Some of the world’s best bars have inspired new cocktail ideas to tie in with the release of the new Haysmith’s gin range by supermarket group Aldi.
Pritesh Mody, founder of food and drink specialist World of Zing, has created versions of cocktails served up at The Bar at The Dorchester, Hutong at The Shard, Novikov, Sushisamba and Mahiki in London and Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
As part of the launch, he will be hosting a live cocktail-making masterclass on Aldi’s Facebook page at 5pm on 24 April to demonstrated to shoppers how to make the cocktails at home. He is a familiar face on TV as a regular on Channel’s 4 Sunday Brunch.
Launched in stores last month, the Haysmith’s “botanical” range of flavoured gins comprises Haysmith’s Peach & Orange Blossom Gin, Haysmith’s Mango & Passionfruit Gin and Haysmith’s Seville Orange & Persian Lime Gin. They each retail at £15.99 with ABV of 37.5%.
Mody (pictured) said: “With everyone stuck indoors at the moment, many of us are missing our favourite bars and restaurants. So it’s been a pleasure to team up with Aldi and the incredible new Haysmith’s Gin range to create a selection of easy and affordable recipes that are inspired by some of the most exciting cocktails around.
“Hopefully these drinks will allow everyone to mix themselves a little taste of luxury at home and perhaps even impress their friends during the now obligatory weekend drink online.”
The exclusive recipes use various Aldi spirits and liqueurs. They include the Jardin D’aldi (pictured below), with ingredients totalling £1.30 per serve, designed to be as good as Chateau Marmont’s Gardener’s Gimlet.
Novikov’s glamourous Wild Orchid cocktail, normally sprinkled with 18-carat gold, has inspired Aldi’s Bloomin’ Wild (pictured top), made with Haysmith’s Orange Blossom and Peach Gin and Aldi’s Premium French Vodka and costing £2.13 per glass at home.
The Infusionist Cup (pictured below) is inspired by the Strawberry Cup at The Dorchester’s bar and features Aldi’s Strawberry Lemonade Gin Liqueur and Veuve Monsigny Champagne, costed at £2.98 per serve.
Mahiki’s ever-popular sharing punch, the Treasure Chest, is reinvented as the Aldiki (pictured below), costing £5.82 per serve. Here is the full recipe:
200ml Sugar syrup*
800ml Apple juice
800ml Pineapple juice
250ml Orange juice
4 Fresh limes
400ml Old Hopking White Rum
600ml Old Hopking Dark Rum
200ml Cocobay White Rum & Coconut
200ml Haysmith’s Mango and Passionfruit Gin
250ml Aldi’s VSOP Napoleon Brandy
750ml Chilled Veuve Monseigny Champagne
Chopped fresh fruit to garnish
Pour several handfuls of ice cubes into your treasure chest or punch bowl. Add the apple juice, pineapple juice and orange juice and stir. Squeeze in the juice of the fresh limes. Add Old Hopking White Rum, Old Hopking Dark Rum, Cocobay White Rum & Coconut, Haysmith’s Mango and Passionfruit Gin and the brandy.Top with a bottle of chilled Veuve Monseigny Champagne. Stir to blend and add more ice cubes if desired. Finally, add a selection of chopped fresh fruit such as pineapple, lemon, orange and passion fruit to garnish.
*To make the right amount of sugar syrup, dissolve 6 tablespoons of caster sugar in 200ml of boiling water, leaving it to cool before adding to the mix.