Living

Cocktail hour

Staying in is the new going out, but that doesn’t mean entertaining should be restricted to beers and wine. We teamed up with Rogue Society Gin and All Good Organics to add three refreshingly easy cocktails to our repertoire for spring soirées.

THE BITTER ROGUE
A firm favourite with the homestyle team on fridays. The Bitter Rogue is for the Gin & Tonic lover who likes a bitter twist.

30ml Rogue Society Gin
1 Bottle All Good & Sparkling Bitter Lemon
dehydrated lemon
fresh rosemary

Combine ingredients over ice and stir. Add slices of dehydrated lemon and a sprig of rosemary to garnish.

To make the dehydrated lemon, first wash the fruit thoroughly. Slice into half-centimetre rounds and place on an oven rack. Pop in the oven on the lowest heat possible, and dehydrate. After three hours check progress, flip the slices and continue for another hour, or until they are dry to the touch.

BLOOD ORANGE COLLINS
We’re suckers for any drink with a citrus zing, and if you don’t have blood oranges on hand you could sub in regular fresh orange juice.

30ml Rogue Society Gin
15ml fresh lemon juice
fresh juice of half a blood orange

Fill a glass with slices of fresh citrus and ice. Add the gin, lemon and orange juice, then top with All Good & Sparkling Blood Orange.

BERRY UNCONVENTIONAL BRAMBLE
The Berry Bramble is a classic drink that has been forgot over the years. We’re not sure why, but think that it deserves a comeback this spring.

30ml Rogue Society Gin
15ml fresh lime juice
handful of blackberries
a sprig of basil
freeze dried raspberries

Put the blackberries into a glass with ice, gin and lime juice. Top with a splash of All Good & Sparkling Blackcurrant, and garnish with basil leaves and a crumbling of freeze dried raspberries (or more fresh berries if you have them).

Recipes Crystal McConchie, Rogue Society Gin
Styling Alice Lines
Photography Evie Mackay