BCN GiN COCKTAILS
A instant classic, the Bramble was created in the mid 1980’s by Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in Soho, London. Bradsell who to this day is still bartending is one of the most loved people in the industry and the man who single-handedly changed the face of the cocktail scene in London in the 1980s. The Bramble, a mixture of gin, lemon juice, creme de mure, a blackberry liqueur, and simple syrup was an instant hit in England and it will for sure soon be one of your favorite cocktails, trust us on this one. It’s well-balanced, easy to make, and refreshing. Finish it of course with some mandatory blackberries and a toast to Bradsell’s genius. Cheers!
Place the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker with a handful of crushed ice. Shake and then strain into a nice tumbler. Fill the tumbler crushed ice. Pour the creme de mûre over the top and garnish with four blackberries.
• 35 ml BCN GIN
• 20 ml lemon juice
• 15 ml sugar syrup
• 15 ml creme de mûre
• 4 blackberries
BCN GiN Fizz al Cava
Make a syrup with the blueberries and sugar in a blender. The sugar should be dissolved leaving it to rest mixing it for about 10 minutes. Strain the syrup with a fine mesh strainer in a jar, discard the seeds. Mix BCN GIN, syrup, lemon juice and egg white in a shaker. Serve and cover with cava. Decorate with a lime twist.
• 60 ml BCN GIN
• 30 ml fresh lime juice
• 150 gr blueberries / strawberries, etc
• 50 gr sugar
• egg white
BCN GiN Sling
In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, vermouth, lemon juice, simple syrup, bitters and ice. Shake, then strain over ice into a collins glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with a lemon-peel spiral.
• 45 ml gin
• 30 ml Vermut BCN
• 20 ml fresh lemon juice
• 30 ml simple syrup (see related tip at right)
• 1 dash Angostura bitters
• Ice as needed
• Soda water as needed
• Lemon-peel spiral for garnish (see related tip at right)
The original Southside’s cocktail Southside is a translucent, green wonder cocktail that has long languished in the shadows of its hyperactive cousin, the Mojito. But it has two other variations; it can be jazzed up with soda water to make a Southside Fizz, or with Champagne to make a Southside Royale. It is thought that the Southside Royale was debuted during the Prohibition period.
A similar cocktail was drunk on the Southside of Chicago in the 1920s, hence the reason behind the cocktail’s name. During this time, Chicago was a turbulent area under gang rule. Joe Saltis, Frank McErlane and Al Capone were the three major bootleggers controlling the South of the city. A line between North and South was distinctly drawn, and one of the many distinctions between these areas was the way they served their drinks; North side mobsters – with access to more superior spirits – drank gin and ginger ale, while those in the South used lemon juice and sugar to mask the harsh taste of the black market alcohol.
Whatever variation you choose, this is without doubt a cocktail for summer, so next time the sun drenched skies force you into the paddling pool – take one of these in with you for good measure.
How to make a Southside cocktail
• 8 mint leaves
• 60ml BCN GiN
• 30ml fresh lime juice
• 15ml sugar syrup
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Shake. Fine strain into a chilled Martini glass
How to make a Southside Fizz/Royale
The Recipe is the same as above, but with the addition of soda water/Champagne
BCN GiN Martínez
BCN’s base of Priorat pomace and its orange & fennel botanicals are highlighted in this proto-martini, perfect for your summer evening sipper.
• 1.5 oz BCN GiN
• 1 oz Vermouth BCN MUT
• Barspoon Luxardo Maraschino
• 3 dashes Orange Bitters
Stir, strain, gently express an orange peel over the glass, and enjoy!