Gin Mulled Wine - the warming mix of sweet and bitter is exactly what you want after a brisk walk on a Winter’s Day. This big batch recipe is ideal for entertaining friends at home too.
Bottle of Red wine (use something dry and full bodied like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah)
100mL Simple Syrup
100mL Orange Juice
1 handful fresh seasonal berries
6 cinnamon sticks, star anise, cloves, nutmeg - anything you like
Teaspoon of whole black peppercorns
Add all ingredients to a slow cooker and stir to combine. Heat on high for one hour. Reduce the temperature to low to keep it warm for up to 5 hours. If you don’t have a slow cooker, simply place ingredients in a heavy based casserole dish or saucepan, bring to the boil and simmer with the lid on, leaving it on a very low heat for about 45 minutes. To serve, spoon into a heatproof glassware. Garnish with a few berries, a stick of cinnamon and orange slice.
Aviation- a popular cocktail dating back to the early 1900s featuring gin, cherry, violets, and lemon. Served chilled but its enchanting floral flavours are sure to warm you up. Tasty, simple to make and really pretty.
50mL Dry Gin
15mL Maraschino liqueur
15mL Lemon juice
Splash of Creme de violette liqueur
Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker over ice. Shake a strain into a coupe and garnish with a lemon peel or cherry.
Gin Hot Toddy - typically reserved for whiskey, this winter warming ‘nightcap’ makes for a fantastic gin option.
15mL Lemon juice
1 tbsp Honey
15mL Stones Green Ginger Wine
150mL Boiling water
Add gin, lemon juice, honey & ginger wine to a glass. Stir, then top with boiling water stir. Add Juniper berries, cinnamon stick and a slice of lemon, to garnish.
Gin Spiked Hot Chocolate - indulge in this warming winter pick-me-up or tasty fireside nightcap.
1/2 cup Good quality chocolate, finely chopped
180mL Heated milk
Put the chopped chocolate in a mug. Pour the hot milk into the mug and let stand for 2 minutes until the chocolate melts, then stir with a spoon until smooth. Add in gin and stir to combine. Add mini Marshmallows or fresh raspberries, to garnish.
Hendrick's Hot Gin Punch - featuring honey, cinnamon and nutmeg, pineapple, gin and fortified white wine. Perfect for cocktail and dinner parties this winter.
700mL bottle gin
750mL bottle fortified white wine
6 lemon twists
3 large chunks pineapple
1 orange slice, plus more for garnish
1/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 whole cloves, plus more for garnish
1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch nutmeg
Gather the ingredients. In a large saucepan on low heat, add the gin, wine, lemon twists, pineapple, and orange slice. Stir in the honey and lemon juice, then the cloves, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg. Continue stirring until the sugar and ground spices are solved. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. Strain using a fine-mesh strainer to remove all of the whole fruits and spices.Pour the punch into a heat-proof punch bowl. Garnish with orange slices and cloves. Serve and enjoy.
Flamin' Moe - The Simpson's fans may remember this drink in the "Flaming Moe's" episode, where Homer created the Flaming Homer but then Moe stole it. There are many variations using different types of liqueur - this one replaces the cough medicine with full-proof rum.
28mL sloe gin
28mL mint liqueur
28mL blackberry liqueur
28mL strawberry juice
Pour all ingredients except the rum in a highball glass. Stir, then float the rum on the top. Ignite with a match and extinguish before drinking. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe and photo credit: thespruceeats.com
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