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Shake it up on Mother’s Day

Chin! chin! It’s gin (of course) in ‘Spring Forward’, a little pick me up and knock it back for Mother’s Day, concocted for Muddy Stilettos by our resident mixologist Jake Merrick-Wren.


  • 5 mint leaves
  • 10ml sugar syrup (caster sugar gently dissolved in hot water at a ratio of 1:1 ratio sugar to water and left to cool)
  • 12.5ml St Germain (an elderflower liqueur)
  • 12.5ml lillet blanc ( a French aperitif wine)
  • 25ml fresh lime
  • 40 ml of London dry gin ( Jake used E18hteen gin, a new Somerset gin made with apple botanicals)


  • Add mint leaves and sugar syrup to a shaker.
  • Lightly muddle (squish the leaves) to release the aromas.
  • Add all other ingredients and shake over ice.
  • Because he’s a pro, Jake serves his in a a pre-chilled metal julep tin over crushed ice but a chilled tumbler will do – and then garnish with a mint bouquet.
  • Hand it over to your Mum – or keep it all to yourself.

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