Warming Gin Cocktails to Enjoy in winter

If you’ve been thinking that gin is traditionally a summer spirit, the go-to classic on warm, bright evenings, then it is about time your brushed up on your cocktail skills. Warming gin cocktails are surprisingly good, and quite simple to serve at Christmas gatherings with friends and family.

Here are three Winter Gin Cocktails you must try. Inspired by our favourite Scottish gins – Hendricks and Edinburgh Gin, treat yourself and your guests using equipment usually found in every kitchen and a well-stocked fruit bowl. Enjoy.

HOT GIN TODDY

Serves 4

A classic warming cocktail to enjoy on the most wintery of evenings. When the when that hot water is poured, the botanicals of the gin open up and take on a new life.

EQUIPMENT: Pot, Teapot, Serving Spoon

INGREDIENTS:

4 teaspoon honey
120 ml orange juice
120 ml gin
One small cinnamon stick
Four slices of orange
About 240 ml boiling water

METHOD

  • Add the honey, orange juice, gin, cinnamon stick and a slices of orange to your teapot
  • Top up with about 60 ml boiling water and give it a good stir using your cinnamon stick.

 

MR MICAWBER’S HOT GIN PUNCH

By Hendricks Gin
Serves 4

A mulled hot gin punch to warm the cockles and melt the stalactites. Featuring honey, cinnamon and nutmeg, and a dalliance of HENDRICK’S GIN and Madeira Wine.

EQUIPMENT: Pot, Teapot, Serving Spoon

INGREDIENTS:

400 ml Hendricks Gin
2 teaspoons of Brown Sugar
6 large lemon and orange twists
1 small slice of orange
1 fresh pineapple
4 teaspoons of honey

METHOD

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a small pot and simmer gently for 30 minutes
  • Pour into a teapot and serve hot in teacups with some gingerbread on the side.

 

WINTER SIPPER

by Edinburgh Gin
Serves 1

A grown-up glass to warm dark winter nights; ideally enjoyed by the fire.
EQUIPMENT: Pot, Teapot, Serving Spoon

INGREDIENTS:

25ml Edinburgh Gin
20ml Chartreuse Jaune
15ml Benedictine D.O.M.
1 dash Drambuie
1 dash bitters

METHOD

  • Stir all ingredients together in a mixing glass.
  • Strain into a brandy glass over ice.
  • Garnish with an orange twist.

 

 

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