What great cocktails can be made with Hendrick's gin?
Just got a bottle and have only made very dry martinis with it using cucumber instead of an olive.
Any other suggestions greatly appreciated.
It really isn't a cocktail type gin. The flavors are mild and subtle and it is best enjoyed on the rocks or in a very dry martini. That said you can use it in any gin based cocktail like an Aviation, Negroni, Pink gin, Ramos gin fizz, etc.
Or you can try these Hendrick's specific cocktails from their website
I have to say that I have changed my mind. At Tales of the Cocktail a few weeks ago in New Orleans I tried quite a few Hendrick's cocktails crafted by the amazing mixologists Dale Degroff and Charlotte Voisey, among others. Definitely go to the Hendrick's site and try some of the cocktails.
I agree that Hendricks is best in a martini. And I like it with olives, a twist, or however you usually get your martini. I would not mix it with fruit juice, since it is a good gin with a very subtle flavor.
I just got a bottle yesterday and I have to say, just by itself with a bit of ice and some slices of cucumber is superb...!
If you have to mix it, you could use a good tonic - like the one made by Whole Foods - or better yet, an artisan brand like Q. Use a small tonic to gin ratio, like 2:1, in an old fashined glass with a wedge of lime or slice of lemon. You'll still appreciate the high quality of the gin this way.
It does work very well with a good tonic or in dry martinis with cucmbers (or olives or onions).
But it's nice in a Negroni, or better yet a Bijou:
2 oz Hendrick's
1 oz green Chartreuse
.75 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon or orange twist.
Or since it works well with cucmber, try this drink:
2 oz Hendrick's
1 oz apple or apricot brandy
.75 oz apple juice
Shake with ice and a few cucmber slices, strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cucumber slice.