My favourite gin cocktail*

Portobello Road Gin
Portobello Road Gin

When you think of gin cocktails, you’ll probably think of a martini, bramble of classic G&T, right? Ever since gin came back around and got trendy again back in 2016, it’s been a firm favourite of mine – is there anything better than spending the summer drinking a G&T from a ginormous balloon glass in the sunshine? Absolutely not.

I was recently invited to try my hand at cocktail making with Portobello Road Gin at Manahatta on Merrion Street in Leeds as they wanted to bring back some classic cocktails that have been a little forgotten.

Portobello Road Gin

Portobello Road Gin actually started at 171 Portobello Road in London and is one of the few London dry gins which is distilled in the capital. It took them 9 months to find the right blend of 9 botanicals and then Portobello Road Gin was born. Back in 2011, the brand relocated to 186 Portobello Road to open the Ginstitute, where people can go and create their own blend – it’s so popular that there’s a waiting list of a few months at any time. The gin is actually described as a bar back staple as it works in so many different combinations.

On the night, we made a few different cocktails but my favourite was the French 75 – a cocktail named after a gun used in the first world war that dates back to 1915. Here’s how to make it:

1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp sugar syrup
50ml gin
Champagne (to top up)
Lemon rind

Shake the lemon juice, sugar syrup and gin with ice in a cocktail shaker
Strain into a champagne glass
Top up with champagne
Add lemon rind as a garnish

See? So simple! This was our welcome drink on the night and it was citrusy, refreshing and got us off to a great start – I can see why it was named after a gun as it’s said to knock you dead! It’s easy to make, a crowd pleaser and given that it contains champagne, it’s definitely a luxury drink.

We also made a few other cocktails that evening and having won a taste test by the Portobello Road brand ambassadors (top of the class, right here), I ended up taking home a bottle of their gin. All I can say is roll on the summer – I’m ready to find a spot outdoors to drink gin cocktails in the sunshine. The last time I did this, I drank gin from tins on Leeds Dock, would I level it up and take a bottle of champagne with me? Absolutely.

What’s your favourite gin cocktail? Let me know in the comments.

*This post is about an event which I was invited to on a complimentary basis, all thoughts and opinions are my own

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