Easter Cocktails

There has been a lot said about the hot cross buns this week… Not one but two Hot Cross Bun Gins have been released, just in time for making all those Easter cocktails. Buns have been distilled, infused, sprayed, glossed over and seemingly, have bloomed to fill column inches over every newspaper in the UK.

Our favourite bun recipe has not come from a custom made gin however - it has been created by the team behind Portobello Road Gin. Their drink, the Not Cross Bun Gin Martini, has been created by distilling high-strength alcohol with hot cross buns, to create an essence that is then sprayed into a frozen glass. It is served with raisin-infused dry vermouth and garnished with a lemon cross.

Not Cross Bun Gin Martini

50ml Portobello Road Gin
12.5ml Raisin-infused dry vermouth

Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass which has been seasoned with a hot cross bun tincture. Garnish with a lemon cross.

If that sounds like too much of a faff, just head on over to Notting Hill and park your buns at the bar. The cocktail is available at Portobello Star over Easter weekend, as well as other selected locations across London including The Blind Pig in Soho.

For those of you looking for other cocktail experiences around London…

The Nutella Negroni is back by popular demand at Duck & Waffle. Combining Bombay Sapphire Gin, a custom Vermouth blend, Campari and a Nutella infusion - the liquid cocoa fix is a must try. Served in a recycled glass Nutella jar, this cheeky twist on the classic aperitif was originally created for World Nutella Day. This Easter resurrection will only last until April 5 so don’t miss out!

Alternatively, for all you cocktail enthusiasts looking to make something at home (yep, custom distillates made on a rotavap isn’t all that accessible for everyone)… How about trying your hand at this Spring Twist on a Martinez? Tasty, light and lively, perfect for Spring sipping - especially if you pick the right gin. Choose a Gin with a warming citrusy botanical scent, as this will ensure the drink feels both silky-smooth and refreshing.

50ml St. George’s Terroir Gin

20ml Dolin Blanc Dry Vermouth

15ml Luxardo Maraschino

5ml Absinthe Bitters

Garnish with lemon twist


Add the St. George’s Terroir Gin, Dolin Blanc, Luxardo Maraschino and absinthe bitters to a mixing glass. Fill 2/3 with ice and stir until well chilled.

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with the lemon twist and serve.

Happy Easter!!

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