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The 12 Gins of Christmas

12 GINS OF CHRISTMAS

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me... No, not a non-migratory game bird sat in a fruit bush, thanks, but a beautiful bottle of something much more appealing.

GIN.

As we hit December, we're counting down to Christmas by highlighting a great Gin gift each day, and a crafty cocktail to create with it.

Starting on Thursday 1st December, and ending on Monday 12th, we'll reveal a daily cocktail recipe made with our top 12 Gins of Christmas. Enjoy!

THURSDAY 1ST DECEMBER

PEAR & APPLE WINTER WARMER
- WILLIAMS ELEGANT 48 GIN -

12 gins of christmas chase elegant gin pear cider

Unlike most gins, which are distilled from a neutral grain spirit, Williams Elegant 48 Gin is distilled from apples. Wonderfully crisp, with hints of citrus and sweet apple, this gin comes to life in a spiced cider punch.

Ingredients:
- 50ml Williams Elegant 48 Gin
- 200ml Apple Cider
- 50ml Pear Nectar
- Fresh apple to garnish
Pear Nectar
- 5 whole pears
- 25ml lemon juice
- 25ml sugar syrup
- Water
- Cinnamon stick
- Star Anise

Method:
To make the Pear Nectar: Core whole pears and add to a pan on low heat with fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup and water (roughly 25ml lemon juice, 25ml sugar syrup for every 5 whole pears). Simmer for around 20 minutes on low heat. Add mixture to a food processor and purée until smooth. Bottle and store in the fridge.
Add the Apple Cider to a pan over medium heat, along with pear nectar, a cinnamon stick and star anise. Add Williams Elegant Gin to the bottom of a tempered glass and top with the pear and cider infusion. Garnish with fresh apple slice and star anise.

FRIDAY 2ND DECEMBER

WINTER TOM COLLINS
- CITY OF LONDON GIN -

city of london winter tom collins gin cocktail

The classic City of London Gin comes in an eye-catching bottle and works particularly well in long drinks. This Tom Collins is a fine old drink with a simple elegance – just gin, lemon juice, and sugar, topped off with fizzy water – making it a delicious citrus alternative to summery G&Ts.

Ingredients:
- 1 Part City of London Dry Gin
- Juice of half a lemon
- 2 Parts Soda Water
- 2 tsp Caster Sugar
- Lemon Wedge
- Ice

Method:
Build plenty of cubed ice in a highball glass.
Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar and Gin and stir.
Top with soda water and stir again.
Garnish with a fat lemon wedge.

SATURDAY 3RD DECEMBER

THE RHUBARB FIZZ
- WARNER EDWARDS RHUBARB GIN -

12 gins of christmas Warner edwards rhubarb gin

A firm favourite, this popular pink gin is great with ginger ale, but excellent when spiked with fizz for something more celebratory. The ginger adds a warming zing to the drink whilst the lemon balances the sweetness.

Ingredients:
- 50ml Warner Edwards Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin
- 10ml Lemon juice
- 1 tsp Grated ginger
- 10ml Sugar syrup
- Prosecco top
- Sage Leaves

Method:
Shake all ingredients (excluding the Prosecco) together with ice.
Strain into a martini glass and top up with the Prosecco.
Garnish with a couple of sage leaves.

SUNDAY 4TH DECEMBER

THE CLOVER CLUB
- WILLEM BARENTSZ GIN -

12 gins of christmas willem barentzs clover club

A new gin inspired by the adventurous nature of the renowned Dutch explorer, Willem Barentsz uses the unique botanical of jasmine flower. Here, the light sweetness combined with citrus and winter fruits results in a delicious frothy cocktail in a fitting festive colour!

Ingredients:
- 50ml Willem Barentsz Gin
- 25ml Lemon Juice
- 20ml Plum and Pear Syrup
- 20ml Egg White
- To garnish: 4 Raspberries and ½ Red Plum

Method:
Dry Shake the ingredients together in a shaker.
Add ice and shake again.
Fine strain into a coupette glass and garnish with raspberries and plum.

MONDAY 5TH DECEMBER

WINTER BLOOM COCKTAIL
- THE BOTANIST GIN -

12 gins of christmas botanist winter bloom

We first spotted this cocktail on The Frosted Petticoat back in October and think the combination of spiced rum, ginger beer and the 22-botanical heavy Scottish gin, The Botanist, would be perfect for winter evenings by the fire.

Ingredients:
- 50ml Botanist Gin
- 15ml Spiced Rum
- 25ml Apple Juice
- Ginger Beer top
- Apple slice and sprig of thyme to garnish

Method:
In a coupe glass, pour the gin, rum, and apple juice.
Stir, then add a healthy amount of ginger beer.
Garnish with a thin apple slice and a fresh thyme sprig. Enjoy!

TUESDAY 6TH DECEMBER

SLOE & MULBERRY COBBLER
- WILLIAMS AGED SLOE AND MULBERRY GIN -

12 gins of christmas williams chase sloe gin smash

No Christmas Gin cocktail list would be complete without including a sloe gin cocktail. Williams mulberry and sloe variety is a must – it makes a great gift and, whilst tasty served neat, it’s a fruity fiesta in this wintry cobbler.

