I don’t think I can contain my love of gin.
GIN. GIN. GIN. GIN. GIN.
So crisp, so refreshing, so botanical. Mmmmmm.
Not gonna lie, I’m only mildly concerned with how quickly a 70cl bottle lasts us (a couple of weeks, pls tell me this is normal) but just when you think you’ve had all the different types of gin and allllll the different tonics then BAM. Fever Tree and Lidl have new releases and it would be rude not make a new cocktail, right?
This is a lil summin summin I made up myself (between us, I’m calling it the Seasonal Swift Gin Slammer… or maybe just Winter Warming Gin sounds better) and cor blimey, it really gets me ready for the Winter months.
I’m not a huge lover of thick beverages (I’m thinking purely of the amount of Bailey’s James manages to quoff down at Christmas time) so for me, this cocktail ticks three huge boxes:
Seasonal and fruity (without tasting overly spicy)
And bloody delicious.
I N G R E D I E N T S
- Fever Tree Clementine and Cinnamon tonic
- Hortus Oriental Spiced London Dry Gin (or any other spiced Gin)
- Fresh orange, sliced
- Pomegranate seeds
- Fresh sprigs of thyme
- Plenty of ice
- And your absolute prettiest glassware
M E T H O D
One of the best things about this recipe is rimming with the orange; slice into thin slices, gently squeeze and rim along the top of the glass, squeeze harder inside the glass and place the slice at the sides.
Keep the orange slices upright by placing a good handful of ice in the middle of the glass.
Gin first (obvs), then tonic. I have short tumblers so only used a single shot, but feel free to double up if you have a collins tumbler or copa glass.
Place pomegranate seeds on top of the ice, they’ll gradually fall down and rise back up again. I used about a teaspoon of pomegranate juice to get a very light pink tinge colour.
Pat thyme in between hands to release flavour and use as a stirrer.