Original Beefeater Gin Drinks

Upcoming TDN – Metaxa

Metaxa is a Greek spirit that combines house-distilled brandy with aged muscat wine. It is a potion I have fond memories of sipping years ago, so I’m quite excited to craft cocktails with it this coming week for Thursday Drink Night. A few of us (Matt, Matt, Gabe, Camper, Marleigh, Michele, Adam, and Jonno) will be mixing live at Erik‘s house. The rest of the crew of bartenders, cocktail authors, and enthusiasts will join us in the chat room. If it’s your first time, stop by. I guarantee you’ll have a good time.

As voted on by the participants, the best cocktail of the evening will win a bottle of Aromatic Cocktail Bitters: Bitter Blueberry by Sweetgrass Winery, soon to be available at The mixing ensues at 7pm EST.

Enter the chat room!

(If you have missed out on the fun so far, check out what Thursday Drink Night is all about.)

TDN Beefeater Wrap-Up

The last time gin was the Thursday Drink Night theme, we had so many good cocktails that there was no way I could make them all. And with Beefeater being a completely approachable gin, everyone threw off their black pipe-cleaner hats and mixed up 46 original cocktails, a TDN record. Dan Warner, Beefeater’s brand ambassador, stopped by to answer some questions and participate in the chat, and it was both educational and a treat to have him join us.

Winning Cocktail

The poll was close this week, but Jake Parrott emerged the winner. The vigorous molasses flavor of Coruba rum matches so well with Beefeater. It was a curious mix, but clearly delicious.

Chip Shop Punch

  • 1 1/2oz Beefeater gin
  • 1/2oz Rothman & Winter Apricot
  • 1/4oz Coruba rum
  • 1/2oz lemon juice
  • 1/2oz simple syrup
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

Swizzle with an enormity of crushed ice and ring it with straws, as everyone will ask for a sip.

Jake Parrott

Featured Cocktails

The Mixoloseum Twitter page has a full list Beefeater gin libations from the evening, but here are a few highlights:

Role Model

  • 1 1/2oz Beefeater gin
  • 3/4oz cognac
  • 1/4oz Cherry Heering
  • 1/2oz lime juice
  • 1t simple syrup
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters

Shake with ice, but make sure to first don your favorite super hero costume. Strain, using a batarang as your julep strainer.

Matt from


  • 2oz Beefeater gin
  • 1/2oz green Chartreuse
  • 1/2oz grapefruit juice
  • 1/4oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1/4oz honey syrup
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters

Shake with cracked ice and strain over fresh ice into a svelte glass.

Gabe from cocktailnerd


  • 2oz Beefeater gin
  • 1/2oz Licor 43
  • 1/4oz lemon juice
  • 1/4oz Campari
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • 6 drops Herbsaint

Shake with crushed ice and pour, unhindered, into a saucer rimmed with gemstones. Cuz Blair needs some Blingy.

Blair from Trader Tiki

The Tristessa

  • 1 1/2oz Beefeater gin
  • 1/2oz Pommeau de Normandie
  • 1 dash Marteau absinthe
  • 1 dash Caol Isla Scotch
  • 1 dash simple syrup

Shake with cracked ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with an entire apple on the rim. Really, try it.

Jim and Paul at Vessel

You’ll be Hungry 1 Hour Later

  • 1 1/2oz Beefeater gin
  • 1/2oz lime juice
  • 1/2oz falernum
  • 1/4oz orange juice
  • orange wedge
  • 1 dash sesame oil

Muddle the orange wedge and sesame oil, add remaining ingredients, shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Cross your fingers, and take a sip.


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  1. seezeeNo Gravatar says:

    i didn’t have the apricot or the coruba rum, so i skipped to the next recipe. come to think of it, no beefeater, either, just plymouth, hendricks & bombay–so i subbed bombay in the role model. outstanding! me want more!

    since the recipe didn’t specify bitters brands i went with the regular fee bros. aromatic. anyone out there try this with homemade abbott’s yet?

    thanks, rick & rumdood.


  2. BeefeaterNo Gravatar says:

    Awesome Competition! The Role Model sounds amazing. We shall start to follow you on twitter. We have jsut put up our new mixology video for the week which talks about the French 75! . The French 75 first made its appearance in print in the 1930 edition of Harry Craddock’s famous Savoy Cocktail Book. Legend has it the cocktail was first invented by WW1 Franco-American flying ace, Raoul Lufbery. Its name comes from the fact that it has such a kick, it felt like being shelled by the French 75mm field gun.

    Pretty Sweet!

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