The Red Queen cocktail: beautiful, capricious and a little dangerous… this festive gin-based cocktail was named after the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland.
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“In the grand and disorderly pursuit of life, perfection is ill-advised except in the case of cocktails” Lord Penfield 1867
So proclaims the ‘unassuming little cocktail book” that was enclosed in my box of Hendricks gin, and I am inclined to agree.
Waitrose sent me the bottle of Hendricks as I am involved in a little debate ‘Hot vs. Cold – how do you like your gin’? I have to admit that I love a hot toddy but haven’t tried it with gin… yet.
But I know without a smidgeon of a doubt that I adore my gin cold either in a gin & tonic or an ice-cold dirty martini or pretty much any of my own concoctions (try a Cucumber Martini or a Mixed Berry Collins).
Hendricks has a very distinctive taste – slightly flowery with citrus notes. The cocktail book suggests you serve a Hendricks gin and tonic with a slice of cucumber and it really does make a very refreshing drink (a new favourite in fact)
.I started to experiment with a Gin Cosmopolitan and that led me to the creation of The Red Queen. I recently went to see Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland at the Royal Opera House and the bottle of Hendricks just reminded me of something out of Lewis Carroll.
Don’t you think it should come with a little label saying ‘drink me’? Their whole aesthetic is very Alice in fact. And the Red Queen is a gorgeous ruby red which looks beautiful, capricious and just a little bit dangerous. This is a perfect festive cocktail – just the thing to get a party started!
HOW TO MAKE THE RED QUEEN
Shake until a frost forms on the shaker – about 30 seconds. Have a taste of your drink and adjust – perhaps you want to add a bit more lemon?
Pour into chilled martini glasses and garnish with the fresh cranberries.
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Festive cocktails: The Red Queen
- 120 ml ( ½ cup) cranberry juice
- 80 ml ( ⅓ cup) Hendricks gin
- 40 ml ( ⅛ cup) St Germain Elderflower liqueur
- ½ lemon, juice only or to taste
- fresh cranberries threaded on cocktail sticks to garnish
- Fill your cocktail shaker with plenty of ice and add all the ingredients (apart from the fresh cranberries). Shake until a frost forms on the shaker – about 30 seconds.
- Taste your drink and make any adjustments – does it need a touch more lemon juice?
- Pour into chilled martini or coupe glasses and garnish with the fresh cranberries.
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