ml dry vermouth

Angostura bitters

Soda water (cold)

Crushed ice

Put the sloe gin, vermouth and a dash of Angostura bitters into a tall glass, half filled with crushed ice. Stir until very cold and fill with soda water.

Rosemary Royale

Another royale with added botanicals giving nuanced flavour.

Crushed ice

50 ml prosecco

1 rosemary sprig

25 ml sloe gin

25 ml gin

Fill a coupe glass with crushed ice and pour over the prosecco. Hold the rosemary in the palm of the hand, and clap the other hand on it to slightly bruise the leaves, and then drop into the glass. Slowly pour the sloe gin and gin into the glass so they sink to the bottom. Serve immediately.

Sloe gin fizz

Sharp and fresh, and low calorie as well.

50 ml sloe gin

30 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

2 teaspoons juniper syrup (see Sloe Gin Cocktail for recipe)

Soda water (cold)

Crushed ice

Lemon slice

Mix the sloe gin, lemon juice and juniper syrup in a tumbler half filled with crushed ice. Add soda water to fill and serve with a lemon slice.

Our top 5 Cornel (Drenki) Cocktails

Drenki Royale

Similar to its sister, Sloe Royale, a fresh crisp taste and very moreish

30 ml cornel gin

150 ml quality dry sparkling wine like Magura or prosecco

Put the cornel gin into a champagne flute and top up with 150 ml of sparkling wine.

Drenki Fizz

A fresh, crisp and fruity long summer drink.

25 ml fresh lemon juice (half a lemon approx.)

2 teaspoons white sugar

50 ml cornel gin

Soda water

Mint

Ice cubes

Shake the lemon juice, cornel gin and sugar well together, pour into a medium tumbler over a couple of ice cubes, top up with soda and decorate with mint leaves.

Drenki Mule

A refreshing combination of herbaceous mint, tart lime, hot spicy ginger and crisp bright gin.

30 ml cornel gin

30 ml gin

15 ml lime juice, freshly squeezed

150 ml ginger beer

Mint

Ice cubes

Put lime juice, cornel gin, and gin into a copper mug containing a few ice cubes. Top up with about 150 ml ginger beer and garnish with mint leaves.

Drenki Rickey

Another fresh, light, low calorie long drink for the summer.

25 ml lemon juice

50 ml cornel gin

Soda water (cold)

A few ice cubes

Lemon zest

Rub lemon zest along mouth of medium tumbler, add a few ice cubes, the lemon juice and the cornel gin. Top up with soda water and finish with a couple of lemon zest pieces.

Drenki Martini

Fruity, sweet and sour.

30 ml cornel gin

20 ml gin

25 ml dry vermouth

Squeeze of lemon juice

Lemon slice

Ice cubes

Shake all ingredients together until very cold and strain into a cocktail glass. Serve with a lemon slice.