How to make a James Mason

How to make a James Mason

The James Mason is one of our very own creations, named after the late James Mason, an English actor known for his work in A Star is Born, Hitchcock’s North by Northwest but most significantly to us, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. If you’ve paid us a visit before you may already know that our stills were named after Verne’s iconic creations Nautilus and Captain Nemo. Much like Nemo’s thirst to invent, we were keen to play our own hand at designing and pay homage to our beloved still in the process.

Designed, in part, for fans of the Mojito, we introduce to you his estranged cousin, the James Mason. The herbaceous, sharp character of the Oxford Botanic Garden Physic Gin offers a delightful contrast with the crisp, citrus led profile of prosecco, seeking to reward those who opt for the James Mason with a refreshing, lightly floral experience. That signature summer tang is highlighted with the introduction of lemon and elderflower cordial, giving the James Mason a soft kick.


  • 25ml Oxford Botanic Garden Physic Gin
  • 15ml Lemon juice
  • 15ml Elderflower cordial
  • A handful of mint
  • Ice


  1. Put a small amount of crushed ice and fresh mint in the bottom of a highball glass and muddle. This will help to keep your glassware cool and refreshing while you make your cocktail. Avoid placing the mint inside your shaker as this will prove tough to get
  2. Put all the remaining ingredients in your shaker and then fill the shaker with ice. Shake until the ice is crushed.
  3. Strain the shaker ingredients into your glass.
  4. Fill the remainder of the glass with fresh ice
  5. Top with prosecco and garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
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