Have you thought about trying new ways to enjoy your gin in the colder months?
Then, if so, we have some fantastic suggestions to help you through the winter.
For many of us, when we think about enjoying a gin and tonic we conjure up images of a warm summer’s day. A long, cool drink, with ice and a slice of fruit enjoyed in the garden with the sun shining down.
Although, we think there is nothing more welcoming at the end of a bracing winter walk than cosying up by the fire with a St. Giles in hand?
But, if you would prefer to try something different we have a number of options for you to think about.
Change up your gin
The changing of the season might well inspire you to try a different gin, and we are thrilled to confirm that, making a return for 2020 is the limited edition Spiced Orange and Cranberry Gin!
This beautiful bottle is packed full of flavour – if you could bottle Christmas this is what it would smell and taste like! With cinnamon flavours, fruity orange and even a hint of star anise, if you are looking for a different way to enjoy your gin this winter now is the time to get hold of one of these bottles – once it’s gone it’s gone!
“Months of hard work went into achieving the balance of fresh fruit and Christmas spice. I’m so happy it all came together so beautifully.” – Pete Margree, St Giles Master Distiller
Distiller Pete has created his own winter cocktail using the Spiced Orange and Cranberry Gin as a base.
Pete’s Spiced Orange and Cranberry Winter Warmer
50ml St Giles Spice Orange and Cranberry gin
25ml Cinnamon syrup (see below)
100 ml cranberry juice (sweetened)
15ml water (still or sparkling, alternatively use lemonade)
Add a chunk of fresh orange and a few fresh cranberries if available. Gently warm before serving
Cinnamon Syrup ( 4 servings):
Mix approx 100g of sugar with 100ml of water and heat gently in a pan until all sugar dissolved. (Add more sugar for a sweeter syrup)
Crumble 1 cinnamon stick and stir
Add a handful of all spice berries and stir
Add zest of 1 lemon and stir
Add small amounts of cloves, star anise and other ‘Christmas spices’ if desired
Warm gently for 2-3 minutes. Leave to stand for 24hours.
Change up your recipe
Of course, if you prefer to stick to the Signature St. Giles Gin, it works beautifully with any number of cocktails, the subtle, elegant flavour makes the perfect base.
Why not try it as the basis of a classic Negroni. Picture yourself in the glamourous bars of Florence, snow falling outside the window:
25ml St. Giles Gin
25ml Sweet Vermouth Rosso
Fill a short glass with ice. Pour in the St. Giles Gin, Campari and sweet red vermouth. Stir, and garnish with a slice of orange.
If it is really cold outside why not brew up a hot gin toddy to warm you from the inside out:
30ml St. Giles Gin
25ml fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon of sugar
60ml hot water
Cinnamon stick garnish
Combine the gin, lemon juice and sugar in a glass mug. Add the hot water and stir well to dissolve the sugar. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy.
However you choose to enjoy your gin this winter, don’t forget to keep stocked up, you can buy your gin directly from us online.
We’d love to know how you are enjoying St Giles. Gin this winter. Share your recipes and pictures on our facebook page!