Category Archives: Hendrick’s gin

Sergeant Sunsplash


I invoke thee, weather gods, with this sacrificial cocktail upon this hastily erected floral altar. May you bring an end to the miserable grey weather you are trying to pass off as spring (hello, summer is supposed to start in a few weeks and we’re all still wearing winter gear in Melbourne). May you bless us with sunshine and rein in your gale-force winds (honestly, it’s like you and the other gods have been eating nothing but baked beans for months). May you let fruit trees flower (otherwise we’ll have no limes for our cocktails) and little birds sing (but not before 7am, thanks). And may you enjoy this light and refreshing beverage in all its sunny, vanilla-y, zesty, floral glory, amen.



45ml Hendrick’s gin

15ml Licor 43 (a Spanish liqueur that tastes of vanilla, citrus and sweet dreams)

30ml fresh orange juice

15ml fresh lemon juice

15ml sugar syrup


Something fanciful, or, failing that, a Collins glass will do. Failing that, just use any glass that doesn’t leak, OK?!


Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker that’s half-full of ice. Shake while walking in slow circles around your kitchen in an attempt to invoke the weather gods. Strain with reverence into the glass, garnish with a cucumber slice (optional) and offer it to the gods before drinking it on their behalf.


This recipe appears in The Field Guide to Hendrick’s Gin II (2005, William Grant and Sons).

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Hendrick’s Mojito

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What’s fresh and sassy and always looks good? Apart from the 52 Cocktails crew, that is? I’ll give you a clue: they’re in the photo above. Yep, it’s The Fashionable Cocktail by Jane Rocca (Hardie Grant Books 2013), which contains the recipe for the mighty fine Hendrick’s Mojito. Gorgeously illustrated by Neryl Walker, this little tome is tres chic, dahling, and features a mix of new cocktails and updated classics. In my ongoing bid to convert some gin-hating friends into liking the sacred spirit (I know, I know, how are we even friends, right?), I hit em with the Hendrick’s Mojito and they loved it. You will too.


This is a refreshing, moreish drink, the kind that’s all too easy to knock back. Hendrick’s gin is made with cucumber and rose petals, giving it a softer flavour than other gin, and the cucumber flavour plays nicely with the mint in this drink. The original recipe calls for a Collins glass but I used rocks glasses to avoid diluting all the dee-lish flavours too much. Go with whatever version you think you’ll like best.


45ml Hendrick’s gin

1/2 lime

20ml lime juice

15ml sugar syrup

mint leaves


cucumber slice, to garnish (optional)


Collins or rocks


Muddle the lime half and about 10 mint leaves in the base of the glass. Don’t be too rough; you want to release the flavour, not pound them into oblivion. Add enough ice to fill the glass at least halfway. Add the Hendrick’s, lime juice and sugar syrup and stir. Top with soda. Garnish with a cucumber slice if you wish.


The hardest thing about making this drink is trying to resist making another 10 or so and devouring them all.


This recipe appears in The Fashionable Cocktail by Jane Rocca (Hardie Grant Books 2013).

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