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Brina is a gin cocktail inspired by Ljubljana with its temperament.

A glass of cloudy liquid adorned with slices of apple and lemon. The glass is on a wooden tray, with a building and bushes out of focus in the background.

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Our capital has a rich history and heritage, so local, traditional flavors play an important role in the mix. We chose Slovenian gin as the base, which has a pronounced juniper flavor, and included apples, a typical ingredient of traditional Slovenian cuisine, in the recipe. The charming streets of Ljubljana tell ancient stories, but the city is by no means sleepy - Ljubljana is youthful and fresh. Every corner is different, and there's a surprise at every step. For freshness and a touch of exoticism, we've added lemon and ginger to the Brina cocktail, and a dose of youthful mischief comes from the pink tonic.


  • 30 ml Slovenian gin (higher juniper content)
  • 30 ml ginger syrup*
  • 30 ml apple juice
  • 10 ml lemon juice
  • 80 ml pink tonic
  • twisted lemon peel
  • slice of red apple
  • ice cubes

*ginger syrup recipe - for 1 liter of ginger "syrup":
100 g peeled ginger, sliced ​​into rounds, boiled in 1 liter of water. Once the water boils, remove the pot from the heat and let it cool. Pour the cooled liquid into a bottle, and discard the pieces of ginger. This prepared syrup can be used for at least 3 days.


In a cocktail shaker, mix gin, ginger syrup, lemon juice, and apple juice thoroughly.
Pour the mixture into a glass filled with ice (a wine glass with a tapered top is recommended).
Top up with pink tonic.
Add a slice of lemon.
Decorate the rim of the glass with a slice of red apple.