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How to make a refreshing gin cocktail to sip under the stars

November 16, 2016

Last night there was a supermoon to end all supermoons. Did you see it? I fully intended to and went somewhere special to see the sun go down. I gazed out from the gorgeous terrace at Roberto’s, watching the sky turn from golden to salmon pink to deep blue until the lights of the Burj Khalifa started to twinkle. The moon, however super, just wasn’t visible from that viewpoint. Sinking into the sofa when I got home I knew I should haul myself out into my garden and marvel, but every ounce of energy had left my body. For once, instead of beating myself up, I made peace with myself. As an enthusiastic person I often feel guilty if I haven’t seized every precious moment. Perhaps if I’d had one of these in my hand I might have found that extra incentive.

Denzel, my bartender cocktail advisor, came up with this recipe specifically for sipping outside under the stars. While November in some parts of the world call for hot chocolate with a slug of something warming, here in Dubai it’s the perfect time of year to spend evenings outdoors. One to bookmark for those summer nights or sunny Autumn days.

The best gin cocktail for sipping on your terrace

The fresh, floral and green of the outdoors is reflected in the flavours of this drink. And it contains sherry, that slightly old-fashioned drink which has seen a little renaissance. Denzel chose Manzanilla sherry as it’s fruity and floral, but salty on the palate with a dry and zesty finish. The slight saltiness complements all daisy-style drinks (and sour drinks like the Margarita) and the floral notes play delicately with the green and violet ones. Less Chelsea flower show, more cottage garden.

Named after the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie or VOC in Dutch) for its role in the spice trade.The perfect gin cocktail to sip under the stars - recipe on

VOC Daisy

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: moderate
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  • 60ml gin, Sacred Cardamom recommended
  • 15ml Manzanilla Sherry
  • 20ml honey and green tea syrup *
  • 15ml fresh lemon juice
  • 15ml egg white
  • Sweet violet droplets**
  • Matcha tea and dried rose petals (optional garnish)


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Strainer
  • Old fashioned glass
  • Ice

How to mix

Add all the ingredients (except the garnish) into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously until chilled. Strain the liquid from the ice into a chilled glass.

*To make the honey and green tea syrup infuse one part green tea in one part of hot water for 5 minutes then strain. Dissolve one part of raw honey in the green tea and allow to cool.

** Sweet violet droplets add an intense floral note to cocktails without being sweet. Alternatively substitute jasmine tea for the green tea when making the syrup.

Watching the sunset from Robertos terrace in Dubai drinking cocktails. To find a recipe for gin cocktails with a twist visit

Watching the sunset from Robertos terrace in Dubai

Watching the sunset from Robertos terrace in Dubai drinking cocktails. To find a recipe for gin cocktails with a twist visit

Oh Mr Moon – where are you?

Do you always seize the moment or have guilty feelings like me?! What’s in your glass this month?




  1. Dave Reeder permalink
    November 16, 2016 9:37 am


    Love the idea of it but where the hell do you find sweet violet droplets?



    PS Autumn now well under way with leaves underfoot and a chill in the air – my favourite time of year, especially when I’m installed in the 13th century Three Crowns up in the village…

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    • The Real Geordie Armani permalink
      November 16, 2016 10:48 am

      same question as Dave 🙂

  2. crasterkipper permalink
    November 16, 2016 10:56 am

    I also missed the super moon…of course it was cloudy in Manchester! It’s good to relax & just be sometimes – I know they say carp diem & all that, but it’s important to seize the moment on the sofa sometimes too 😉

  3. glamorous glutton permalink
    November 16, 2016 12:14 pm

    This sounds delicious. I discovered cardamom gin in Spain last year, the intense spice flavour was amazing. We missed the super moon here as the cloud was so thick not even that could shine through. GG

  4. November 16, 2016 8:58 pm

    Can I save this for summer? It sounds de-li-cious. That hot chocolate with something warming is, however, calling 🙂 PS I am finally getting to the point in my life when I am not stressing about missing out on things. It is quite freeing actually.To wit: When the moon finally popped out for a millisecond from behind its gauzy veil, I thought meh. It wasn’t so spectacular where I was. But I love a good meteor shower, which the bright moon was obscuring!

  5. November 19, 2016 9:29 am

    Heavens, this sounds divine – I’m quite partial to a drop of gin. And, to be honest, the ‘super-moon’ wasn’t all that super from our house, anyway.

  6. November 19, 2016 12:37 pm

    That sounds like a perfect drink for a warm evening although hot chocolate is more the drink of the day here in the UK! My daughter is going to be working in Dubai for 6 months next year & we are planning a visit so I am going to be catching up with your blog to pick out some good places to eat & drink.

  7. November 27, 2016 6:46 pm

    Gin&tonic is my preferred drink when headache to nurse. Otherwise love champagne overated I know but nevertheless..when I feel worthy price wise I indulge…. missed the moon but photos appeared on fb. Love you blog..

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