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5 glorious gin recipes for Mother's Day

4th March 2016

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It’s Mother’s Day this weekend, and if your mother is anything like ours she enjoys a cocktail (or three.)

So. You know what to do.

Gin Mimosa

(Perfect for pairing with homemade breakfast or brunch…)

The Ginstitute’s Jake Burger recommends pre-preparing the juice and sugar syrup the night before and says “This is a modern take on the classic Buck’s Fizz that takes no time at all to prepare.”

We hear you, Jake.

Ingredients (Serves 1)

10mls Portobello Road Gin

5mls Sugar Syrup

Orange or clementine segments 

Top with a sparkling wine like Cava or Prosecco



Run a good few clementines through a juicer and strain out the bits. If you haven’t got an electric juicer squeeze by hand.

Make a speedy sugar syrup by dissolving two parts sugar into one part boiling water

Pour the gin into a Champagne flute

Then fill the glass two parts chilled sparkling wine to one part chilled and strained clementine juice

Stir gently immediately before serving


Amaretti and Pecan Shake


37.5mls Portobello Road Gin 

18.75mls Amaretto 

3 Amaretti Biscuits

8 Pecan Nuts

2 Scoops Vanilla Ice Cream

Small scoop crushed ice        

Aerosol cream (if you have it)

Cherry for garnish (if you have it)



Combine all of the ingredients and blend up in a drinks/food blender (finally making use of that well-intentioned blender you got for Christmas)

Serve it in a milkshake glass

Garnish witha squirt of aerosol cream, an amaretti biscuit and a cherry


Portobello Road Copa



50ml Portobello Road Gin

200ml Tonic water

Pink grapefruit

Juniper berries

Glassful of ice

Red wine glass



Garnish your G&T with a large twist of pink grapefruit and a sprinkling of juniper berries for a simple serve that once tasted, you’ll return to again and again.


Green & Pleasant Land



50ml Portobello Road Gin

5 sugar snap peas

1 celery stick

5 mint leaves

12.5ml elderflower liqueur

12.5ml egg white



Juice the peas, mint and celery together so that the flavours are combined

Place all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake well

Add ice and give the cocktail another good shake

Strain the liquid into a cocktail glass and garnish with a sprig of mint.


Portobello Road Gin’s Jake Burger’s Clover Club


50mls Portobello Road Gin

25mls Lemon Juice

12.5mls Raspberry Syrup

2.5mls Dry Vermouth

20mls egg white


Combine ingredients and give them a long hard shake

Double strain into chilled martini glass

Garnish with a raspberry

Tickets for The Ginstitute’s ‘A Bon Vivant’s Guide to Classic Gin Cocktails’ are priced at £60 for a 90-minute session and are available to purchase via the Ginstitute website.



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