cocktail recipes


Royal Fox Old Tom Gin (Episode 218)

We have great pleasure in tasting yet another gin from the Royal Fox Distillery, this time their Old Tom Gin.

Old Tom Gin is slightly sweeter than “normal” London Dry Gin.

This Gin is superb, great taste, no burn, and has a great length as well as having an excellent after taste.

With tonic, John M felt that the sweetness comes out more John also felt that people that felt London Dry Gin was too dry, this gin would make an ideal choice.

Another great product from the Royal Fox stable.

 

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Royal Fox Navy Strength Gin (Episode 208)

In this Gin Fun episode, we taste a fantastic Navy Strength Gin made in the little town, Skelmanthorpe, just outside of Huddersfield, where the actress that currently plays Dr Who, Jodie Whittaker, grew up!

Navy strength means that in the days of wooden warships if a barrel of gin was to split open and spill onto the gun powder casks the gun powder would still ignite because of the high alcohol content (57% Proof)!

On the nose, when neat, there is a definite orange scent, on the palette, the orange comes through just as much. Also for a gin that is 57% proof the gin is very smooth and hardly burns the mouth and throat at all.

When tonic is added the orange scent is still there, hardly dissipated by the tonic water. John M detected more of an earthy scent with the tonic added. The tonic makes it a “spot-on” Gin and Tonic. The flavour is softened but not compromised!

 

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Whittaker’s Navy Strength Gin (Episode 199)

In this episode, we taste a Navy Strength Gin created by Whittakers in North Yorkshire.
At 57% proof, this gin is so smooth.
It is a very complex gin in terms of taste with many flavours developing as you hold it in your mouth. Absolutely beautiful!
With tonic added the gin still holds it’s character, the tastes change slightly but it still tastes so delicious!

Well worth a try!

 

 

 

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Whittakers Winter Solstice Gin (Episode 202)

In this episode, we taste some more Whittakers gin. This time, having already tasted their Summer Solstice Gin, we taste their Winter solstice Gin.

On the nose, the fragrance is definitely of orange with John M getting a whiff of cinnamon.

On the taste with the gin just neat, Star of Anise and Cinnamon are present with the orange being only slightly detectable.

With tonic added the taste of winter and the holiday season still remains.

 

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Agnus Arber Gin (Episode 191)

In this episode of Gin Fun, we taste a wine named after Angnus Arber who im1948 became the first woman to win the linden Society Gold Medal. Agnus died in 1960 having produced an extensive library of books on both botany and philosophy.

 

 

It is with this appreciation of Agnus’s work that the creators of this the Agnus Arber Gin created their gin.

The nine botanicals used to create this gin are: –

Juniper
Angelica
Cassia
Coriander
Grapefruit
Iris
Lemon
Liquorice
Orange

John felt that some of the flavours mixed together to form a mushroom type taste.

There are lots of different tastes going on in this gin and which makes it very interesting to taste neat.

With tonic added the taste seem to be flattened to just the Orange and Junipers flavours – so for us, this one should be enjoyed neat!

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Spirit of Masham – House Cocktail (Episode 178)

The Spirit of Masham proprietor and distiller Derek Harle takes us through how to make their Dry Martini House Cocktail.

Add 50ml of Marsala Spirit of Masham Gin to a cocktail Shaker
Add a splash (around 15ml) of sugar syrup
Add 20ml of Vya dry Vermouth
Add ice
Give it a good shake
Strain through into your cocktail glass
Peel some lemon rind over the glass to allow the zest into the glass
as cutting
Place a little lemon twist in the glass

A great refreshing cocktail!

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Divine Gin Cocktail (Episode 171)

In this short episode, we learn how to make a new cocktail based on The House of Divine’s Gin.

This is a spectacular cocktail, created by Matt Stanley, that you should already have the ingredients for at home.

Pour 50 ml of Divine Gin into a cocktail shaker
Add 25ml of St Germain
Add 35 ml of mixed Lemon and Lime Juice
Shake over ice
Pour all of the contents from the shaker into your cocktail glass
Garnish with Mint and an Orange Twirl
(or top and tail lemongrass and twist into the drink)
And Serve…

 

 

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Num8er 8 Gin Cocktail (Episode 169)

In this episode, Matt Stanley from the House of Divine gin demonstrates how to make a simple Gin Cocktail from x ingredients, all of which are easily available from your local supermarket.

The base spirit has just been recently launched by Eorl Crabtree, the famous International Rugby player, NUMB8ER 8 gin, details of where you can purchase it from can be seen below.

Recipe
Add 5 Blueberries into a cocktail shaker
Then…
3 green grapes
3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
3 dashes of Aromatic Bitters
12.5ml of Crème de Peche
40ml of NUMB8ER 8 Gin
3 leaves of Mint
Give the contents of the shaker a nice long hard shake
Leave to rest while you prepare your glass
Add Ice to glass
Then add 15ml St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
Stir ice in the glass to chill the liqueur down a little
Add all the contents of your cocktail shaker into the glass over the ice
Now add 10ml of Lemon juice
And finally, finish with a Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic
Stir to combine
Slice off some peel from a firm orange including a small amount of the pith
Twist over the drink to express all of the oils from the peel, before adding the peel to the glass
And serve…
See how the expert does it and then give it a go!

 


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