Gin lovers of St Andrews, today is your lucky day. With the 602 Ball coming up (by the way, get your tickets on Fixr for £35 right now!), if you haven’t learned to love gin, you probably should, because 602 Ball plans on handing out over 1,000 FREE Eden Mill gin and tonics to attendees on the night. SCORE! If you love your uni (which you should) and you love gin, get in the 602 spirit with us at Spoon and try some of these fantastic cocktails which you can make with–you guessed it–gin.

Happy birthday, St Andrews.

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The Birdie

  • Prep Time:3 minutes
  • Cook Time:2 minutes
  • Total Time:5 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 2 oz Eden Mill gin
  • 1/2 oz St Germain Elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 oz sugar syrup
  • 5 leaves of fresh mint
Photo by Don LaVange
Photo by Don LaVange

Step 1

The favorite cocktail of British Open golfers, what better way to celebrate the university’s 602 by celebrating one of the town’s favorite past times? If you’re feeling something refreshing and sweet, this one’s for you.

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Step 2

Combine all ingredients into a Boston shaker and fill with ice.

Step 3

Double strain into a chilled coupette or a martini glass. Drink it. Yeah, we know it’s good.

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GIF courtesy of giphy.com

The Southsider

  • Prep Time:3 minutes
  • Cook Time:2 minutes
  • Total Time:5 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 2 oz Eden mill gin
  • 1 oz sugar syrup
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3-4 oz soda
  • 3-5 leaves of fresh mint
  • 1-2 fresh lime slices

Step 1

Yes, you totally can drink gin on the beach (dare I say even on West Sands?). Celebrate your uni’s birthday with this fancy gin cocktail (we promise we won’t tell Fife Police…).

Step 2

Combine all ingredients in a Boston shaker and fill with ice.

Step 3

Shake well and stir. Serve chilled. So. Much. Yum.

Royalty Fizz

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:2 minutes
  • Total Time:7 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 2 oz Eden Mill gin
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Blue Curacao liqueur
  • 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 oz soda

Step 1

Speaking of castles, the St Andrews one has a kind of morbid past, if you ask me. But we can all agree that the castle ruins are unbelievably gorgeous, and really, really cool. Planning on picnicking on the castle grounds? Bring along some of this insanely good gin cocktail.

Step 2

Combine the gin, lemon juice, Curacao, sugar, and egg in a shaker half-filled with ice cubes.

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Photo courtesy of flickr.com

Step 3

Shake well and strain into a Collins glass almost filled with ice cubes. Add the soda, stir well, and serve. Enjoy in great quantity.

Curious Cucumber Tea

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:5 minutes
  • Total Time:10 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Medium

    Ingredients

  • 2 oz Eden Mill gin
  • 4 1/2 teaspoon rose syrup
  • 4 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 oz Prosecco

Step 1

Ever feel overwhelmed by work and want to take a nice stroll through the Kinnesburn or Botanical Gardens? Ever write papers better while drunk? Ever wonder what a drunk contemplative through the Botanical Gardens would be like? Grab this cocktail to go and wonder no more!

Step 2

Squeeze a lemon into a small cup or jug. Cut about 2.5 cm of cucumber into small bits and add to cocktail shaker.

Step 3

Muddle cucumber in the bottom of the shaker until it is squashed. Add gin, rose syrup, lemon juice, and ice to the shaker and shake until the shaker goes cold.

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Step 4

Strain the mixture into a glass using a fine strainer to remove bits and fill about half the glass. Fill rest of the glass with Prosecco. Finish drink. Make some more.

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Photo courtesy of flickr.com

The 602

  • Prep Time:2 minutes
  • Cook Time:1 minute
  • Total Time:3 minutes
  • Servings:1
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 shot of Eden Mill gin
  • 1/2 shot of strawberry liqueur
  • 1/2 shot of vanilla liqueur
  • 4 oz lemonade
Photo by Alexandra Georges-Picot
Photo by Alexandra Georges-Picot

Step 1

Lastly, but surely the best (didn’t expect that coming, did you?) is the 602 cocktail which is the most delicious thing, EVER. If you’re feeling some homemade cocktails, we’ve provided the recipe. If not, you can hit up the Vic, where they’ve got this recipe down pat.

Step 2

Mix all ingredients in a glass half-filled with ice. Serve chilled. Party on, because your uni deserves it. Happy 602, St Andrews. You’re seriously awesome.

Step 3

If you feel like celebrating with us, get your ticket to the 602 ball now right here. There. You’re officially invited to the coolest birthday party EVER.

Image courtesy of the Fellowship of St Andrews
Image courtesy of the Fellowship of St Andrews