Ingredients:
- 50ml Williams Sloe and Mulberry Gin
- 1 Whole Blackberry
- 3 Whole Raspberries
- 25ml Cranberry Juice
- 12.5ml Sugar Syrup
- 12.5ml Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice

Method:
Add the fruit to the bottom of a shaker and muddle until broken down.
Add all the other ingredients and shake with cubed ice.
Double strain into a chilled coupette glass over crushed ice and garnish with fresh seasonal fruit.

WEDNESDAY 7TH DECEMBER

THE FESTIVE FLIP
- SILENT POOL GIN -

12 Gins of Christas cocktails silent pool gin

‘Flip’ cocktails have been around since the 1600s where they were originally made with heated ale and mixed with eggs. Silent Pool brings a delicious update to the classic drink, with its beautiful turquoise blue bottle sure to bring an update to your home bar, too!

Ingredients:
- 60ml Silent Pool Gin
- 1 egg
- 15ml Simple Syrup
- 15ml double cream
- Ice cubes
- Grated Nutmeg and Cinnamon to garnish

Method:
Place all of the ingredients, except for the garnish and ice, into a cocktail shaker, and shake vigorously for 40 seconds.
Add ice and continue to shake until the outside of the shaker is cold.
Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass, finely grate nutmeg over the top, add cinnamon and then serve immediately.

THURSDAY 8TH DECEMBER

TWISTED G&T
- SKIN GIN -

12 gins of christmas skin gin and tonic

Skin Gin is not your normal gin. With four different citrus botanicals and minty fresh notes, it’s for the experimental, not the traditional. Which is why it’s awesome with Fentimans herbal tonic. There’s even a Christmas edition Skin Gin bottle too.

Ingredients:
- 50ml Skin Gin
- 125ml Fentimans Herbal Tonic Water
- Orange Peel and Rosemary to garnish

Method:
Pour Skin Gin over cubed ice in a highball glass and stir to release the fresh, clean and light menthol and citrus notes.
Slowly add the herbal tonic. Garnish with a twist of orange peel and sprig of Rosemary.

FRIDAY 9TH DECEMBER

THE BEE'S KNEES
- ISFJORD ARCTIC GIN -

2 gins of christmas isfjord gin bees knees

Can a drink get more ‘wintry’ than ice cold gin made with water from the arctic icebergs? Isfjord gin is an exceptionally smooth, pure and silky gin. Bring out its bittersweet citrus botanicals with this tart cocktail. Fruity Christmas pudding accompaniment, totally optional…

Ingredients:
- 1 tbsp honey
- 50ml Isfjord gin
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- Lemon twist, for garnish

Method:
Squeeze an orange and a lemon to create the juices.
Combine the honey, 1 tablespoon each of the citrus juices and the Gin in a cocktail shaker.
Stir well to incorporate the honey.
Add ice and shake for 30 seconds.
Strain into a chilled coupe, garnish with a lemon twist.

SATURDAY 10TH DECEMBER

GREAT BRITISH NEGRONI
- WILLIAMS GB GIN -

12 gins of christmas williams chase gb gin british negroni

Williams GB Gin is made with Chase Potato vodka and infused with wild botanicals. Distinctly British, it is adorned with a union jack bow tie and available in a Tin Gift Set, in a Book, or (our favourite) with a leather hip flask. We like it neat, or in this warming Negroni.

Ingredients:
- 37.5ml William’s GB Gin
- 12.5ml Campari
- 25 ml Sweet Vermouth
- Fresh Orange Peel

Method:
Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with a fresh orange peel (no pith).
Stir until thoroughly chilled.
Strain into a short glass over cubed ice.
Add more orange peel to garnish.

SUNDAY 11TH DECEMBER

CRANBERRY SMASH
- EDGERTON PINK GIN -

12 gins of christmas edgerton pink pomegranate and cranberry smash

Pink gin made with pomegranates and an aphrodisiac sounds like something we made up. But it’s real. And it’s great. A perfectly pink present, we like to enjoy Edgerton's as the base spirit in this festive-coloured cocktail.

Ingredients:
- 30ml Edgerton Pink Gin
- 15ml Cointreau
- 50ml Cranberry juice
- Juice of ½ an orange
- Soda to top
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- Ice

Method:
Add Edgerton gin, Cointreau, cranberry juice, orange juice, and a handful of ice to the cocktail shaker and give a good old shake. Fill a glass with ice and strain. Top with soda and garnish with a sprig of rosemary.

MONDAY 12TH DECEMBER

HOT G&T
- SIPSMITH DRY GIN -

sipsmith hot gin and tonic

Who’d have thought it… definitely one to be tried to be believed! This is a superb alternative to mulled wine or cider when the weather gets frosty. Sipsmith’s smoothness and flavour makes it perfect for this warming cocktail. Clean, dry and full of juniper, not only the taste but the smart Sipsmith bottle too is sure to put a smile on the face of any recipient.

Ingredients:
- 50ml Sipsmith London Dry
- 20ml Jack Rudy Small Batch Tonic
- 10 ml sugar syrup
- 120-150ml Hot Water
- Orange twist or wheel to garnish (studded with cloves if you're feeling fancy!)

Method:
Combine Sipsmith gin, the tonic syrup and sugar syrup in a mug or heatproof stem glass
Stir well
Top with boiling water
Garnish with an orange twist or wheel.

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