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How to Make the Makar Gin Red Snapper

The Makar Gin Red Snapper is a refreshing, herbaceous gin twist on the classic Bloody Mary. Made with bright citrus flavors, spices, and the unique botanicals of Makar Gin Original Dry Gin, this cocktail is perfect for any time!

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An Introduction to the Red Snapper

The Red Snapper is essentially a Bloody Mary with gin. While the original recipe calls for London Dry gin, the Red Snapper cocktail is a great opportunity to use more distinctive modern gins that feature unique botanical blends.

One such example is Makar Glasgow Gin, distilled in Scotland and featuring an intriguing mix of citrus, spices, and coastal botanicals like seaweed. This gin’s complex blend of flavors pairs perfectly with the other ingredients and creates an herbal, citrusy profile that spices up this Red Snapper.

Shopping List for Ingredients

Part of the fun of mixology is sourcing top-notch ingredients to craft your cocktails. To make the Makar Gin Red Snapper, you will need:

  • Makar Glasgow Gin: The star spirit and namesake. Its unique blend of botanicals is the perfect choice.
  • Tomato Juice: Any type, will do but I think that one that is a bitter thicker can make all the difference when the
  • Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed juice adds bright acidity.
  • Spices: The recipe calls for black pepper, celery sale, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce – use whichever you like!
  • Ice: Either cubes or crushed ice work well.
  • Garnish: Lime wheel, lemon twist, rosemary sprig, etc.

With these core ingredients, you are ready to craft a stellar Red Snapper cocktail!

Essential Equipment

You likely already have the basic equipment at home:

Optional but nice to have:

Now let’s get shaking!

Step-by-Step Mixing Instructions

Follow these simple steps for crafting the refreshing Makar Gin Red Snapper:

Step 1: Chill your glassware

For a properly cold cocktail, it’s important to pre-chill your glass. Fill a highball or collins glass with ice water while preparing the drink. This also prevents dilution from the chilled glass.

Step 2: Measure out ingredients

Add ice cubes to your cocktail shaker along with Makar Glasgow Gin, tomato juice, spices and freshly squeezed lemon.

Step 3: Shake and strain

Seal the cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds until thoroughly chilled. Strain into your prepared glass.

Step 4: Add ice and garnish

Add fresh ice cubes or crushed ice to fill your glass. Gently stir 3-4 times. Garnish with a lime wheel, lemon twist, or herb like rosemary or basil.

Bottom’s up!

Variations and Enhancements

Once you have the basic recipe down, try these tweaks:

  • Use a combination of lemon and lime juice for added complexity.
  • Add a dash of bitters such as grapefruit or aromatic.
  • Muddle fresh herbs like basil, thyme, or cucumber in the shaker.
  • For a spicier drink, add a pinch of chili powder or cayenne.
  • Play with different garnishes like star anise, juniper berries, peppercorns, or citrus zest.
  • Use a salted rim on your glass for a margarita-style twist.
  • For alcohol-free, skip the gin
  • Batch your cocktails by preparing a large pitcher to serve multiple drinks easily.

The possibilities are endless for experimenting with this base recipe.

Serving Suggestions and Tips

Here are some final tips for serving your Makar Gin Red Snappers:

  • Serve in a chilled highball or collins glass. Tall pilsner glasses also work.
  • Pour over fresh ice cubes or crushed ice. The colder the better.
  • Accompany with small bites like lemon pepper nuts, seared shrimp, or melon and prosciutto.
  • Adjust ingredient quantities to taste – add more or less citrus, etc. based on preference.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you’re new to making cocktails, you may have some questions about the Greyhound. Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers:

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Traditionally, a highball glass or a tall glass is used to serve a Makar Gin Red Snapper cocktail. This type of glass provides enough space for the cocktail’s ingredients and garnishes while allowing you to appreciate its visual appeal.

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Yes, you can create a non-alcoholic version of the Makar Gin Red Snapper by simply omitting the Makar Glasgow Gin and replacing it with a non-alcoholic gin alternative or simply using more tomato juice as the base.

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Absolutely! To make a pitcher, simply multiply the recipe by the number of servings you need. For example, to make 8 servings, combine 12 ounces of gin with 32 ounces of tomato juice in a pitcher. Stir well and serve over ice.

Can I add other ingredients to my Red Snapper?

While the classic Red Snapper is made with just gin and tomato juice, you can certainly experiment with adding other ingredients. Just be careful not to overpower the tomato flavor.

Sip this modern twist on a classic drink and let the Makar Gin lead the way.

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Here is the recipe!

Makar Red Snapper

Makar Gin Red Snapper

The Red Snapper deserves to be far more than a footnote in the long history of the Bloody Mary. The gin, which replaces the vodka, stands tall, providing a juniper-led backbone that shines through the cocktail's other components. The iconic pick-me-up's warmth and savoury richness is still present in this alchemical interaction that creates the perfect brunch time tipple.
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Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Cocktails
Cuisine Scottish
Servings 1
Calories 154 kcal


  • 2 oz / 60ml Makar Original Gin
  • 4 oz / 120ml Tomato Juice
  • 1/2 oz / 15ml Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
  • 2 grinds Black Pepper
  • 2 pinches Celery Salt
  • Worcestershire Sauce and Hot Sauce to Taste


  • Shake all the ingredients together with ice.
  • Rim a highball glass with salt and pepper and fill with cubed ice.
  • Strain into the glass.


Serving: 1gCalories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSodium: 640mgFiber: 2gSugar: 6g
Keyword Red Snapper cocktail
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