TGIF: Strawberry-Mint Bramble Recipe

Whether you love or loathe gin, it can be an acquired taste when mixed with the right ingredients. This strawberry-mint bramble recipe will do just that! Relatively simple to make, it’s a blackberry-based cocktail that incorporates a balance of sweet and sour to suit almost all taste buds. It’s also versatile enough to exclude the gin in favour of vodka or rum.

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Serves: 1


6 fresh strawberries, hulled, halved

8 large fresh mint leaves

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

3 tsp agave nectar or honey

2 tsp Chambord (black raspberry liqueur, optional)

1/4 cup dry gin, clear rum, vodka, or soda water


  1. In a food processor or blender, grind the ice so that it is very finely crushed and fluffy
  2. Place strawberries, mint, lemon juice, agave and Chambord in an old-fashioned (rocks) glass and muddle (mash) with a muddler or a pestle.
  3. Add the gin, rum, vodka, or soda water and stir to blend.
  4. Stir in 1/2 cup of the crushed ice, and pack more ice into the glass, mounding it well above the rim.
  5. Serve immediately.

Recipe via Taste

TGIF: Hot Gin Punch Recipe

Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean that you have to skip on the entertaining, so keep warm this winter and enjoy a night in with friends with this hot gin punch recipe! Containing chamomile tea, autumn fruits and spices, and good quality gin, it takes less than 10 minutes to create and comes to you just in time for World Gin Day on June 13.

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Serves 12


1L dry white wine

350ml Hendrick’s Gin

250ml chamomile tea

½ pineapple chopped

200g caster sugar

3 cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

4 orange peels

1 tsp of white pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients into a saucepan and warm on medium heat, stirring, until sugar is dissolved and punch fragrant.
  2. Remove from heat and pour into a large punch bowl.
  3. Serve straight into teacups or plastic cups – no ice.
  4. Garnish with orange slice and pineapple slice.
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