Winter gin-spiration

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WHEN you think of gin, you probably think of lazy summer afternoons and gazing off into the picturesque distance without a care in the world. Just because it’s winter it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy your favourite drink. Here are some warm gin cocktails to serve on chilly nights.

HOT NEGRONI

Ingredients

  • 1 part Sipsmith London Dry Gin
  • 1 part Campari
  • 1 part sweet vermouth
  • Berry tea
  • Dehydrated orange or fresh orange slice (optional, for the wow factor)

Method

  • Pour the first three ingredients into a mug and stir. 
  • Top with hot berry tea. 
  • Garnish with a dehydrated orange or a fresh orange slice.

HOT CLEMENTS

If you’re looking for the “fun aunt” version of a flu juice, the Hot Clements is the drink for you. A delightfully sippable twist on the zesty St Clements cocktail, this tasty winter drink has the added bonus of a sneaky immune system boost. Whether you opt for clementine juice or orange juice, it’s bound to be the perfect winter tipple.

Ingredients

  • 1 part Sipsmith London Dry Gin
  • 3 parts warm clementine (or orange) juice
  • 1 teaspoon simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Sprig of mint to garnish (if you’re feeling fancy)

Method

  • Combine all the ingredients in a glass. Stir. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

HOT G&T

Can’t stand mulled wine, but in need of a winter warmer? Turn up the heat on a classic favourite and try a Hot G&T. Say goodbye to frozen hands from clasping your drink all night. It’s a G&T in a trench coat – bold, yet stylishly simple. Enjoy all the fun of a regular G&T but with some winter-friendly spunk.

Ingredients

  • 2 parts Sipsmith London Dry Gin
  • 1 part tonic syrup
  • Hot water
  • Orange twist to garnish (for that extra pizzaz)

Method

  • Combine the gin and tonic syrup in a mug or heatproof stem glass. Stir well.
  • Top with boiling water. 
  • Garnish with an orange twist.
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