Gin-based creations to try at your next dinner party

Gin-based creations to try at your next dinner party

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Text: Janice Sim

Gin doesn't only have to feature in a stiff drink — we like it slathered on our salmon and eaten as a popsicle, too

Gin is a spirit that needs no introduction. We're all fairly accustomed to drinking it, especially that famed gin and tonic combination, which makes for the perfect refresher to sip on amidst the humidity on our shores. Mixers aside, there's more you can do with this delicious liquor, predominantly made from juniper berries — which adds a touch of spice with every mouthful. Lucky for us, Hendrick's Gin's Southeast Asian brand ambassador, Tasha Lu, shares a couple of tasty alternatives that you can do with a bottle of gin. 

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Swap out your vodka and add a shot of gin. The result? Bloody delicious.

What you need:

30ml Hendrick's Gin
120ml Tomato Juice
15ml Lemon Juice
7 drops Tabasco Hot Sauce
4 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
2 pinches of Celery Salt
2 grinds of Black Pepper

How to make it:

1. Use the salt and pepper to rim your glass.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well.
3. Strain the mixture into your glass. Add half a celery to garnish.

We can't deny the formidable combination of a good gin and tonic, especially when they come in the form of popsicles. It is safe to say your dinner party will be a raving hit after handing these out. 

What you need:

3 cups Tonic
1 and 1/2oz Hendrick's Gin
¼ Lime, juiced
½ cup Cucumber Slices

How to make it:

1. Mix together tonic, gin and lime juice.
2. Place cucumber slices into popsicle moulds, then pour in the tonic mix.
3. Freeze overnight before serving.

The makings of a winning dish —  the sharp acidity of a liquor slathered on fresh seafood.

What you need:

1/3 cup Table Salt
1/3 cup Caster Sugar
1 tspn Grated Lime Zest
½ tspn Whole Black Peppercorns, lightly crushed
1 tspn Pink Peppercorn
2 tspn Coriander Seeds
1 tspn Juniper Berries, lightly crushed
1/3 cup Hendrick's Gin
400g Centre-Cut Salmon Fillet
2 Cucumbers
2 tbspn Mint Leaves

How to make it:

1. Begin this recipe one day ahead.
2. Combine salt, sugar, zest, black and pink peppercorns, spices, juniper berries and gin. Spread half the mixture in a glass dish.
3. Add the fish with its skin-side down and cover with the remaining spice mixture.
4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight, turning the fish after 12 hours and spooning any liquid over the top.
5. Remove salmon from dish, while keeping the remaining marinade to one side. Rinse the fish and pat dry with a paper towel.
6. Slice the cucumbers thinly and leave them in the marinade for 30 minutes. Drain the mixture, while keeping one tablespoon of the spices from the marinade.
7. Thinly slice the salmon diagonally, discarding the skin. Place it on the serving platter, scatter the cucumber slices and reserved spices over it. Serve this with olive oil and sourdough bread.

Love your gin? Check out Tasha Lu's workshop at Wildseed Bar — where she'll be demonstrating how to make three of Hendrick's specialty gin cocktails. 

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