It’s been a pretty epic week for cocktails between the The World's 50 Best Bars 2013 awards, where Artesian at the Langham Hotel scooped the big prize and Nightjar was the runner up, to the far-reaching London Cocktail Week 2013, where a £10 wristband gave you access to £4 cocktails at over 150 venues for 7 days!
Those who attended the latter and kept their eyes peeled may even have found themselves being treated to some rather excellent Bathtub Gin punch, courtesy of Maverick Drinks, at the ‘secret’ Farrell Speakeasy.
For this week's #MasterofCocktails, meanwhile, we were also using Bathtub Gin, but we were making a satisfying and delicious twist on a Ginger Beer shandy...
You’ll be needing these...
List of Ingredients
35ml Bathtub Gin
a bottle of BrewDog Dead Pony Club
about half a bottle of Fentimans Ginger Beer
Lemon juice (of half a lemon)
15ml or so Ginger Juice
You will be wanting a tankard for this, if possible. Mine is courtesy of my good friend The Eggman.
You know the drill by now. Into the freezer with it...
Now, first things first, get yourself a grater (a Microplane like this is good if you have one).
Whip off a chunk of fresh ginger about yay-big to grate.
You don’t need to bother peeling it – it's clean enough.
You want about this much:
Stick it into a dessert spoon, pop another one on top and get squeezing into a glass.
You'll end up with about 15ml-ish? Don't worry if it's a bit 'bitty'. We're straining it later.
Now whip a lemon in half and squeeze the juice of one half into the glass – if you get yourself a Mexican elbow this should save you some time and effort...
...although if you squeeze too hard it is possible to break both the Mexican elbow as well as the glass. (Not part of the recipe.)
Right, nothing to see here! Where were we? Ah yes, glass with ginger and lemon juice in it.
Sling in a glug of Bathtub Gin. About 35ml should do it.
Now, grab the tankard out of the freezer. It's made of metal so it will be cold. (Duh.)
Strain the mixture into the chilled tankard.
Carefully pour in a bottle of BrewDog Dead Pony Club (you can get these from Sainsbury's, or direct from the BrewDog site). Pour it all in – it should nearly fill the tankard.
If you fancy a bigger punch (at 7.2% abv), this is very good...
Equally if you're after a real 'session' drink use this (and omit the gin)...
The hop-punch is what we're after and these 3 have it in spades.
Now top up with Fentimans Ginger Beer. You're only going to use about half the bottle this time.
Finally, peel a strip of lemon zest and express over the top, then discard.
And there we have it. The Bathtub Ginger Beer. See what I did there? Works on 3 levels that does.
Be sure to send us photos of your efforts and creations to @MasterOfMalt on Twitter. Next week, we're going super-simple, super-high-quality. This is what you'll need:
Next week, you’ll be needing these...
Smooth Ambler Old Scout 7 Year Old Rye, Sacred Spiced English Vermouth, Luxardo Maraschino Cherries
As always, you can mix-a-long from 6pm on Sunday via Twitter (#MasterofCocktails), or find the entire recipe here on the blog next Monday!