Corgis and Cocktails – It’s Jubilee Weekend!
Well, here we are in June. Halfway through the year. And let’s face it, it’s been six months of mayhem. Heavy news, lighter pockets, and a distinct lack of sunshine, the UK hasn’t felt like the easiest place to live in a while. Maybe that’s why when given the opportunity, us Brits will never pass up on the chance to celebrate something. As a country, we’ve discovered that even the simplest things can feel like celebrations- a friend over for dinner, a homemade cocktail in the garden, a thrown-together buffet featuring some questionable finger sandwiches- you’ve just got to treat them as such. Why not turn your kitchen into a bar? Why not take all the cushions from the sofa and use them for an avant-garde outdoor seating area? Why not put a party-hat on the dog? The opportunities are endless.
Of course, this weekend gives us all a great reason to have a right royal knees-up. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will see the country come together in celebration of her seventy years of service. In her seventy years, The Queen has guided the country through some incredible moments, witnessing society bend and change with the country. The Queen, however, is known for her unchanging loyalty and steadfast duty, and it is this that we will be toasting to this weekend. That, and the extra two days off- thanks Liz!
Here at Burleighs, we’ll be toasting to Her Majesty the best way we know how- with gin! We’ve created four delicious cocktail recipes to see you through the Platinum Jubilee weekend. The cocktails, crafted by Emma, are all inspired by the Best-of-British: puddings, and The Queen. Because it just makes sense…or at least, it will, after you’ve tried them all! We had a great time trying them out at the Distillery, and can guarantee they are all very easy drinking (and easy making). Tag us in your photos if you end up giving them a go!
The Platinum Jubellini – delicate and sparkling, the perfect way to toast the jubilee!
50ml Burleighs Signature Gin
25ml Elderflower Liqueur
25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
Champagne/Prosecco to top
Garnish: Lemon Twist/Rose Petal Float
Method: Add the gin, liqueur, and lemon juice to a shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake well, then double strain into a chilled flute glass. Top with champagne/prosecco, garnish, then serve.
Rhubarb and Custard Fizzer – from one British icon to another, celebrate the jubilee in sweet style.
50ml Burleighs Pink Edition Gin
25ml Rhubarb Liqueur
25ml Vanilla Syrup
50ml Lemon Juice
Dash Sugar Syrup
Soda Water to top
Garnish: Rhubarb + Custard Sweet, slice of Lemon
Method: Add the gin, rhubarb, vanilla and lemon juice to a shaker filled with ice. Shake well until combined, then double strain into a hiball glass filled with cubed ice. Top the drink with soda, garnish and serve.
Ju-Burleighs’ – a best-of-British inspired cocktail, made with craft gin, bursting with berry and vanilla flavours. Inspired by the majestic trifle.
50ml Burleighs Raspberry Edition Gin
25ml Raspberry Liqueur
25ml Vanilla Syrup
50ml Pineapple Juice
Garnish: Raspberry Float
Method: Add the gin, raspberry, vanilla and pineapple juice into a shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake well until combined, then double strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a raspberry float and serve.
Queeny Martini – cheers to seventy years!
25ml Burleighs Distiller’s Cut Gin
25ml Triple Sec
12.5ml Lime Juice (half shot/half lime squeezed)
25ml Cranberry Juice
Dash Sugar Syrup
Garnish: Orange Twist
Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker filled with cubed ice. Shake well until combined, then double strain into a chilled martini glass. Place a twist of orange gently in the glass, then serve.
If cocktails aren’t your thing, what better way to indulge in the Best-of-British than with a Burleighs G&T? No fuss, all the flavour, and a guaranteed moment of celebration. Simply add a double measure (one for you, one for The Queen) of your favourite Burleighs Gin to a glass, with lots of ice and your favourite mixer. Make sure to garnish with something (a slice of citrus, a raspberry or two- this will make it feel extra special), and enjoy.
So go on, get the bunting out, bake a cake, treat yourself to an hour or two of sun* in the garden (*sun is subject to change). Watch the Trooping of the Colour, question if the weather will hold until the BBQ, and revel in the British-ness of it all. Because sometimes, things are worth celebrating- especially seventy years in the same job! If you’re celebrating this weekend, make it a Burleighs. We’re sure The Queen would approve.