Top 5 Artisan Cardiff Gin Cocktails

Top 5 Cardiff Gin cocktails that you need to nail during lockdown.

Have you grown weary of hearing of your friend’s new skills? How they triumphantly use their spare time to learn new languages, or how to play Gran Vals on the guitar, or delving deeply into multivariable calculus? It can be dispiriting, especially when the only thing you’ve managed to accomplished is limiting your son’s Fortnite exposure by 3 hours a night. Worry not!…..below  are our Top 5 Artisan Cardiff Gin Cocktails.

Worry not!…..

Below are 5 fantastic cocktail recipes along with some trivia that will impress your irritating cohorts so much, that half way through telling you how they’ve mastered Makaton, they’ll be completely blown away by how cultivated and worldly you’ve become.


In at number 5 this colourful entry was first mixed in Caffè Casoni, Italy in 1919. This classic cocktail is best served over ice in a chunky tumbler. With its heady exotic scent, and deep red tones, this visual stunner goes down a treat when your locked in a house by yourself for 6 weeks.



  • Campari 25ml
  • Treganna Gin 25ml
  • Martini Rosso 25ml
  • Orange  Peeled, to garnish


  • Pour the Campari, Treganna Gin and Martini over ice in a tumbler, and garnish with orange peel. 

 #4 – East India Gimlet


The ‘Gimlet’ is believed to be named after Surgeon Admiral Sir Thomas Gimlette who is credited, albeit somewhat unfairly, as the first person who ever conceived that pouring lime cordial into gin might be somewhat palatable. It reminded me of the time a school bully I grew up with used to roam the school yard insisting that he invented the swear word “bullsh%t”. …

 Zesty and well rounded this cocktail deservedly belongs in our Top 5 Artisan Cardiff Gin Cocktails, just don’t forget to give credit to the Admiral.


  • Dill a small pinch and a sprig to serve
  • Lime wedge 1  
  • Treganna Gin 50ml
  • Rose’s lime cordial 50ml
  • Celery bitters 2 dashes


  • Before you make the cocktail, put some ice in a coupe glass and add a dash of soda to help it cool quickly.
  • Put a pinch of dill, a squeezed lime wedge, the gin and the lime cordial into a shaker.
  • Add ice to the shaker, cap it and shake hard. You want to chill the drink as quickly as possible and water it down to the absolute minimum.
  • Empty the ice and any liquid from your glass and fine-strain the drink into it. Garnish the drink with a small, fresh sprig of Add ice to the shaker, cap it and shake hard. You want to chill the drink as quickly as possible and water it down to the absolute minimum.

 #3 – Gin Fizz

The laborious process of shaking this cocktail within an inch of its life meant that a significant proportion of jobs in New Orleans, where this drink originated, was dedicated to cocktail shaking. A mind numbing and menial job in normal circumstances, but these guys had arguably the greatest music of all time to shake and keep rhythm to. And for the cocktail….delicious!



  • Treganna Gin 25ml
  • Fresh Lemon Juice 25ml
  • Simple Syrup 50/75ml
  • Egg White 1
  • Sparkling Water 25ml


  1. Add the first four ingredients to a shaker and dry-shake (without ice) for about 10 seconds.
  2. Add 3 or 4 ice cubes and shake very well.
  3. Double-strain into a chilled fizz glass and top with sparkling water.


 #2 – Gin Mojito

The Mojito, first discovered in Cuba was prescribed for its medicinal qualities. Sailors devoured the stuff and the empirical effects on health went far beyond the power of any placebo. As it turned out,  the limes in the cocktail were healing agents. Richly nutrient in vitamin C they prevented scurvy – every sailors worst nightmare. Every trendy cocktail bar today owes a debt of gratitude to those benighted sailors for being unable to figure out that the rum wasn’t actually doing anything, besides getting them howling drunk.



  • Mint sprigs
  • Treganna Gin 25ml
  • Simple syrup 15ml
  • Fresh lime juice 15ml
  • Sparkling Water 25ml


  1. Add all the ingredients to a shaker full of ice. Shake and serve in a high ball glass. Garnish with mint and lime if desired. Tom Collins


 #1 – Tom Collins

The Tom Collins is one of the most famous cocktails in the world, but who was he and why do they belong at the top of our Top 5 Artisan Cardiff Gin Cocktails list? It turns out that nobody knows. Many have a sneaking suspicion it’s named after John Collins, the head waiter at Limmer’s Old House in Mayfair, who had a very similar cocktail. It’s understandable how these similarly sounding names could conceivably get mixed up, and over the years John slowly morphed into Tom. Either that, or to it’s complete bullsh%t.*




  • Treganna Gin 50ml
  • Lemon juice 25ml
  • Sugar Syrup  25ml
  • Sparkling water 125ml 
  • Slice of lemon



  1. Build the drink over plenty of ice in a Collins glass, stir gently and garnish with a slice of lemon.


(* Credit : Thanks to Tim Doughty Smith for giving us permission to use this word. )